Of course, using a helmet of any kind is better than no helmet at all. But still, this begs a question: would you mind wearing a helmet that was developed back in 1968, especially knowing the fact that its original version was not designed to stop bullets?
On paper, everything looks entirely different. But it seems that the Russian military decided to simply pass an old helmet under a new name. This is how the SSh-68 became “Kolpak 20”.
This fact has been recently confirmed by the Ukrainian soldiers multiple times. “Kolpak 20”, which is supposed to be a modern creation, even has the same constructional features as the old SSh-68. The edges even have markings where a part of the metal was cut to make them appear like new models.
It is fair to admit that later modifications of this helmet, SSh-68M and SSh-68N, were upgraded by installing an aramid fiber liner inside.
According to official documentation, they provide class 1 protection, i.e. are capable to resist a shot from a basic 9 mm pistol. Anything above that is deadly to a person who wears it.
Defense Express did a quick investigation, and it seems that the price of “Kolpak 20” in the Russian Federation is above $400, while it is possible to find a ‘vintage’ unused Soviet-era SSh-68 for about $20.
For comparison, for the same amount of $400 it is possible to purchase a modern Kevlar helmet realistically meeting the protection requirements defined by the NIJ IIIA standard, or potentially even better.