What Profile is best for you?
Updated: Mar 9
Do you know what it means to have a mid-profile cap?
Most people don't, and that's okay. It's not something you usually have a coffee over, but this little-known feature has a drastic impact on how the hat will look on people. It can be difficult to choose if you want a low, mid, or high-profile cap because everyone has personal preferences on how they want their hats shaped and manufacturers vary on their profile height specs.
Those two variables make selecting a hat profile very difficult and different for each customer, but read the rest of this article and we will help you become a pro at selecting the perfect hat profile for your brand, event, or hobby.
In a nutshell: Hat profiles talk about where your hat will sit on your head.
For example, a trucker hat has a tall crown. This means that it usually sits lower on your forehead. Whereas, a "Dad" hat will sit higher on your head because it has a shorter crown. This has to do with the length of the paneling on your hat. For this post, our dear General Manager, Dylan, was our model. See how the pink Camo hat sits higher on Dylan's head than the Trucker hat on the far right?
Let's start with our Pink Camo that Dylan is sporting so nicely!
This hat style is an Unstructured, 6 panel, Low Profile hat. It is nicknamed the "Dad Hat". It is also the most commonly worn hat by ladies. This is because it gives maximum visibility and is easier to slip a ponytail into. Yes, the name is contrary to where it sits on your forehead. If it is higher on your forehead, then it will be called a low profile.
Mid-Profile is less distinct than a low profile. It has an industry-standard of a 3"-4" cap. This means that a mid-profile from Flexfit will be slightly different than a mid-profile from a Port Authority brand. As you can see from our stock image we use for digital layouts, you see we have a little under a 4-inch crown profile. This is the most common profile for orders in recent years. It still gives wearers plenty of shade for eyesight but has more headroom. This is more of a common style of hat for men rather than women because of their head size. That doesn't mean that lots of women would turn away from a hat that they like because it is the wrong profile. It is a safe bet when you are buying for customers and employees because it is a better fit for most.
High Profile hats are anything higher than that 4 inches. You might say that is a huge crown! It actually doesn't look as large as one might think. This foam front, 5-panel, mesh back, high profile hat that Dylan is wearing in the image below, measures a 4.75-inch crown. See how low it is on his brow? This hat is optimal for larger decoration. Which explains why it is a more popular style for trendsetters and brand awareness.
Now that you know what you are looking for, it will be easy to select the hat that will be perfect for all your needs. Check out our online catalog of hundreds of hat styles at arizonacap.com!