Structured & Unstructured Hats: What Are They & How Are They Different?

Differences between structured and unstructured hats
Scott Kalapos on May 13, 2022

In the mood to learn about our promotional hats & caps? Good! Today, we're going to clear up one of the most common questions customers have about our headwear. Namely, we're going to explain the features that set structured caps apart from unstructured versions. In addition, we'll also tell you all about hat profile types as well as 5 panel vs 6 panel hats. By the time you're through reading this article, you'll be a certified hat expert!

Differences Between Structured Caps and Unstructured Caps Explained

As promised, we're going to start out by talking about the features that define structured and unstructured caps, as well as the advantages of both when used as promotional products. Without any further ado, we'll get started.

Promotional Structured Hats

So, what is a structured cap? As one may guess from the name, this is style of cap in which structure comes standard. The steady structure comes from a buckram, which is a piece of stiff fabric. Inserted into the two front panels, the buckram most often is composed from cotton or polyester with a light coating of plastic. Our custom company logo structured caps are recommended when a hat that always holds its shape is desired. This is a feature that can come in handy, as your logo will remain clearly displayed, even when users aren't wearing their caps.

Structured Cap with Logo

Custom Unstructured Hats and Caps

Now it's time to get into unstructured caps. The branded unstructured hats available for sale on our site have some key differences when compared to structured versions. Most importantly, the buckram is absent. This means that when removed from the wearer's head, they won't always keep their shape. They also have a softer feel and more floppy style. This is why they're a popular choice as painter's caps and for more low-key, casual situations.

Unstructured Cap with Logo

What are the Different Profile Types of Customized Hats

As you browse through our collection of personalized hats and caps, it's inevitable that you'll come across terms such as "high profile", "medium profile", and "low profile". Each of these terms refers to how the hat sits on a wearer's head and each style has its own set of advantages. The next three sections will provide a quick rundown of each, one-by-one.

Custom Low Profile Hats

One of the most popular giveaway items for sports teams comes in the form of our personalized low profile baseball caps. The following bullet list will highlight some of their key features.

Low Profile Hat with Company Logo

Features of Low Profile Hats

  • Very shallow slant in front panel
  • Sits low on the face, with the brim just above the eyes and the crown only slightly extending past the top of the head
  • Casual, comfortable look popular with golfers and baseball players

Wholesale Medium Profile Hats

Investing in our wholesale medium profile hats for giveaways at your next trade show or event is a sound policy when a wider logo imprint is desired without a crown that reaches too far upward. Below are a few of the hallmark features of a custom medium profile cap.

Camo Medium Profile Cap with Logo Embroidery

Features of Medium Profile Hats

  • Steeper front panel slant as compared to low profile hats
  • Wider space provided for logo imprints
  • A taller crown than those in low profile hats, yet shorter than those in high profile caps

Promotional High Profile Hats

When it's a promotional trucker hat or similar wholesale cap giveaway that fits one's promotional needs, a high profile cap is the way to go. Our company logo printed high profile hats and caps have some unique features of their own. We'll tell you about a few of them now.

High Profile Cap with Custom Logo

Features of High Profile Hats

  • Rigid front panels
  • Large, front facing logos displayed toward the center of the front panel
  • High rise crowns, often extending an inch or more above users' heads

Custom 5 & 6 Panel Hats & Caps

Last but not least, we'll expound a bit upon the topic of 5 and 6 panel caps. While it may seem like a small detail, the number of panels in a hat can make a big difference as far as style and function are concerned. Want to know how? Read on!

Promotional 5 Panel Caps with Logos

What are 5 panel hats? We'll list some of the features of these custom caps in the following list:

Company Logo 5 Panel Hats

5 Panel Cap Features

  • Large, front facing panels
  • Small line of stitching descending from middle of crown
  • Extra prominent logo display, often embroidered

Our company logo 5 panel hats are great for displaying a large and intricate design. Your company can create its own five panel caps through screen printing, full color printing, heat transfer printing, embroidery, or dye sublimation.

Custom Printed Business Logo 6 Panel Cap

What is a 6 panel cap? We'll tell you in the list below:

Promotional 6 Panel Cap with Logo

6 Panel Cap Features

  • Most common style of baseball cap
  • Slightly more refined look than a five panel cap
  • Can still feature embroidery, but in a smaller area
  • Round appearance, thanks to even number of panels

Buy our business logo printed 6 panel hats wholesale and you'll have a powerful mobile marketing tool that will be enjoyed by just about everyone. These custom caps will be continued to see use after the game or corporate event, creating ad impressions on the street, on trains, planes, and buses, schools, college campuses, restaurants, bars, and just about anywhere else imaginable.

Turn to 4AllPromos for All of Your Promotional Product Needs

That's all for today's hat lesson. We hope you had fun reading this article. We also hope that you picked up some valuable knowledge that can help to empower you to make the best possible decision when making your next promotional product purchase. Never hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our hats & caps or any of our other product categories. Our customer service experts and professional artists are always ready, willing, and able to help bring your promotional item visions into reality!

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