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What Is a Five Panel Hat ?

Aug 16, 2019


The question "what is a five panel hat" is often asked! Do you ever get confused by the term "what is a 5 panel hat"?  Well, here is a simple guide to help with your confusion. You can find the answer below.

what is a five panel hat ?

Generally, a five-panel hat comes to refer to the camp cap, that's an entirely different style of construction. Below is a picture of a denim five panel hat.

what is a five panel hat from cap factory's point of view?

Printers, embroiderers, and other artists began demanding caps be made without the seam, allowing for uninterrupted images on the front of the hat. Thus was the darted front panel introduced, replacing two panels with an oddly shaped one that would serve the purpose without the seam. The end result is the five-panel cap.

Below is a five panel hat from cap factory's point of view



custom five panel hat

Custom 5 panel hats are traditionally a comfortable, athletic ballcap based loosely on a hunting style hat but more streamlined with a super shallow crown and adjustable strap at back, usually either in leather or nylon.  While typically popular with the younger crowd, you might see older generation wearing them as well depending on their popularity. Since Tyler the Creator started repping the Supreme classic a little bit ago, the classic 5 panel hats has started to pick up speed.



Hengxing Caps Factory (hx-caps.com) offers many custom 5 panel hats products for wholesale. And it's important that the name of the game here is customization.

A wide variety of custom 5 panel hats options are available to you, such as nylon, 100% cotton, and polyester/cotton. You can also choose from printed, plain, and embroidered. As well as from character, striped, and image. And whether custom 5 panel hats is unisex, or female.

what is a panel cap?

First, the term "PANEL" refers to the crown of the hat. When we talk about 5/6/7 panels we are talking about the crown of the cap.


the history of five panel hat

For some, the 5-panels reign is an 80s and 90s throwback to when peaks on caps faced skyward, even though through the early 00s they became increasingly horizontal. For others it's to do with adopting a skating cap with a peak that offers more visibility while you're snotting yourself falling off a rail.


Whatever the muddled roots are, Since Tyler the Creator started repping the Supreme classic a little bit ago, the classic 5 panel shape has started to pick up speed and more brands have picked up the trend, releasing new graphic patterns with bright colorways and details. Supreme had been quietly carving a niche amongst skaters in New York since the mid 90s as the t-shirt, cap and backpack brand of choice alongside Vans and DC Shoes. A decade after the New York store took off, they opened one twice as big in LA in 2004. Four stores in Japan followed, along with a London branch last year. Their 5-panels are their winning product, snapped up every time new versions go on sale.


Five panels are traditionally a comfortable, athletic ballcap based loosely on a hunting style hat but more streamlined with a super shallow crown and adjustable strap at back, usually either in leather or nylon. They can be made of a canvas, ripstop nylon, or suede. Always popular with skaters (especially Euros), the 5 panel got a great big pick-me-up from Supreme in the early 2000s and has been a staple with the brand since. Shop Obey and Hundreds 5 panels at Zumiez, more brands soon to come.

what is a dad hat?

What is the dad hat definition? Simply put, a dad hat is a baseball cap (not a snapback hat, not flat bill) that doesn't have a constructured front lining inside it and is probably a little oversized on the wearer.


what is a fitted hat?

In the cap factory, we call it a "flexfit hat" when the hat owns the lack of closure mechanic at the back.


Although for the many the enclosure is exactly what gives the snapback more of an edge; without the fastening at the back, you have a much cleaner crown with more style potential for custom designs. Hengxing Caps Factory love designing fitted baseball caps.


Fitted caps have no mechanism to adjust the size of the cap and have closed backs, with no opening. They are not adjustable .


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