Most of the baseball caps in the market are made from high quality materials and tested for strength and reliability. One of the most important parts of shopping for baseball caps should therefore be finding the right size for you. Can you really find a right fitting cap?
Factors to Consider
Finding the right baseball cap size is just like buying any piece of clothing; you need to fit it to find the proper size for you. Sometimes you need to fit different sizes to discover what is most comfortable for you. There are also a couple of factors that must be considered in the selection process.
One of the things to consider is the purpose for which the baseball cap would be used. Are you buying it for fashion or athletic purposes? Second, what type of material would you prefer for your baseball cap? Why is the material important? Read on.
Each manufacturer claims to use proprietary technology in the production process. However, regardless of the manufacturing process, the type of material used is almost the same.
Polyester is a type of synthetic material that is shrink resistant even when exposed to wet conditions. So if you are choosing this type of material, you have to get the exact fit for your head. This is likewise more preferred if your purpose in buying a baseball cap is for athletic use because even if you sweat the moisture will not affect the size.
Some baseball caps make use of a combination of wool and cotton. The blend which is usually 70% wool and 30% cotton (or sometimes 100% wool) is known to shrink when it is exposed to moisture and the elements. So if you choose this material, you need to compensate for the shrinkage to find the right size. This type is also preferred if your purpose is purely for fashion.
How can you get the most accurate measurement possible? Get a measuring tape or a long piece of string enough to go around your head. Of course you need to understand the margin of error involved when using a piece of string.
To get an accurate measurement, the tape or string must be placed around your head at the same level where you would wear the baseball cap. The measuring tape must also remain flat and not twisted. From the starting point (usually on your forehead), wrap the tape around and without any overlapping, record the circumference of your head.
Most reputable manufacturers of baseball caps would have a measurement or size chart. The sizes are normally represented in ranges so choose where the size of your head falls between the range. This should give you some room for potential shrinkage depending on the material you choose.
If you are using a string instead of a measuring tape, the most important thing is to be able to accurately mark the string to get the measurement. Just like with the tape measure, make sure that the end does not overlap the start of the string.
You also need to take note of the stitching, which can cause fractional errors that can affect the overall fit of the cap.
Knowing all of these factors including how to measure accurately, you should have no problem finding the right baseball cap size for you.