New Era Caps: Getting the Style Which Works for You
With so many variants and styles of New Era cap it can be a bit of a lottery trying to pick the right style for you. With everything from fitted flat peaks like the 59Fifty or 9Fifty to a more relaxed style such as the like the 39Thirty or 9Forty, then of course we can’t forget the trucker if you really want a cool modern/ vintage look!
This guide aims to give you a comprehensive breakdown of some of the most common styles, and don’t worry if you don’t want to read through the full article their is a youtube video which gives you a good idea of what style will work for you too.
59Fifty: New Era Cap
The New Era 59Fifty is the original true fitted baseball cap. It’s New Era’s flagship style and a true icon in sport and street culture, one of the few style items which transcend style genres and is enjoyed by many different groups no matter what their style. Worn on the field of play by athelites worldwide, including the MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA.
The crown of the 59Fifty fitted hat is a structured high crown and will fit best if you have a head shape which is more squared off, or you just like a high crown look. The visor of all New Era 59Fifty fitted caps are flat.
Since this is a fitted hat, you will need to know your size for a proper fit. Fitted hats are like shoes. Even if you are one size off, the fit can be uncomfortable. Check out the size guide on our product pages to determine the best size for you.
9Fifty: New Era Cap
The New Era Original Fit 9Fifty snapback is a retro style cap inspired by the snapbacks that were popular during the 80’s. The 9Fifty has a squared off visor and tapered back opening for a true retro snapback look. The 9Fifty uses the same structured crown and flat brim as the 59Fifty uses, bot the 9Fifty has an open and adjustable back. Usually, the adjustable backing is a retro style plastic snapback strap but it can come with anything as the back strap depending on the cap style.
Technically the 9Fifty comes in three sizes but the One Size fits Most should fit most people. However, be careful if you have a large head as it can look out of proportion and a bit small.
39Thirty: New Era Cap
The New Era 39Thirty is a stretch fit style cap. The shape and fabrics are engineered specifically for the 39Thirty in order to create the ultimate stretch fit cap. The 39Thirty was one of the first ‘new styles’ from New Era, taking them away from the comfort zone of the 59Fifty and 9Fifty into new styles and territories. The 39Thirty flex fit cap still has the structured crown and closed back, but has a pre-curved visor and an interior sweatband. These caps keep their elasticity well, feeling snug but not overly tight for the size range.
The 39Thirty is also a low profile, low crown hat for a more snug look and comes in 3 sizes, check out our product pages for the size guide.
9Forty: New Era Cap
The New Era 9Forty adjustable hat is a nice mixture of the 39Thirty and the 9Fifty styles. The hat is a similar fit to the 39Thirty flexfit hat with its low profile structured crown and pre-curved visor. But instead of a closed back and stretchfit band, this hat has an open adjustable back with a variety of closure types (Snapback, strapback, velcro back). Similar to the 9Fifty, the 9Forty adjustable hat is not the best fit for larger head sizes. If you wear a size 7 5/8, you are borderline in having a good fit in the 9Forty.
Trucker: New Era Cap
Instead of being made of cotton fabric like a typical baseball cap like a typical baseball cap, the front section of the trucker hat above the bill is foam, and the rest is plastic mesh for breathability. The foam front of the hat stands up straight and stiff, which makes the trucker hat taller than most baseball caps.