1. What's the difference between a trucker hat and a baseball cap?
Baseball caps typically have six triangular sections, a slightly curved bill or brim, and a fabric-covered button on top. They were the standard for baseball player uniforms. Trucker hats, on the other hand, are a type of baseball cap but have a foam front section that stands tall and straight, a mesh back for breathability, and a snapback closure for adjustability.
2. Why is it called a trucker hat?
The trucker hat originated in the 1980s as a promotional item given away by feed stores and farming supply companies to truck drivers, farmers, and other rural workers. With their logos prominently displayed on the foam front panel, these hats were an affordable advertising tool, leading to the name "trucker hat."
3. What's the history behind baseball caps?
Baseball caps have been a sports uniform staple since the mid-1850s. Originally made of straw by the New York Knickerbockers, they transitioned to fine wool within a few years. Their acceptability for casual wear skyrocketed in the late 1970s and early 1980s due to televised sports and pop culture influences.
4. How do I clean my baseball hat properly?
Avoid machine washing. Instead, hand wash using laundry detergent, solvent-based products like Shout, or shampoo. After treating dirty areas, soak the hat in soapy water, rinse it, and then let it dry, ideally on an oval container or towel to maintain its form.
5. Can I just toss my baseball cap in the washing machine?
While you might come across such advice, we strongly advise against it. Hand washing is the safest and most effective way to ensure your hat remains in good shape.
6. Why should I avoid the dishwasher for cleaning hats?
Using a dishwasher to clean your hat can deform its shape. Instead, follow our hand-washing instructions for the best results.
7. Is a trucker hat the same as a snapback?
A trucker hat is a type of snapback because of its adjustable snap closure. However, not all snapbacks are trucker hats. What defines a trucker hat are features like the mesh back and the foam front panel.
8. Were baseball caps always adjustable?
No, initially, baseball caps were made in standard sizes. Adjustable baseball caps, with snap, velcro, or strap closures, became available after 1980.
9. What is a "squatchee"?
A "squatchee" is the fabric-covered button found on top of baseball caps.
10. Which men’s hats are cooler in hot weather: baseball caps or trucker hats?
A trucker hat, with its breathable mesh back, is designed to keep you cooler in warmer conditions compared to a standard baseball cap.
Both kinds are American classics, each with its unique style and history. So whether you're team trucker hat or baseball cap, feel free to shop our collection of the best men’s hats around.