Getting your company or team logo custom printed on a cap sounds like a straightforward request. That is until you’re asked what style of cap you want. Or how many panels.
There’s a good chance you’ve never heard the term ‘5 panel cap’ before but if you are considering getting custom printed caps you’ll want to understand the pros and cons of the various styles.
When you look at a cap, you’ll see a series of seams that run from the top (or the crown) down to the base. Each area between those seams is a separate panel. Apart from changing how the cap looks, the number of panels will change how it fits on your head.
More importantly, those panels also affect how your printed or embroidered logo will appear. Let’s take a closer look at why the 5 panel cap is perfect for printing.
Choosing a 5 Panel Cap for Custom Printing
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Looking at the 5 panel cap above, you can see how it is different to a regular baseball style cap. The seams don’t all meet at one point on the top, instead the top and back panels are joined giving you one rectangular panel at the front. Having that one large uninterrupted panel means you’ll have more clean surface area to print your logo or brand name. If you have an odd-shaped logo, a portrait style logo or you want your brand name in bigger, bolder letters, the 5 panel cap is ideal.
Another common cap used for custom printing and embroidery is the 6 panel cap. This style includes an extra seam down the front of the cap. If your chosen custom printer is using quality printing equipment, the extra seam down the centre won’t be an issue during the printing process. Just make sure you’re aware that your logo may be displayed over the seam.
Logo Embroidery on a 5 Panel Cap
Similar to printing, having your logo embroidered on a 5 panel cap can be much smoother. With no centre seam to deal with at the front of the cap, your logo is clearly displayed.
The 6 panel cap on the other hand must navigate around or over a thick centre seam. Again, for an experienced fabric printing company, this won’t be an issue. For the not-so-experienced, it may prove to be a bit of a hurdle.
5 Panel Vs 6 Panel Cap – What’s more comfortable?
Looking at the two products side-by-side, the 6 panel cap looks like a traditional-style baseball cap. The extra panel creates a more rounded shape at the front which tends to mould to the curvature of the head.
While the 5 panel cap is equally comfortable and fitted, it has a flatter, squarer shape at the front. This style helps the cap fit snugly on the head, making it a popular choice. The 5 panel cap is not restricted to one style - many trucker caps and snapbacks are also made using 5 panels.
But rather than just choosing a cap on comfort alone, it’s best to look for a style that matches your brand image. 5 panel caps are certainly in fashion, it’s just a matter of finding a design that suits your brand image.
If you want to find out more about custom printed caps, clothing or accessories, talk to Perth’s custom printing specialist, The Fabric Printer.The Fabric Printer can supply quality made caps and print or embroider your logo in your chosen colours. Whether you’re a business, school or sporting organisation, the Fabric Printer will find the perfect cap for you. Contact the team today or check out the full collection online.