Since 1920, New Era has been a leading producer of top quality athletic caps, spreading its brand across the world for over 90 years. By immersing itself in the ever changing fashion, cultural and athletic trends, New Era has emerged as the standard for quality, fitted athletic caps.
With a reputation for unmatched quality, combined with conquering the test of time, New Era has earned itself the name, “The Official On-Field Cap of Major League Baseball.”
When shopping for New Era caps, one of the most important factors to take into consideration is, “what is the right size New Era baseball cap for me?” In case you didn’t know, New Era has trademarked the phrase, “Originators of the True Fitted.” The majority of New Era caps are fitted, meaning, they are non-adjustable.
Finding the right size New Era cap, is like finding the right size pair of jeans. You need to know what size you are and you need to try them on to see if they fit right and look, how you, want them to look. You need to take the same care when shopping for a New Era baseball cap.
Before we start looking for the right size New Era cap, we need to take a couple of factors into consideration:
1) Is the hat going to be worn for fashion purposes or athletic use? If you will be outside sweating, or in rainy, wet conditions, keep this in mind as we look at consideration number two.
2) Material is the second consideration to keep in mind before finding the right size New Era cap for you.
New Era On-Field Collection caps featuring the Cool Base Performance Technology are made out of 100% polyester. Polyester is a synthetic material that is shrink resistant, meaning your New Era cap will not shrink of exposed to any wet conditions.
Most New Era caps are not part of the On-Field Collection. The On-Field Collection caps are the caps that your favorite MLB players wear on the field. These caps are not made with New Eras’ Cool Base Performance Technology (meaning they’re not made with polyester). These New Era caps are mostly made of 100% wool or a 70/30 wool/cotton blend. Wool and cotton will shrink when exposed to moisture.
** when buying any New Era cap with wool or cotton, please consider that it may shrink if exposed to any moist elements.
In order to most accurately find the right size New Era cap for you, you will need a measuring tape similar to what a clothing tailor would use. If you don’t have a measuring tape, a piece of string long enough to wrap around your head, a pencil, and ruler will work. Please keep in mind that there is much more margin for error when using the string and ruler measuring method.
When using a measuring tape, wrap the tape around your head along the same path your baseball cap would wrap around your head. For the most accurate measurement, make sure that your tape measure is flat against your head all the way around and that the measuring tape isn’t twisted.
At what point does the beginning of the measuring tape meet with the tape as it is wrapped around your head? Without any overlapping of the measuring tape, record in either inches or centimeters, the circumference of your head.
The circumference of your head is the distance all the way around the outside of your head. In my case, the circumberence of my head is 22.5 inches. I would then compare my size head of 22.5 inches with the New Era Size Conversion Chart.
Size Inches Centimeters
6 7/8 21 5/8 54.9
7 22 55.8
7 1/8 22 3/8 56.8
7 1/4 22 3/4 57.7
7 3/8 23 1/8 58.7
7 1/2 23 1/2 59.6
7 5/8 23 7/8 60.6
7 3/4 24 1/4 61.5
As you can see, my size, 22.5 inches, falls right between the 7 1/8 and 7 1/4 size range. When looking for the right size New Era cap, you always want to make sure you do not get a tight hat. Remember, most New Era caps are made with wool or a wool/cotton blend and will shrink of if gotten wet. Even a small amount of sweat on a hot day can lead to your New Era cap to shrink.
If possible, try your New Era cap on before purchasing it. Errors by fractions of an inch the stitching can make a difference in how your cap will fit, either making it too tight, or too loose.
When using the string, pencil and ruler method to find the right size New Era cap you will want to apply the same principles used in the measuring tape method. With the string method, the string, will act as our tape measure. Wrap the string around the outside of your head along the course that your cap would fit.
Mark the exact spot where the beginning of the string meets the string as it is wrapped along the outside of your head. Using a ruler, measure how much string was needed to wrap around your head. The pencil is helpful if you have a something your can mark your measurements on to help with accuracy.