Fitted Hat vs Snapback

Fitted Hat vs Snapback - What Are The Differences?

When it comes to caps, two of the most popular styles are the snapback and the fitted hat. 

So, when it comes down to a fitted hat vs a snapback - what are the main differences between the two and which one will suit you?

Fitted Hat Vs Snapback

Snapback hats and fitted hats are both popular styles of baseball caps, but they differ in a few key ways:

  1. Closure: Snapback hats have an adjustable snap closure on the back, while fitted hats have a closed back with no adjustability.
  2. Fit: Snapback hats are designed to fit a wide range of head sizes, thanks to their adjustable closure. Fitted hats, on the other hand, are made in specific sizes, so they provide a more custom fit.
  3. Style: Snapback hats are often associated with a more casual, streetwear-inspired look, while fitted hats are typically worn as part of a sportier or more athletic outfit.
  4. Brim: Snapback hats usually have a flat brim, while fitted hats may have a flat or curved brim depending on the brand and style.

What Is A Fitted Hat?

Red Fitted Hat

A fitted hat is a style of baseball cap that has a fully enclosed back. They often have a wide, flat brim and are the choice for many customizers. 

Fitted hats come in 12 sizes ranging from small to extra extra large. We have included the size chart from the New Era brand below.

Fitted Hat Size Chart

Fitted hats are different from FlexFit hats in that there is no movement in the fit  of the cap. For this reason, accurate sizing is key to finding a good fitted.

What Is A Snapback?

Red Snapback Hat

A snapback is a style of baseball hat that features a plastic snap enclosure at the back. This allows for the wearer to adjust the fit of the hat to whichever of the 7 snaps that fits their head the best.

For this definition, we are classifying snapbacks as different from dad hats, strap backs, or velcro stapbacks. 

What Are The Differences?

Fitted Hat

  • Fixed size
  • Closed back panel
  • Usually features a wide, flat brim
  • typically worn as part of a sportier or more athletic outfit


    • Adjustable size - 7 sizes
    • Open back panel
    • Plastic snap strap
    • Often associated with a more casual, streetwear-inspired look


    So there you have it, those are the main differences between a fitted hat and a snapback. If you're looking for adjustability, a more streetwear-style look and a flat brim - we'd suggest a snapback. If you want a sportier look and know your head size we'd suggest a fitted hat.

    If you're looking for a hunting or fishing hat then take a look at some of our best selling categories, we have both fitted and snapback hat styles available:



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