With so many cap styles, it’s not surprising that one of the frequently asked questions we get from our customers is about the difference between snapbacks and dad hats. A dad hat is a 5-panel (usually) baseball cap that has a slightly curved brim (pre-curved by the manufacturer), whereas a snapback is a 6-panel baseball cap with a flat brim. Both are meant to be one-size-fits-all that come with an adjustment strap in the back.
A snapback’s brim is flat and wide, while a dad hat has a round, pre-shaped brim.
A snapback’s front panel is hard, pre-shaped, and almost at a 90° angle, making it ideal for large designs that need to be very visible. On the other hand, dad hats have a softer front panel that’s angled backwards.
Snapbacks have a more of a ‘in your face’ style due to the seemingly larger front panel and a dad hat is more subtle looking with a fitted look & feel.