New Era are perhaps the best known hat company in the world. They make the hats that baseball players wear during Major League Baseball games. You may not know the name New Era, but you will see people around the world wearing baseball caps with NY, LA or SF on the hat and that is almost certainly a New Era cap. They may be most famous for the hat they make for Major League Baseball, the 59FIFTY, but there are a number of different styles that provide a different look and fit. We will try and provide a quick description of all the different styles and why you might prefer one to the other.
The 59FIFTY – fitted cap
The 59FIFTY is the hat New Era is famous for. It is a fitted cap coming in many sizes for a perfect fit. The is roughly a centimetre difference between each size so you really should measure your head before you buy a 59FIFTY style. The crown of the hat has what is called a constructed crown. A constructed crown simply means that New Era have reinforced the front panels of the cap for a more rigid feel so the 59FIFTY keeps its shape. The brim of the hat comes out flat. You can curve the brim over time and get a different look, but more and more people are keeping the brim flat through out the life of the cap for a unique look that the 59FIFTY is famous for.
The 9FIFTY snapback cap.
The 9FIFTY is a snapback cap which has become very popular in the last few years. The 9FIFTY uses the same structured crown and flat brim that the 59FIFTY uses, but the 9FIFTY has an adjustable backing. This means that the 9FIFTY usually only comes in 1 or 2 sizes and fits almost any head. Because of this easy fitting the 9FIFTY makes a great present. Also perfect for a growing child. You won’t have to replace your favourite hat each year, you can simply loosen the snap at the back of the hat to get the right fit.
The 39THIRTY stretch to fit cap.
The 39THIRTY was one of New Era’s first departures from the styling of the 59FIFTY. The cap still has a structured crown, but it has a pre-curved brim and a sweat band inside the hat that is made of spandex so it stretches to fit many sizes. The pre-curved brim doesn’t require any shaping or training of the brim so it gives the hat a ready to wear feel right out of the box. The fact that the sweatband stretches to fit means you don’t have to be as exact in getting your size and usually provides a nice snug fit, again a more ready to wear feel right out of the box.
The 9FORTY adjustable cap.
The 9FORTY is a nice mixture of the 39THIRTY and the 9FIFTY styles. The cap offers the pre-curved brim of the 39THIRTY and the adjustable back of the 9FIFTY. Usually, the 9FORTY offers an adjustable strap at the back of the hat either with a buckle or with velcro, which is different from the 9FIFTY’s plastic snapback. The 9FORTY still offers a constructed crown like all the styles above so the hat keeps its shape even when it is not being worn.
The 9TWENTY adjustable cap.
Like the 9FORTY, the 9TWENTY has a pre-curved brim, adjustable strap at the back, but it offers an unconstructed crown. That means that the crown of the 9TWENTY style is soft and does not keep its shape as well as the New Era styles mentioned above. This soft crown styling is a bit of an homage to old baseball cap styles worn in the early and mid 20th century. You can roll this cap up and fit it in your pocket, or easily pack it in a suit case as the crown is so soft.
The 29TWENTY cap.
The 29TWENTY cap offers the same soft crown style and pre-curved brim as the 9TWENTY, but this cap has a fitted back. Like the 9TWENTY, this cap has a throwback style and New Era understand that. They usually combine the 29TWENTY with old teams such as the Brooklyn Dodgers or with out of date logos for classic teams such as the Yankees or Red Sox.
The 19TWENTY cap.
The 19TWENTY cap like the 9TWENTY and the 29TWENTY is a throwback style, but this cap comes with a flat brim. Again, the style will usually come with old teams or old logos on the hat as the soft crown offers an old school look.