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Trucker hats may get a bad rap but hear us out: they’re actually a pretty practical — and stylish — accessory to add to your arsenal.
As the name suggests, a trucker hat was once associated with the baseball-style caps worn by truck drivers and farmers. Also known as a “mesh cap,” trucker hats have the same wide brim and front panels as baseball caps, but are distinguished by their mesh backing, which help to keep your head cool and sweat-free. This makes trucker hats great for music festivals, hiking, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities.
The best trucker hats are made from a durable cotton blend material (usually cotton and polyester), with plastic mesh in the back. Some trucker hats swap the cotton panels for foam. Because of the stiff front panels, a trucker hat is typically larger and wider than a baseball cap, which can sometimes have a “floppier” fit.
Trucker caps are not only breathable, they’re also comfortable, with adjustable snap-back closures to fit most head shapes and sizes.
While some associate trucker hats with Kid Rock or Ashton Kutcher’s very specific Nineties style (read: college frat bro meets rocker), the latest trucker hats these days are surprisingly subdued in style, making them a lot more wearable than similar models from the past. The best trucker caps are cool and comfortable, offering a laidback look that works as easily for brunch as it does for the beach.
1. LINDO Trucker Hat
Whether you’re hiking, camping or fishing, this trucker hat from LINDO will hold up to the elements, whether rain or shine.
Made in the USA, the hats are made from a durable cotton blend material that holds its shape better than foam. The mesh backing allows for breathability.
This is a classic mid-profile fit that doesn’t sit too high or low on the head, but rather right above the brow line. A snap closure is adjustable to fit most head shapes.
Choose from more than a dozen colors. The hats come shipped in a box to keep it protected in transit.
2. Goorin Bros. Animal Farm Snap Back Trucker Hat
Goorin Bros. has been making hats for more than a century, with roots in Philadelphia since 1895. These hats are stylish enough to wear to a music festival or concert, with retro-inspired animal embroidery. They’re great for a beach day too, with the mesh backing keeping you cool, even in the sun. Choose from 20 different designs.
The hats are made from comfortable a polyester and cotton blend, with a snap closure.
3. Yupoong Classics Retro Trucker Cap
Yupoong has been making hats since 1974 so they know a thing or two about what fits.
This is the most versatile pick on our list with a two-tone design (available in more than a dozen colors) that works for any style or occasion. Structured front panels are stiff and hold its shape, while the company’s “Permacurv” visor ensures the brim stays perfectly bent.