Custom Running Hats
Now that you’ve decided on a hat style, we have quite a few options for printing your custom hat design that most companies don’t offer. These different printing methods allow us t shirts online with photos the flexibility to design the ideal hat or visor that you’re looking for and is best suited for your needs. Read about and follow the two-steps listed below to choose your printing and imprinting options. Then take a look at the table located at the bottom of the page for a helpful hat imprint side-by-side comparison chart. After you’ve settled on a printing method, you can then decide on what options you want to take advantage of for your awesome, new, custom hat under our ‘choose your options’ tab below. (No thanks, take me straight to the quote form)
Step One: Domestic or Factory Printing
Domestic: We refer to our in-house operation as Domestic Printing. Creating a hat through our Domestic Warehouse gives the fastest turnaround time and the most printing options: Sublimation, Embroidery, Heat Transfer, and Heat Seal. Our Domestic Printing is limited to finished stock items and a minimum order of 36 hats. Domestic Printing takes from 2-4 weeks for a finished product.
Factory: Factory Printing refers to our overseas printing operation. Embroidery and Sublimation are two of our most popular options for Factory Printing, but design options increase. With Factory Printing your hat is created from scratch, meaning you can put a design or multiple designs just about anywhere on the hat. If you want it on the bill, the headband, the back, or on the side, Factory Printing can get that done. The minimum Factory order quantity is 50 per style and color with a lead time of 40-90 days.
Step Two: Print Method
Sublimation: Dye sublimation is a process of printing directly onto the technical fabric which provides a high quality and durable printing option. In sublimation, the inks are fused into the fabric, unlike heat transfers or screen printing which sit on top of the fabric. This process not only gives fabrics a softer touch after printing but is also very durable. The color remains vibrant even after extensive washing, so it is ideal for athletic apparel. It’s almost as if we’re giving the hat a tattoo. This is the same process you’ll see in your Triathlon Kit or Cycling Kits you receive for races. Domestic Sublimation can only be done on light colored fabric as the design’s colors needs to be darker than the fabric.
Embroidery: We can take your logo or design and have it reproduced using our high-quality stitching process, giving it that classic, embroidered look. A lot of our customers have a high expectation with our embroidery process that is customized at the factory overseas. In the factory production process we add an additional piece of fabric that covers up the embroidery threads on the inside, whereas with Domestic embroidery the threads will show through on the inside of a hat or visor.
Heat Transfer: The Heat Transfer process is where your design gets heat pressed onto the fabric. Different from Sublimation, the design lays on top of the fabric, not within it. The advantage to Heat Transferring is that there is no color limit with your designs. Any design colors can sit on any hat color, unlike Sublimation which needs to be on a lighter colored hat. The Heat Transfer doesn’t fade with time; it’s always going to be a vibrant design even as the hat ages. Heat Transfer can’t be used on fleece products, so the winter beanies are exempt from Heat Transfer Printing.