The Lids brand is a known and trusted provider of sports gear and head gear. The company operates out of Indianapolis, Indiana and has more than a thousand retail outlet locations around the US. The corporation was acquired by Hat World in 2011 and this move was one of the reasons of their success.
Their e-commerce website provides a great custom sports hat service. They also offer a lot of several other sports gears such as jerseys, shirts and accessories. You will find a huge selection of awesome products for sports enthusiasts, whether you are a player or just a sports fan. They have an awesome assortment of sports teams in the MLB, NFL, NBA, etc. Currently though, their custom service is only available for hats.
Several hat styles are available for customization. This includes shortstop hats, full count, slugger, knit, fan trucker, snapback, stretch fit, visor and also kids caps. Prices will vary depending on the design and location. Expect to spend around $20 – $40 for one custom cap. You can get a 5-10% discount if you are a club member. Also, watch out for sales and promos as the site constantly gives out discounts from time to time. You can also opt to upload your own artwork but there is a non-refundable setup fee of $50 per image. This fee is waived for orders of 36 or more.
Lids has a pretty nifty Design Lab. Unlike other design studios, we like that this one is well-built but still easy to use. You can choose from a nice array of graphic images which will be embroidered on your chosen product. Text embroidery is also another option for design. There are additional charges for each custom graphic or text added to the cap, which costs around $7 – $11. The Design Lab also displays an image representation of your custom design and you will be able to change and personalize the colors. Although the image representation looks fine, it displays only the image and not the image on the cap itself.
Production time for orders 12 or less will take 6 business days. Orders more than 12 and wholesale units can take 10-14 business days or more. They have a flat rate shipping fee of $4.99 but this is free for orders of $50 or more. Returns for refund or exchange will be accepted provided it is within the 30 day period and the product is unused.
Overall, Lids proves to be a great resource shop for sports enthusiasts and hat lovers. They have a nice selection of products, reasonable pricing and great custom hat service. There are some improvements that can be done but the website and the service still deliver greatly.