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Stormy Kromer Caps
Ironwood, Michigan

Retired semi-pro baseball player, railroad engineer and general tough character Stormy lost a few too many hats to the icy wind whipping through his locomotive.

On a cold morning in 1903, Stormy asked his beloved wife, Ida, to help him modify one of his many hats from his baseball days by sewing earflaps on the thing. The newly revised cap also featured a soft flexible visor. It was a great departure from the traditional engineer hats of the era. But to Stormy, the best part of his modified cap was that it managed to stay right where it belonged, on his head and in high winds.

And that’s it. That's where it all began.

It was just a matter of time before the Stormy Kromer cap became so popular. First among other locomotive engineers and then among all the hard-working folks in the upper Midwest. Then in 1919 Stormy created the Kromer Cap Company, moving with his wife and employees to a large manufacturing factory in Milwaukee.

From that point on he spent the rest of his days as a hat maker. Anyone who’s ever owned a genuine Stormy Kromer has undoubtedly said several words of thanks for the man’s diversity.

Today, the Stormy Kromer cap is made in Ironwood, Michigan. Still made true to its original design, continuing to protect all those who wear one throughout the North.


Six panels of pre-shrunk, recycled wool for exceptional comfort, combined with a patented ear band system and tough-as-nails brim that can take whatever Mother Nature and Old Man Winter dish out.


There’s cold, then there’s cold and windy. Ranchers in Montana have all three. For them we’ve built these frighteningly heavy-duty Kromer caps.

Stormy Kromer Fitting Instructions

If you don't already know your cap size, take a tape measure and wrap it around the widest part of your head, just above the eyebrows and ears, measuring to the nearest 1/8 of an inch. Use the above chart to get you cap size.

A proper fit, with the back of the cap below the base of the skull, the front of the cap above the eyebrows.

Step One: Place your thumb on the inside of the cap just under the center of the brim. Use the thumb and forefinger of your other hand to grip the back of the cap.

Step Two: With the brim facing forward, lift the cap up over the top of your head, and lower it onto your head.

Step Three: Pull the rear of the cap down just below the base of the skull, keeping the front of the cap about an inch above your eyebrows. Feel the bite?

To Use the Ear Band: With each hand, grip the ear band on either side of the cap, just behind the ear. Pull the band down until it covers the tops of your ears. NOTE: DO NOT untie the string at the front of the cap to position the ear band.

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