Author Topic: Winter cycling cap  (Read 1574 times)

Phil W

Winter cycling cap
« on: December 14, 2019, 07:07:52 pm »
I'm after a winter cycling cap that is as snug on the head as an elasticated cotton cap. I have a merino winter cap but it flaps around in the wind like nothing else.  Any ideas?

bludger

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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2019, 07:10:41 pm »
My dad and I both use these https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLPXUHC/planet-x-under-helmet-cap They're really good and snug. I wear a cotton cap on top of it. Toasty warm but still breathable. You have to let your magic hat strap out a bit if you wear one but it's no great drama.
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Kim

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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2019, 07:52:34 pm »
I have a Walz wool with ear flaps.  Works pretty well, if you don't leave it in your jersey pocket to go through the washing machine and have to find a child to inherit it.  (DAHIKT)

Walz's smaller size actually fits my head well enough to stay attached even when going downhill on a recumbent, unlike the ubiquitous one-size-fits-none cotton caps.
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LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2019, 08:05:36 pm »
The peak of Walz caps sit too low over my eyes to be useful. I find a normal winter cycling cap to work well keeping rain off my glasses.
https://www.prendas.co.uk/products/prendas-ciclismo-belgian-style-winter-hat
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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2019, 08:11:28 pm »
The traditional winter cap, with a peak and knitted elasticated material which you can fold up or pull down to cover the ears, is supposed to be tight/close fitting, it certainly does not flap around.

A cotton cap is supposed to be fairly loose fitting, it's the elastic which keeps it on.

Both do not come off however windy it is.

Well, on a recumbent I suppose because you are looking up, the peak will catch on any wind if the cap is not tight.


Phil W

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2019, 08:13:34 pm »
The peak of Walz caps sit too low over my eyes to be useful. I find a normal winter cycling cap to work well keeping rain off my glasses.
https://www.prendas.co.uk/products/prendas-ciclismo-belgian-style-winter-hat

Not clear from the link, is it a stretch material, so it sits nice and snug on the head?

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2019, 08:53:30 pm »

I sometimes use the Paramo Beanie, or just a buff. Depending on what I want it to interact with.

I also have the winter cycling cap from No Gods No Masters, which is nice, but may be too snug for what you want.

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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2019, 08:57:10 pm »
I have an Endura Baa Baa cap, which is good but baggy, though wouldn't be if I'd got the small size. Gets soggy in rain though and the peak isn't quite long enough in low sun.

And a Castelli cap made of some waterproof material, also fleecy lining, which is really too warm most of the time.

And a Walz wool cap which is just right.

The level of ear protection varies although all have ear flaps. The Baa Baa and Walz are good, the Castelli less so.
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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2019, 09:53:48 pm »
I use either an un-shrunk Walz ear flap cap (ordinary wool), or a mountain cap similar to this
https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/montane-mens-mountain-squall-cap-A3215722.html

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2019, 10:27:16 pm »
All of my various winter cycling caps are snug fits and don’t flap on my head but YMMV.
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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2019, 11:01:23 pm »
I have a Walz wool with ear flaps.  Works pretty well, if you don't leave it in your jersey pocket to go through the washing machine and have to find a child to inherit it.  (DAHIKT)

Walz's smaller size actually fits my head well enough to stay attached even when going downhill on a recumbent, unlike the ubiquitous one-size-fits-none cotton caps.

I bought Pingu a Walz cap. It shrunk in the first wash.
If people won't make clothes that will survive a low temp wash they can get in the sea.

I think I ended up buying a Rapha one with flaps in the end to replace it.
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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2019, 12:12:48 am »
My problem is finding a winter cycling cap that will even fit on my head...

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2019, 07:35:11 am »
Decathlon do, or at any rate did, a good cap in a goretexy like fabric and with extended rear bits to go over the tops of ears.
Otherwise, I think Sealskin do something very similar,

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2019, 01:57:22 pm »
My problem is finding a winter cycling cap that will even fit on my head...
I'm a 62cm and have found that the large Berghaus Windstopper to be a great winter hat, waterproof, breathable and warm. Berghaus Mens Windstopper... https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004BX8PTA?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2019, 05:38:04 pm »
I use two methods, depends on which I can lay my hands on first at 7 a.m.

Prendas Belgian-style winter cap
Skull cap with regular cycling cap over the top

I marginally prefer the second option at the moment, partly because I've broken the peak of the Prendas cap but also because the skull cap tends to stay over the tips of my ears more reliably.

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2019, 06:32:13 pm »
My problem is finding a winter cycling cap that will even fit on my head...
I'm a 62cm and have found that the large Berghaus Windstopper to be a great winter hat, waterproof, breathable and warm. Berghaus Mens Windstopper... https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004BX8PTA?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Thanks. I'm 66cm. Do you think it would stretch?

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2019, 07:38:57 pm »
Thanks. I'm 66cm. Do you think it would stretch?

I've just put it on and gave it a stretch and there is a fair amount of give :o  It might be worth a go if you can find a supplier with a good returns policy.
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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2019, 08:43:51 pm »
I have one from GripGrab (https://www.gripgrab.com/collections/caps/products/winter-cycling-cap) and it's the best thing that I've bought for years.

Phil W

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2019, 08:46:48 pm »
Skull cap with regular cycling cap over the top

Thanks for that, reminds me I have a skull cap from the period I used to wear a helmet.  Will see if I can dig it out and try the combination.

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2019, 10:10:08 am »
I had the Castelli one but it didn't work for me.  I think it kept slipping upwards. 
Nowadays what I use is a combination of a normal cap with a headband.  It looks a bit weird but it does work well, and it is adjustable in that when I have warmed up I can usually take the headband off. 

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2019, 10:20:41 am »
I have a Walz wool with ear flaps.  Works pretty well, if you don't leave it in your jersey pocket to go through the washing machine and have to find a child to inherit it.  (DAHIKT)

Walz's smaller size actually fits my head well enough to stay attached even when going downhill on a recumbent, unlike the ubiquitous one-size-fits-none cotton caps.

I bought Pingu a Walz cap. It shrunk in the first wash.
If people won't make clothes that will survive a low temp wash they can get in the sea.

I think I ended up buying a Rapha one with flaps in the end to replace it.

I have the Rapha one with flaps - the flaps of which do little in the world of wind-proofing.
So much so, that I took a pair of de-commissioned Assos 851 gloves, cut them up and sewed them onto the inside of the flaps.
Now they are not only wind-proof, but also reduce sound levels.

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2019, 08:24:54 pm »
The peak of Walz caps sit too low over my eyes to be useful. I find a normal winter cycling cap to work well keeping rain off my glasses.
https://www.prendas.co.uk/products/prendas-ciclismo-belgian-style-winter-hat

Not clear from the link, is it a stretch material, so it sits nice and snug on the head?

It's pretty snug, yes. On my head anyhow, which is an average sort of head.

Arno

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Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2019, 12:52:04 pm »
200gm merino cap from (now closed down) embers with a simple round shape, keeps me warm even in the rain (combines with a Merino Buff). If I had to replace it would probably try the Wiggle one https://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-merino-hat-m-200-1/

Phil W

Re: Winter cycling cap
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2019, 02:47:38 pm »
Have tried skull cap under cotton cap but skull cap too thick and not comfortable under cotton cap.  Just tried standard buff under cotton cap, and buff over merino cap combinations which work well comfort wise and the stretch buff stops the merino cap flapping about. So will take a cotton cap, my merino cap, plus a buff for tomorrow's 200.