Technical lightweight cycling cap

letap73
letap73 Posts: 1,608
edited July 2019 in Road buying advice
I have never really wore purely cotton caps - as I have always felt my head get hot and uncomfortable in spring/summer.The Rapha pro team cap for me has been a bit of revelation in that my head has kept cool and it has not been uncomfortable. The pro team cap is fairly expensive so I was wondering if anybody knew of a more cost effective alternative?

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  • Bandanas are cheap and effective.
    Can be picked up for a few pounds on Ebay if you are happy with last year's team colours.
  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,705
    https://www.haloheadbanduk.com/product/ ... cling-cap/

    Might be an option, though still not cheap. I've just ordered one of the headbands to try.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,431
    Why not just keep using the one you have?
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  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    MrB123 wrote:
    https://www.haloheadbanduk.com/product/halo-cycling-cap/

    Might be an option, though still not cheap. I've just ordered one of the headbands to try.
    I have 2 of these now about 5 years old. Not had a drip of sweat on my sunglasses. Before it was ride take glasses off squeeze helmet to get sweat out and repeat every 15 minutes.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    These are nice. £12 and with reflective detailing.

    https://www.evanscycles.com/fwe-fred-un ... -pEALw_wcB
  • I've got several Monton caps https://www.montonsports.co.uk/accessor ... ling-caps/ bought mine from sportpursuit but the prices direct are similar. Very breathable and lightweight and most importantly they stop sweat dripping in my eyes
  • schlepcycling
    schlepcycling Posts: 1,614
    Chapeau do a good selection of lightweight caps https://www.chapeau.cc/mens-clothing/cotton-cycling-caps.html
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  • step83
    step83 Posts: 4,170
    My go to cap is a Stolen goat one its a coolmax fabric cant say I've had any hot head issues with it etc.
  • amrushton
    amrushton Posts: 1,286
    assos do their cap with a cotton centre and wicking sides. Walz were my first choice - made of a wicking lightweight material but they seem hard to get/expensive and the brim is wierdly lightweight so in wind it can be abit 'flyaway'. Giro did a similar one but it may be discontinued. Likewise Rapha did a flyweight cap but v.expensive. castelli do one that is mainly mesh and is excellent unless you get a cold head

    https://www.evanscycles.com/castelli-ac ... p-EV324906

    Someone I knew took an ordinary cycling cap and just cut the top off so he had a headband with brim. My favourite is that Castelli
  • ibr17xvii
    ibr17xvii Posts: 1,065
    amrushton wrote:
    assos do their cap with a cotton centre and wicking sides. Walz were my first choice - made of a wicking lightweight material but they seem hard to get/expensive and the brim is wierdly lightweight so in wind it can be abit 'flyaway'. Giro did a similar one but it may be discontinued. Likewise Rapha did a flyweight cap but v.expensive. castelli do one that is mainly mesh and is excellent unless you get a cold head

    https://www.evanscycles.com/castelli-ac ... p-EV324906

    Someone I knew took an ordinary cycling cap and just cut the top off so he had a headband with brim. My favourite is that Castelli

    Although as per usual with Castelli it's expensive, this is an excellent piece of kit.
  • edward.s
    edward.s Posts: 223
    Stolen Goat do some that are all 'technical' fabric. £15.
  • luv2ride
    luv2ride Posts: 2,367
    Giro Pelton cap, Mavic Roadie cap and one by NRS Racing are the ones I reach for in summer. Have also used Halo headband, and as of a couple of weeks ago, the Halo cycling cap (both with the sweat channel gizmo). All work well as made with breathable,wicking fabrics.

    Also bought a Sportful Giara cap. Great in principal as same breathable wicking material, but the visor is clear with a thin fabric cover meaning you get a "dappled shade" effect when in bright sunlight. Trouble is the visor just will not stay up on mine when worn with a helmet, and the edges of the plastic visor are rough meaning I think it'll soon wear through. Should really have sent it back as the quality isn't really up to normal Sportful standards, but I like the forest green and orange colourway so wore it on a ride and can't return now.

    Also have a summer skullcap by Mavic in similar fabric that also works well. I've been known to wear one and carry a spare in a ziplock bag to swap mid-ride if really hot and sweaty :wink:
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  • molteni_man
    molteni_man Posts: 446
    I never used to wear caps when I cycled for many years. However, over last couple of years I have found myself using them more and more. Just got in from my evening ride having tried out my new lightweight Castelli AC Cycling Cap. Really impressed with how it dealt with sweat on this very warm evening. Good brow which mopped up everything and nice and lightweight on top so not too warm. Purchased from Wiggle for around £18 and came in 2 days. Could become the favourite very quickly! ( I have a standard Rapha cap which I like, 2 x lightweight Rapha + a Castelli sweatband too . All worn pretty well, but think this one might top the lot.
    Key to success for me is not to leave a gap between the eyebrows and the brim of the cap , otherwise sweat can form there and drop onto sunglasses and eyes.
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,742
    Mavic roadie cap and these cycology (NOT the casual ones) ones are even better imho.

    https://www.cycologygear.co.uk/search?type=product&q=Cap
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  • molteni_man
    molteni_man Posts: 446
    Daniel B wrote:
    Mavic roadie cap and these cycology (NOT the casual ones) ones are even better imho.

    https://www.cycologygear.co.uk/search?type=product&q=Cap

    Yes - Look good and nice designs - the navy one looks good and a v g price too, but at this time of year in the hot weather the cotton ones will be too hot imho. This is why I rated the Castelli AC cap. Just rode the Macmillan 100 miler in Dorset today and my Rapha lightweight cap performed well. Not quite as humid as the past few days
    The Mondrian is mesh.
    ( I’m not allowed to buy any more!)
  • neilkav1
    neilkav1 Posts: 91
    MrB123 wrote:
    https://www.haloheadbanduk.com/product/halo-cycling-cap/

    Might be an option, though still not cheap. I've just ordered one of the headbands to try.

    I got one of these to try with the yellow strip sweat deflector, wow works an absolute treat, not a drop of sweat on my glasses for the first time ever, thanks for the recommendation
  • amrushton
    amrushton Posts: 1,286
    Castelli cap on sale today at Merlin Cycles - £15
  • teebs_123
    teebs_123 Posts: 357
    The Castelli cap is really good, long (+2 hours) climb this morning in temps approaching 30c and not a single drop of sweat from my head...
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