Finding the perfect cycling cap
A cycling cap is something you wear underneath your bike helmet to protect you against cold, humidity, UV radiation, and the sun.
Since there are many different types of beanies, caps, and hoods on the market, the following sections will provide information to help you choose a model that best suits your needs.
Features of cycling caps
In general, cycling caps should have a breathable fabric that absorbs sweat and quickly releases it into the environment. The extra weight is worth it both in summer and winter to prevent your head from cooling down or heat from accumulating.
At cold temperatures and in winter, a model with a windstopper is recommended. These usually feature a windproof membrane or are made of windproof, close-meshed fabrics to protect your head against cold airstreams flowing through your helmet's ventilation openings.
An additional advantage of membraned caps is the enhanced weather protection it offers. If the membrane is both windproof and waterproof, the cap will act as a weatherproof hood underneath your helmet, which is particularly useful for cycling in changing weather conditions.
The vast majority of cycling caps have an ergonomic and tight-fitting design with flat seams to ensure they are comfortable to wear underneath a helmet. Some models come with a practical brim that looks great and protects you against the blinding sunlight.
Headbands are another viable option. They'll protect your eyes against dripping sweat and, just like all other bike caps, provide additional padding to make sure your helmet is more comfortable to wear. This model is particularly useful in warm temperatures, but can also be used to protect your ears in the colder seasons.
Moreover, there are some models that look like a hood, which can be attached to compatible jackets and pulled over your helmet. Both their adjustable design and reinforced brim provide better weather protection than regular waterproof caps.
In our online shop, you’ll find great cycling caps from POC, Pearl Izumi, Maloja, Vaude, and X-Bionic, so go check them out.