Best Cycling Cap for Hot Weather [Review] in 2020
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This guide has been written by Cycle expert Alex Bristol
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The humble cycling cap is a simple construction, but one which serves multiple purposes and carries a great deal of history within its threads. Cycling caps are lightweight hats that sit underneath the helmet. They’re almost always one size fits all affairs, often with a strip of elastic around the rear which serves to ensure all heads are catered for. If you’ve not got one, you’re missing a trick. Though simple, all cycling caps are not made equal and are designed to serve a practical purpose. For years cycling caps provided a bit of cool in the summer, and a degree of warmth in winter. Their peaks protected a rider’s eyes from the sun and rain, and turned around they protected vulnerable necks against sun-burn.
The practical reasons for wearing a cap are to keep sweat from dripping into the eyes, likewise rain, and the peak is a sun shield in bright conditions. Caps come into their own during spring and autumn – providing a light layer of warmth that protects the head from the effects of venty-helmets, without causing the rider to overheat, as they might in a thermal cap designed for winter. They are also great for stopping your hair going too crazy, with or without the helmet. I like wearing one under my helmet in the city as it stops the ridges in my hair if it is still wet when i leave the house. It also stops the mip’s liner in my helmet from trapping my hair.
You can also wear a cycling cap to mark yourself out as a cyclist when off the bike. This can work if you are a weekend rider and want to show your rapha stripes while commuting, or if you are a diehard fixie rider and want to look particularly hipster.
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The Pick of Cycling Caps for Hot Weather This Summer
Retro Prestige Team Cycling Caps
Top Choice Item
A well rated cycling cap that is known for their eccentric, bright designs. If you’re up for a full on jazzy outfit, then a cap is the perfect way to tip your head in the direction of outspoken graphics. There’s a wide range of design options, each featuring double plaited knit fabric, that’s designed to dry quickly. The foam peak is ‘crushable’ – so you can sit on it and it expect it to stay peaked, and there’s an integrated sweat band. Retro prestige cap feels comfortable on, is easy to wash and does not make you too hot.
Made in italy
One size fits most
Funky logo placement
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Mysenlan Men's Outdoors Sports Cycling Cap
Best Value Item
The mysenlan men’s cap has a one size fits all adjustability. It incorporates a flat brim for easy embedding inside bike helmets. The cap provides sun protection without hindering visibility when riding hard on the tracks. The cycling cap is made out of high quality polyester mesh fabric, durable, breathable and anti-sweat. For those who sweat, seek sun protection and aren’t afraid to battle the summer gusts, this mesh cycling cap is your secret weapon.
Fits for cycling and other sports
Stitching is frail
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Cycle Torch Men's Cycling Cap
Prime Picked Item
The cycle torch offers clean essential styling that will compliment almost any outfit. A multi-panel construction and lightweight materials allow the cap to breathe in mild temperatures but will keep the chill off your head should the weather take a turn. It is super breathable and soft polyester mesh fabric to keep your head cool and your hair right. It comes with a one size fits all sizing technology-cycling cap with adjustable elastic band for a snug fit. Cycle torch also offers a flip-able visor that offers a great protection against sun for a better visibility and glare free ride. Constructed from quick drying polyester, it’s quick drying and has a wide peak for plentiful eye protection.
One size fits all
Great quality fabric
Easy to clean
Not available in other colors
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CATEYE Cycling Cap Black
If you’re going for a more stealth look than the cateye cycling cap in black could be right up your street. It can be paired with any kit choice and a tubular construction helps with fit and temperature regulation. As well as protecting you from those harmful summer uv rays, it’s made from lightweight and breathable materials to prevent sweat from building up on those (hopefully) hot days, and wicking it away effectively when it does. It’s also discrete and snug enough to fit under your helmet, making it perfect for the road or the trail.
Lightweight and soft
Cycling specific bill provides sun protection
Reflective logo for low light visibility
Tends to get dirty
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CATEYE Men's Cycling Cap Breathable
The material, look and number of pleased customers make this cap simply a no brainier winner. Made with cateye’s special knit fabric, this is one of the most comfortable cycle caps in the business. Not only will you look good, but the sweatband will help keep sweat out of your eyes and off of your face making it a more suitable cap for longer sweaty rides. If you are looking for function and fashion this is your cap. Perfect alone or under a helmet with a feature of reflective strip on bill for additional safety at night.
Keeps bugs out of hair
Works great with helmet
Not available in other colors
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Is wearing a cycle cap for summer a good choice?
When the sun’s beating down, protect yourself from damaging rays and heat stroke with a neck protector, (usually a tube of material) and consider a small-peaked summer cap made from lightweight moisture-wicking material. A cycling cap can be worn under a helmet, or alone – depending upon your helmet persuasion. Regardless of helmet addition, or lack of – a cycling cap can be worn peak up – or peak down. However, if you are wearing it under a helmet, sometimes they can be hard to flip up.
Cycling caps have become more specialized. Practical reasons for wearing a cap include keeping sweat off your brow, preventing rain from dripping down onto your face (thanks to the cotton liner), shielding your face from the sun (in the case that the sun is perfectly poised above you at high noon and the short brim can actually be of service), and to keep your head just a touch warmer during the spring and autumn seasons, when a light layer can protect you from the chill.
Different types of cycle caps
Cycling caps come in thermal, moisture-wicking, and old-fashioned, non-technical cotton varieties. Each material has its own strengths for specific types of riding. Wool is ideal for cold-weather cycling caps, keeping you warm after it gets wet. Some fabrics, combine merino wool with synthetic fibers like polyester to form a lightweight and durable blend.
What are the benefits of wearing a cycle cap?
The many benefits of wearing a cycling cap, in terms of function, makes it an essential piece of kit. Cycling caps keep the sweat and rain out of your eyes. They also shield you from the low sun conditions of spring and autumn not to mention the sunrises and sunsets. Cycling caps both keep your head warm in cool weather by retaining warmth and cool in warm weather via moisture wicking and breathability. These functions help to make cycling more comfortable and enjoyable and the cyclist more competitive.
The final verdict
Aside from performance benefits, cycling caps offer a few other benefits worthy of mention. Cycling caps do a pretty good job of keeping insects and bugs out of your hair. They also keep your head clean and help to keep the inside of your helmet clean and oil and sweat free extending the life of the inside parts of your helmet. Cycling caps provide the added benefit of hair management. While riding, cycling caps can keep your hair from getting entangled with the multi-directional impact protection system (mips) liner. And after your ride when you take your helmet off and sit down with your friends, your cycling cap can keep your hair in place.
Alex Bristol - Cycle sport content expert
Alex is London Cycle Sports Head of Content and specialises in road bike accessories and general cycling. Alex scours the internet finding the latest product that matches the needs of cyclists across the world. Alex looks at the best bike set ups and sources the newest tech in the cycle industry. Whether its a buyer guide, product review or a general post about bikes, Alex is a trusted source for everything cycle sport.
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