Craft's Monument Bike Cap Giro Di Lombardia is a simplistic piece of kit that works wonders at keeping the elements off your face and out of your eyes. It's very well made too and comfortable, but then again it needs to be as it's at the upper end of the price bracket.
- Pros: Excellent fit, firm peak
- Cons: Priced at the top end of what I'd pay for a cap
The Monument range is Craft's way of celebrating the various classic races of the professional calendar, the likes of Milan-San Remo, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Giro Di Lombardia that we have here, amongst others. (I tested the matching jersey, too.)
Simple as a road cap is, it can be easy to get it wrong but the Craft scores well right across the board. Its 100% polyester construction is soft to wear and is relatively breathable until the effort and temperature really ramp up.
When that happens, usually while ascending a long steep climb in the mid-20s, any excess sweat from your brow is transferred to the peak to drip off rather than run down into your eyes.
It's the same with the rain. And when everything calms down, it doesn't take long to dry.
The peak is a firm one with a classic round shape which doesn't restrict your vision anywhere, and if you want to you can flip it up to expose the GDL (Giro Di Lombardia) logo on the bottom.
The fit is really good for a one-size-only garment. The polyester itself doesn't have much in the way of flex but at the rear is an elasticated section around the base. It's taut enough to hold the cap in place at speed without ever feeling too tight.
The seams are quite pronounced inside but are quite soft so aren't noticeable when you are wearing the cap. And where they all meet in the centre doesn't leave a hard lump that can be irritating when you've got a helmet pressing down on it.
Colour-wise it's pretty discreet in a dark burgundy to match the other pieces of apparel in the range. The orange base of the peak and the panel on the front lifts it a little. Foglie morte, in case you didn't know, is the nickname of the GDL – Classica delle foglie morte, or the Classic of the falling leaves.
Price-wise, like I mentioned, at £20 it's at the upper end of what I'd be prepared to pay for a cap when you can already by some good 'uns for a lot less.
Others, like the Café du Cycliste Cap Sardine at £25, are pricier, though, so the Craft isn't over the top.
A simple design with all the attributes to make for a top performing cap
road.cc test report
Make and model: Craft Monument Bike Cap
Size tested: One Size
Tell us what the product is for
Craft says, "Classic bike cap that celebrates the Spring Classics."
(And the autumn ones...)
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy, just bung it in the machine on a 40 degree wash and it comes out clean every time.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Great at keeping the elements off.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The firm peak.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
You can buy cheaper that'll do the same job.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A good quality build and performance from the Craft warrants a decent score, even if it is up against some cheaper competition.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.