The classic cap is a simple and often overlooked garment in the cyclist's wardrobe, but whatever the weather it has its uses; and if it has a great cut and fit like this Saikel Chevrons Cap then all the better.
- Pros: Stiff peak, different size options, comfortable
- Cons: Not the most breathable
This cap is part of the Chevrons range which includes men's and women's jerseys and bib shorts, and the option of colour coding it all with navy arm and leg warmers if you want to go for the whole 'outfit' look. Oh, and socks.
Unlike many manufacturers Saikel has created the cap in three sizes: small (-56cm), medium (56-60cm) and large (60+cm) rather than going down the one-size-fits-all route. I found the medium a perfect close fit without being too tight around the rim.
Without having to cover a huge circumference range, the material doesn't need to be that pliable so it hasn't had any elastane added to the cotton. This gives a more relaxed feel to the rest of the cap as it isn't stretched across your head.
It's reasonably breathable as long as the breeze is flowing over your head but the fabric did soak up the sweat quite a bit when winching up steep, hot climbs. It soon dries on the descent though.
Keeping everything in place is a small piece of elastic at the rear centre.
When new, the fabric felt a little starchy but after a few wears and washes it soon softened up and now feels very comfortable indeed.
The peak has remained stiff, something that I like as it doesn't get overwhelmed by sweat or rain, and lets any liquid flow along it before dripping off well in front of your face. It's a decent enough length to keep the sun out of your eyes too, and if you want to fold the peak up it stays put.
There are quite a few ways of cutting the material to create a cap and Saikel has gone for three sections for the main head part, each one running from front to back. It gives a good shape plus there are very few seams to irritate when worn under a helmet. The two main seams are so flat they are barely noticeable anyway.
It's a good cap then, plus it's pretty good value for money too. Saikel is selling directly to the public at the moment and on its website the Chevrons cap costs just £15, which isn't bad.
For the overall quality, fit and performance I'd say the Chevrons cap is well worth the outlay.
A classic cap that is well made with a great fit for a very sensible price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Saikel Chevrons Cap
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Saikel says, "It might be hidden under your helmet while you get down to business on the bike, but when you've reached your destination/coffee stop, you'll be able to chill out in style. Great as a standalone cap or complementary to your segment kit."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Available in 3 sizes for the perfect fit.
Antibacterial tape around the rim to keep you feeling fresh
Manufactured in Italy from the finest fabrics
A choice of sizes makes for a comfortable cap. This medium is my size and fits a treat.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
The label says a 30 degree machine wash but I often just gave it a rinse out by hand to remove the salt lines.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A great-fitting, useful cap whatever the weather.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The cotton can soak up the sweat in really high temperatures.
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
Offering the Chevrons cap in three sizes does make a difference to the overall fit, and when paired with the quality and price it's a decent performing piece of kit.
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.