The Equipe cap from Gore Bike Wear is made from the same excellent Gore-Tex Active material used in their jackets and, in this cap, provides a completely waterproof and windproof shelter for your head. For anyone intent in not letting the rain stop play, this is a very good investment.
The cap fits very nicely and because the fabric is very thin it goes under a helmet easily. It's elasticated around the back to ensure the one size fits all can cater for a variety of head sizes. It's a much better fit than the similar Showers Pass waterproof cap with no bagginess.
It looks much like a normal cycling cap really, and ticks the style box if you ride without a helmet. It doesn't even look out of place in the mid-ride cafe stop either. The front logo is reflective providing a boost of front visibility when riding at night.
The main appeal of this cycling cap is the waterproof factor of course. And quite simply, it's brilliant in the rain. Even during the heaviest downpours, the Gore-Tex Active material refused to let the water dampen my hair. The peak provides the same useful protection that a normal cotton cycling cap does but performs better for longer in prolonged showers. A cotton cycling cap becomes saturated very quickly, the difference wearing this Gore-Tex cap was quite staggering.
It's impressively breathable too, but it's definitely toastier the higher up the mercury is, compared to a traditional cotton cap. Though it did occasionally feel warmer, it never bordered on overheating, and on colder rides in the rain the fact it retains heat well was very welcome. For daily commuting the cap is just wonderful and infinitely useful.
I recently tested the Showers Pass eVent cap, which uses a three-layer eVent fabric. It's a fiver cheaper but the fit isn't anything like as good as the Gore Bike Wear Equipe cap, and in terms of waterproofness and breathability, there really is very little in it. The better fit and comfort of the Gore cap would persuade me to part with the extra five pounds. But really they're both very good caps, and way better than wearing a cotton cycling cap, or nothing at all, in the rain.
Fully waterproof cap with excellent fit and decent breathability
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Make and model: Gore Bike Wear EQUIPE GORE-TEX® CAP
Size tested: one size fits all, black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Gore Bike Wear Equipe Gore-Tex® Cap can be worn under a helmet and provides perfect protection from the rain with a front peak that can be flipped up or down to suit.
A one size fits all cap, with an elasticated rear that allows individual fitting for optimum comfort. This cap can be worn just as easily off the bike as on.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Front peak with with reflective logo
Elastic back for maximum comfort
One size fits all
It's £5 more than the similar Showers Pass but the Gore cap is just slightly better, but really both are very good. The fit and look of the Gore swings it for me.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Totally waterproof and windproof and very breathable so you can get a lot of use out of it, and not just confine it to wet rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Great fit and waterproof and windproof fabric, so much better than a traditional cotton cycling cap.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It's a bit pricey.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A really well designed waterproof and windproof cycling cap that works nicely in a wide range of conditions.
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: 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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.