Protective hat recommendations, please

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Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby Abradable Chin » 4 Jun 2017, 9:46am

I would like a low-key hat to protect my eyes from the sun, and to keep my head cooler when cycling. Which ones don't blow off when going fast? I have a winter peaked cap and I find it requires the chin strap to be tight, else it inflates and lifts off.

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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby WorldWideWilby » 4 Jun 2017, 9:52am

A mtn bike helmet usually has a peak from the Sun. They are all vented to keep cool.

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Postby millimole » 4 Jun 2017, 9:54am

If you mean 'not a helmet' then I recommend a Visor Buff - like a Buff, but with a neoprene visor.

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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby Bonefishblues » 4 Jun 2017, 9:57am

Ha! I didn't know that was a thing :D

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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby tatanab » 4 Jun 2017, 10:04am

Walz caps come in cotton, wool or moisture wicking. I use the moisture wicking ones during the summer to protect my eyes from the sun and from sweat. US brand but available from several UK shops.

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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby deliquium » 4 Jun 2017, 10:13am

"Traditional' cotton cycling caps do it for me. Tight enough not to blow off but not constrictive - my head is possibly larger than average though? In the winter I have a waxed cotton 'Rapha' cap (with the branding removed :wink: ) and a WALZ wool cap - neither of which have caused any problems at speed or in Welsh gales
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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby Mick F » 4 Jun 2017, 10:25am

Yep.
Cotton peaked cap for me.
Doesn't blow off even coming down Gunnislake Hill at 45mph. :D

This is the one I'm using.
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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby reohn2 » 4 Jun 2017, 10:52am

I find cotton cycling caps become saturated when climbing and cold on descents,I use a synthetic North Face cap for cycling but care is needed on descents or in high winds.
The peaked Buff looks a good option
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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby Bonefishblues » 4 Jun 2017, 10:54am

My plastic hat has a visor :P

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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby SimonCelsa » 6 Jun 2017, 12:19pm

I'm not sure what you mean by 'low key' but the Tilley hat gets pretty good reviews.

Bit of a cowboy style hat but keeps the sun off the eyes/nose & avoids the burnt turtle neck look of many elderly people.

I've had one for a few years and it's pretty bike friendly. It has a shoelace chinstrap which is good for 30mph when cranked up tight, pretty hard to breathe mind you but that's a minor failing. Comes with a lifetime guarantee reputedly and retains its shape even after prolonged scrunched up storage in the pannier. Quite expensive and you're paying for the name but I've found it pretty decent quality and worth a punt.

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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby rmurphy195 » 6 Jun 2017, 12:27pm

I have a folding baseball cap from Mountain Warehouse which works well, and folds up into a pocket when not in use. Very thin material so goes under my helmat OK with little need for strap adjustment.

As with any peaked cap a bit of a headwind can get under the peak and lift it off of course.

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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby [XAP]Bob » 6 Jun 2017, 1:38pm

I use a baseball cap - although I use it more for rain protection than sun...
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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby Ruadh495 » 6 Jun 2017, 2:20pm

Traditional flat cap for me. No chin strap and it stays on at 30+mph.

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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby tatanab » 6 Jun 2017, 2:24pm

rmurphy195 wrote:As with any peaked cap a bit of a headwind can get under the peak and lift it off of course.
Might be less of an issue with the Walz caps because they do not have a stiff peak (usually stiffened with a plastic insert) but have a soft fibrous insert which is more flexible. Not that I've had a cap of any sort fly off due to wind, and I've been using "flat" caps in winter months for almost 40 years.

Baseball caps - I find the peaks are too big, although they may be fine if you are a very upright rider.

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Re: Protective hat recommendations, please

Postby mjr » 7 Jun 2017, 2:53am

I use a legionnaire's hat from Mountain Warehouse, with the sun flap tucked into the hat when not needed. It has a shoelace chin strap to avoid being blown off by passing traffic.

I read somewhere that railway engineers hats are better, but I've never seen one in a shop.
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