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Re: Hat

Postby Tangled Metal » 15 Jul 2019, 4:54pm

If touring I want something that doesn't look too cycling off the bike. That's why I've never bought a cycling cap. Perhaps I should get one to try it out.

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Re: Hat

Postby Tangled Metal » 15 Jul 2019, 4:58pm

freiston wrote:
simonhill wrote:Can't understand why people cover themselves in sunscreen slime instead of using a natural barrier like clothing. Especially as some of you wild camp - uuugh!

From experience, I know that clothing and a hat that are not unsuitable for hot weather or cycling are not enough to stop me from burning, especially on the face. Friends have joked that I would get burnt under a full moon.

I have met a few people like that. One had to use the highest factor version of Reiter P20 sunscreen. It lasts 8 hours. She put it on an hour before going out to let it start working, then she put an SPF 50 sunscreen on from another make over the top and waited the required period of time before going out. This one she replaced every hour or two throughout the day. Without tat regime she burnt badly.

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Re: Hat

Postby mjr » 15 Jul 2019, 5:00pm

whoof wrote:WRT hats along with some others on here I wear a cycling cap. Currently a blue Campag one or if touring a rather tattered TVM one. Don't have a probelm with the back of my neck and don't have a mullet/pony-tail like Gert either.

I used to wear a cycling cap, but after retrieving two from the middle of the A10 where they'd blown to, I switched to hats with chinstraps. I guess my hair thinned too much...
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Re: Hat

Postby freiston » 15 Jul 2019, 5:46pm

Tangled Metal wrote:If touring I want something that doesn't look too cycling off the bike. That's why I've never bought a cycling cap. Perhaps I should get one to try it out.

There's a limited selection of caps without obvious cycling branding/theming. I have an Altura black "podium" cap with venting that doesn't get me too hot (now discontinued) but I quite like the look of this cotton one for a fiver:

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLCARAPIS ... de-by-apis

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Re: Hat

Postby dim » 15 Jul 2019, 5:52pm

Cycling Classic Helmet Visor (clips onto your helmet)

http://www.dabrim.com/html/products/cycling/classic.htm

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Re: Hat

Postby Bonefishblues » 15 Jul 2019, 6:18pm

Puts the ni in niche...

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Re: Hat

Postby Cunobelin » 15 Jul 2019, 7:15pm

KFT wrote:I used a Tilley hat for the Wimps Lejog last year as I wanted a wide brimmed hat to provide additional sun protection. It had the added advantage of being able to soak it in cold water which helped with the weather we had.



Tilleys are the world's finest hats... and (anecdotally) save your life as well!

From the owners manual...

One reason your Hat floats is because of the air trapped inside the water-repellent fibres. The main reason, however, is the layer of closed-cell polyethylene foam in the crown of the Hat that also protects your noggin from blunt objects. (People have told us this feature has actually saved their lives!)

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Re: Hat

Postby skelo » 15 Jul 2019, 10:23pm

Ok so I know this is boring, but as a brain injury survivor I absolutely recommend a helmet. What's a sweaty head or a bit of sunburn every now and then compared to a life changing injury or at worst death? If you are going to wear something on your head make it a helmet!

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Re: Hat

Postby mjr » 15 Jul 2019, 10:27pm

skelo wrote:Ok so I know this is boring, but as a brain injury survivor I absolutely recommend a helmet. What's a sweaty head or a bit of sunburn every now and then compared to a life changing injury or at worst death? If you are going to wear something on your head make it a helmet!

And yet, the evidence suggests that a helmet makes no significant difference to the injury risk. So please, keep the irrational helmet zealotry out of this useful topic.
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Re: Hat

Postby Tangled Metal » 15 Jul 2019, 10:31pm

Too many holes in a helmet to provide protection from sun. Unless you have a helmet cover that is. A helmet is simply a poor hat for cycling in sent 8 conditions. If you've got to wear something underneath just wear the something underneath instead.

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Re: Hat

Postby Tangled Metal » 15 Jul 2019, 10:39pm

freiston wrote:
Tangled Metal wrote:If touring I want something that doesn't look too cycling off the bike. That's why I've never bought a cycling cap. Perhaps I should get one to try it out.

There's a limited selection of caps without obvious cycling branding/theming. I have an Altura black "podium" cap with venting that doesn't get me too hot (now discontinued) but I quite like the look of this cotton one for a fiver:

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLCARAPIS ... de-by-apis

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It's a cycling cap. Doesn't look good when you're touring in civvies without the cycling lycra look. Tilley the best hat? BS! IMHO they're rubbish. Mine shrank in the first wash (a cold wash too) and couldn't be stretched back to fit. I now have an expensive hat that's 2 sizes too small. Better get a similar shaped hat from another company and save half the price of a Tilley hat.

My partner now occasionally wears it and she can also wear or 6 year old son's caps but it's supposed to be 7 5/8 originally.

There's some good, wide brimmed hats in the Tilley style but have a gel in the band that you wet and it cools you down as it dries. Apparently it works very well at chilling you down on very hot days. IMHO they're better.

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Re: Hat

Postby Herts Audax » 16 Jul 2019, 12:02am

Cycling caps and a buff to cover the neck. Soak in water if feeling hot. The buff you can add ice from a bar and fold over to prevent it escaping.

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Re: Hat

Postby Oldjohnw » 16 Jul 2019, 9:11am

Tangled Metal wrote:
freiston wrote:
Tangled Metal wrote:If touring I want something that doesn't look too cycling off the bike. That's why I've never bought a cycling cap. Perhaps I should get one to try it out.

There's a limited selection of caps without obvious cycling branding/theming. I have an Altura black "podium" cap with venting that doesn't get me too hot (now discontinued) but I quite like the look of this cotton one for a fiver:

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLCARAPIS ... de-by-apis

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It's a cycling cap. Doesn't look good when you're touring in civvies without the cycling lycra look. Tilley the best hat? BS! IMHO they're rubbish. Mine shrank in the first wash (a cold wash too) and couldn't be stretched back to fit. I now have an expensive hat that's 2 sizes too small. Better get a similar shaped hat from another company and save half the price of a Tilley hat.

My partner now occasionally wears it and she can also wear or 6 year old son's caps but it's supposed to be 7 5/8 originally.

There's some good, wide brimmed hats in the Tilley style but have a gel in the band that you wet and it cools you down as it dries. Apparently it works very well at chilling you down on very hot days. IMHO they're better.


Which begs the question, why didn't you return the Tilley?
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Re: Hat

Postby Tangled Metal » 16 Jul 2019, 10:23am

It sat in my cupboard for a couple of years as I forgot about it. Lasted one season or less though. I'm pretty bad at keeping receipts so not sure I could return it now.

Treating it as lesson learnt. Don't believe the hype. If an elephant wants to eat it I'll let it but don't give it me back! :D

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Re: Hat

Postby whoof » 16 Jul 2019, 11:18am

Herts Audax wrote:Cycling caps and a buff to cover the neck. Soak in water if feeling hot. The buff you can add ice from a bar and fold over to prevent it escaping.


In Treviso a couple of years ago when it was touching 38 degrees Mrs Whoof rode with a bag of frozen peas, wrapped in a t-shirt on the back of her neck. This was of course mainly for cooling rather than a form of sunblock.