Walz Caps are handmade in California and we've got a couple of the Wool ones in for testing. The material and the look mean you can get away with wearing it in any weather, on or off the bike, and it's become my go-to hat for practically every ride.
Regardless of whether I'm wearing a helmet or not I've been a cap convert for the last few years so I've used plenty of good and bad ones. The Walz is definitely in the former camp thanks to a great fit and using 100% wool allowing for breathability or insulation regardless of the conditions.
Commuting first thing in the morning with frost on the ground and the Walz is perfectly warm enough even before you've got the blood pumping. The contrasting ride home in the current mini heat wave has seen temperatures nudging the high teens and while I'd say this is nearing the Walz's comfortable limits any perspiration is easily absorbed by the microfiber sweat band running around the inside. I've yet to have it get overwhelmed and even the wool doesn't seem to hold on to any moisture for long either.
The strip through the middle of the hat is a lighter yarn so this helps a little with breathability.
Fit is taken care of by an elasticated rear section and it holds the cap firm on the head. Even after plenty of washes and wearing it's not showing any bagginess. The wool actually feels a bit scratchy in your hand but once perched atop your head it feels much softer and really comfortable to wear no matter how long you are riding.
The peak is well rounded for side visibility with a length to keep the sun out without restricting what's going on in front of you. It's stiff enough to flip as well if you want that hipster look.
The stitching is all neat and tidy with a really good quality finish. It feels tough as old boots as well. The only thing you need to remember is that it's hand wash only or dry clean. The good thing about wool is that it doesn't stink too quickly so washes are few and far between.
On the whole the Walz is one of the best caps I've worn, staying put at high speeds plus its ability to cope with a range of temperatures and conditions means it's ideal for year round use. The price of £25 is well worth it especially considering the versatility of looking cool with both lycra and civvies you can wear it all of the time.
Traditional looking cap that performs regardless of the conditions; hardwearing too
road.cc test report
Make and model: Walz Caps Wool Cycling Cap
Size tested: Small/Medium , 100% Wool, Grey/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 Walz Wool cap is based on the traditional cycling cap but with a few modern tweaks. Using wool's natural wicking and insulating properties it's a cap for all weathers.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Hand wash or dry clean
Moisture wicking band
Available in two sizes - S/M, L/XL
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's one of the best caps of used for daily cycling
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Pretty much everything.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Remembering not to chuck it in the wash basket.
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 good modern twist on the traditional cycling cap. Worth the money and then some.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
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.