Every cyclist needs a decent cap in their wardrobe as they definitely have their uses whatever the weather. This ZigZag model from Lusso is one of the more basic hats you'll find in the marketplace, but it is very sensibly priced and provides plenty of protection from the sun and rain.
Lusso has created the main part of the hat with eight segments of fabric, which gives a very rounded head piece. It sits a little higher above the top of the scalp than, say, Primal's Neon Crush, which uses three panels for a much snugger fit.
Using more segments also means more seams and they all meet in the centre to create quite a hard piece of fabric right on top of the head. It wasn't noticeable when wearing the cap on its own, but put a helmet over the top and if part of its internal structure happens to be sat there too, you will notice the pressure point.
The cap is 100% polyester in its construction and seems pretty breathable considering the amount of heat to leave your head, but it does get a bit overwhelmed if things are really hot, with the small sweatband running around the outside unable to keep all perspiration out of your eyes.
The material feels a bit harsh and scratchy, too, compared with a lot of other caps I wear.
On the plus side, the peak is a good size, giving plenty of shelter for your eyes from rain and low sun, and it is sturdy enough that even when it is completely saturated it doesn't sag in front of your eyes.
Aside from the few quibbles it is a decent price at £10.99, cheaper than the Primal at £15 and the recently tested Chapeau! Cotton cap, so with that in mind if you just fancy a basic head cover in a funky design the Lusso is pretty good value for money.
A simple cap that'll take on the elements, but it's not as comfortable as some
road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso ZigZag Cap
Size tested: One size
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?
Part of Lusso's ZigZag pattern range, the cap is a lightweight option with a stiff peak to withstand the weight of rainwater or sweat.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Lusso lists these features:
* One size fits all
* Can be used under a helmet or on its own
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Lusso recommends hand wash only but I bunged it in the machine on a 30 degree wash with the rest of my kit and it was fine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The peak is just the right size and firm enough to keep its shape too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The pattern is pretty cool.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The material isn't the nicest feeling.
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 score
Overall the ZigZag cap is a decent performer at a good price. It does the job and looks pretty fetching, but I'd rather pay a bit more for a nicer material.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Kinesis Aithein
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.