If you're in the market for a cycling-specific headband, the Assos TiburuHeadband_evo8 is an effective, some would say 'reassuringly expensive', option to keep your ears warm and your face sweat-free during cooler months.
The Tiburu headband comes in three sizes – at odds with other cycling manufacturers who punt for one-size-fits-all in this sort of accessory. Assos' legendary attention to detail dictated that, naturally, you need something tailor-made for your head, and any effort to simplify stock management would be a compromise too far.
Being one of the most expensive cycling-specific headbands money can buy, the Tiburu is packed with technical features. The mixture of Polypropylene and Polyamide fibres help wick sweat away from your brow before it can mar your vision, and the 7% Elastane (Spandex to you Freddy Mercury fans) keeps the Tiburu snug to your skull under your helmet, negating the chance of bunching up.
The three different sizings mean you can fine-tune the compression fit, ensuring that the tension of the fabric over your ears is optimised for glasses retention and airflow management. With the 2.5cm increase in width over previous models, I found I was able to adjust the dip of fabric between the temple and jaw to keep my earlobes out of the wind while not reducing safety by impacting the audibility of motorised traffic or other road hazards.
Those fibres in the size tested weigh in at 22g – weight savings using hollow construction technology also lending to improved wicking of moisture. Of course, cyclist thermo-regulation is an intimately personal affair, any given peloton displaying a mixture of varying glove thickness, short length, layer assembly or indeed headgear choice for any given season, duration or exertion level of ride. So while being aimed at 'spring-autumn', depending on your particular body morphology or temperature profile the Tiburu might be a year-round accessory or one strictly for icy weather.
I found I was able to marry the Tiburu with a traditional cotton casquette, for rides where rain protection over glasses was essential but temperatures dictated that a full winter hat with ear covers would have been thermo-overkill. The 'Ultrathin, low volume...one-piece, ultraflat seamless construction' meant that a larger-sized helmet was not required, and the ensemble stayed at the optimal angle of attack to the prevailing airflow.
Overall, I couldn't fault the Assos TiburuHeadband_evo8. For cyclists who demand the best thermo-regulation and perspiration management from their headgear for any given ride profile and temperature condition, and are willing to pay handsomely for the privilege, the Tiburu is one to consider.
A highly-technical solution to the age-old problem of keeping ears warm and sweat at bay
road.cc test report
Make and model: Assos TiburuHeadband_evo8
Size tested: 0
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?
It's for people of all sizes who want to optimise their temperature regulation while ensuring maximal on-road comfort and safety.
When it is too hot for a full winter hat but too cool to expose your ears, reach for the tiburu-Headband_evo8. Based on the intermediate headband, we have increased the width by 2.5cm to guarantee a touch more protection and warmth during those cooler rides.
Ultrathin, low volume headband for the first cooler days of the year. It works as a thermo-insulator and sweatband, and is ideal for the spring/fall climaRange.
One-piece, ultraflat seamless construction for maximum comfort under the helmet.
The ultralight fibers are made of featherweight polypropylene and elastane, and feature a hollow construction to ensure speedy, effective wicking properties.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Increased width for more coverage
Cool weather or intense cold weather riding
Fits under a helmet
It is indeed a pricey bit of kit. But then again, what price performance and comfort?
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
It washed up well – no noticeable issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well. Ears were thermo-regulated, and sweat was non-dribbly.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The width, that extra 25mm keeping the longest of lobes snug.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
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
If it were £10 it would be knocking on the five-star door, but it's twice that, so marked down. Otherwise, great bit of kit.
About the tester
I usually ride: Merida Ride 5000 Disc My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, club rides, general fitness riding, mountain biking, Dutch bike pootling