Castelli Risvolto Winter Cap  £30.00

8/10

Insulating, breathable winter cap that'll keep your ears nice 'n' toasty

Weight 58g   Contact  www.saddleback.co.uk

by Mat Brett   January 3, 2012  

Castelli Risvolto Winter Cap

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Castelli's Risvolto Winter Cap provides enough warmth for most winter conditions and comes with a stowable flap to cover your ears and the back of your head.

You can just about wear it under a helmet but you're making life hard for yourself there because it's not especially low profile. No, this is a hat that's aimed at those who ride without a lid.

The Risvolto is made from Castelli's Warmer fabric which is a stretchy, fleece-backed polyester. It's not windproof but it provides a good amount of insulation. It's also very breathable and a towelling liner helps wick sweat away from your head so you don't get all sticky at the first hint of a hill.

The flap is double-thickness fabric and you can fold it up – inside or out – to adjust the temperature. It makes a surprising amount of difference, believe it or not.

Castelli reckon the Risvolto has a temperature range of 6-14°C. They're having a laugh. If you wear this on the bike when the temperature is 14°C, you will poach your brain. 6°, maybe at a push, although I'd say you want to use it at cooler temperatures than that, even, unless you're on the very steadiest of steady rides.

One size fits all, by the way – and there's plenty of stretch in the fabrics so most people will get a comfortable fit. As well as red, the Risvolto is available in black with either a white or red stripe.

Verdict

Insulating, breathable winter cap that'll keep your ears nice 'n' toasty

road.cc test report

Make and model: Castelli Risvolto Winter Cap

Size tested: Red, unisize

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?

Castelli say, "Mother knows best. Remember when your mother used to tell you, 'Wear your hat! You lose 90% of your heat through your head.' We still don't believe that 90% number, but we do believe that well-designed headwear is a must. This is a must for cold weather."

How do they know my mother? That's what I'd like to know.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Like most hats, it'll last yonks. There's nothing to rub or wear out. All it has to do is sit on your swede and go through the washing machine. It does both just fine.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

We've had similar-ish hats on road.cc priced at about £25. Rapha do a Sportwool one for £35 and a cyclo cross one at £40, so £30 is there or thereabouts.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It does exactly what it's supposed to do

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Warm ears; you can't put a price on that. Well, I say that... it's 30 quid in this case.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? I'm sticking with skullcaps because I virtually always wear a helmet

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yup

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,

 

5 user comments

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Not liking that cap much ... people might think cyclists are a weird bunch, if they all wore caps like this one. Plain Face It might look ok wearing this on the continent, but not in the UK. Smile Better to wear a skull cap and a helmet.

Nic

posted by nbrus [286 posts]
3rd January 2012 - 18:47

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The first thing that popped into my head when I saw that pic was this, don't ask me why:

Bellini.Loredan_doge.jpg
Simon_MacMichael's picture

posted by Simon_MacMichael [8500 posts]
3rd January 2012 - 21:10

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looks fine to me but shame its too bulky under a lid...mind you I have the Castelli winter skull cap and its toasty warm into the sub zeros and thin enough to go under a helmet easily Big Grin

posted by Bigpikle [66 posts]
3rd January 2012 - 22:16

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I manage to fit mine under a helmet with the ear bit folded down, not when it's up though....

I fold it up and stick the cap back on when in the cafe as it makes it look a bit daft with it down. It's like a convertible cap, two for the price of one if you will. It is bloody warm though, great on the early morning commutes.

posted by Dr_Death [32 posts]
3rd January 2012 - 22:53

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Just to be clear, you can wear it under a helmet, it's just bulky compared to a skullcap and the seams aren't flat. I didn't find it as comfortable if worn like that.

posted by Mat Brett [1955 posts]
4th January 2012 - 9:33

2 Likes

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