The good old-fashioned cycling cap has seen a bit of a comeback over recent years, becoming the trendy headwear of choice for those choosing to eschew helmets, looking for something to wear under their helmet, or just for hanging about in off the bike. A little way of saying 'I'm a cyclist, you know' in everyday life.
Shutt VR's take on the casquette is one that will please many and dismay few. What's not to like about a lightweight tweed cycle specific cap, made in the UK, using 100% Scottish wool tweed and with a very limited run so you'll not be seeing them everywhere? At just 40g, it's a lightweight hat, with plenty of breathability in the wool tweed fabric, and the Cupro anti-static lining is also nicely breathable, but gives a measure of wind resistance too. It's a three panel, one-size-fits-all design, with an elasticated section at the back for comfort and a good fit (it doesn't blow off in the wind). It really does fit most head shapes and sizes, male or female. It's light and tucks away happily in a jersey pocket so is ideal for touring or cafe rides when helmet hair just isn't the look you want.
It fits well under a helmet, offering a bit of warmth and wind protection, but really, it's way too nice to be hidden away and deserves to be worn on its own, where you can see it, whether you're riding or not. There are only 23 of the pink tweed variant, so get 'em while you can, but rest assured other tweeds and limited edition fabrics will be on the way if you miss this one.
A very fetching hat indeed and good on or off the bike.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Shutt VR Ltd Edition Tweed 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?
Aimed at style conscious cyclists.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
100% Scottish Wool Tweed
Cupro anti-static lining
Washable at 30 degrees
Fantastic fabric, well made and extra points for being made in the UK.
It does a great job of looking good but also keeps your head just the right amount of warm.
As long as you don't shrink it in the wash or attack it with velcro this should last years.
Light and pocketable.
Extremely comfortable either on its own or under a helmet.
It ain't cheap but it's a seriously limited edition, it's made in the UK from 100% Scottish wool tweed and it'll last you for years so it's a sound investment.
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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely. And also as a gift.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
It's a casquette, it's made in the UK from 100% Scottish wool tweed. Enough said.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.