The Giro Classic Cotton Cap is exactly what it says it is.
A simple cotton cycling cap, made in the three panel way, providing shade from the sun, protection from wind and rain, an absorber of sweat and a style statement for some.
The cotton cap is thin enough to be worn under a bike helmet and with Giro giving you five different patterns to choose from it shouldn't be too hard to find one that matches your top/socks/bike/bar-tape, and it's smart enough to rakishly wear just on its own round the hipster streets.
The White Spotty one here puts a smile on the face and goes with most anything.
As fit goes the Giro is spot on. The large elasticated rear keeps it snug without being head-hurty tight and it hasn't shrunk annoyingly over the heavy wash rotation it's been through.
Giro say they've shortened the brim compared to some caps for better upper peripheral vision without reducing the ability to block sun and rain, but measuring it up against the vast collection of caps hanging on the back of the door it's exactly the same size. Which is a good thing.
The fit was good and the pattern gave me a little temple tickle.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Giro Classic Cotton Cap
Size tested: One
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?
Giro say their Classic cotton cap is a way of showing your colors with classic style. A simple cotton cycling cap might be the most versatile accessory a rider can have. A bit of shade from the sun, a cover from wind and rain, a layer of insulation when it's cool, and it wicks sweat when the heat rises. Our Classic Cotton Cap is thin enough to fit under helmets, enough style to be worn off the bike, too. We've also shortened the brim compared to some caps, for better upper peripheral vision without reducing the ability to block sun and rain.
That's about as much as you can say about a cotton cycling cap, the bit about the shortened brim is bobbins though, it's the same as everyone else's.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Classic cotton, elastic rear panel offers wide range of fit, made in Italy.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a cotton cap, it kept rain and sun and sweat out of the eyes as well as any other cotton cap, the spotty design was fun.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and the pattern.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes. I like a cotton cap.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 42 Height: 180cm Weight: 73kg
I usually ride: It varies as to the season. My best bike is: The one I\'m on at the time
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Fun
Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he’s not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he’s not doing either of those he’s pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he’s agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours doesn’t. He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.