Prendas Ciclismo Belgian-style Winter Hat  £19.95

8/10

A stylish hat that is incredibly warm and insulating. Best worn without a helmet though

Weight 62g   Contact  www.prendas.co.uk

by David Arthur   November 13, 2012  

Prendas Ciclismo Belgian-style Winter Hat

The Prendas Ciclismo Belgian-style Winter Hat is exactly what it says: a Belgian-style hat made in Italy designed to protect your head from the elements with a soft and insulating fabric.

Drawing on the rich vein of Belgian cycling heritage and made in Italy, the hat is constructed from seven panels of a stretchy polyester fabric, with a soft mesh lining. A ribbed knitted flap extends from the sides and drops around the back, providing full coverage for the ears and back of head.

It's discreetly styled with the Prendas logo along the brim of the peak and in a small folded red, white and blue striped ribbon at the back. On the side there's a Fatto a Mano Italia badge, a nod to its Italian manufacter.

It'll fit underneath a helmet, just about, though you'll probably have to re-adjust the retention device and straps a little. To be honest it's a little bulky under the helmet and you're probably better off with a skull cap or similar if you're going to wear a lid.

No, this is a hat better worn on its own, sans-helmet. It's far more comfortable this way, plus you get the full Belgian 'look' going on, providing you are comfortable with how it looks on your head. Not everyone can comfortably carry it off. It demands confidence...

The stiff peak manages the tricky job of being just the right size, not too large, not too small. Just perfect. The sides are just the right length to cover the ears, no more – well, the ears of everyone we got to try it, anyway. You can also adjust the hat during a ride if you're not wearing a helmet. Ears a little warm? Just turn the side flaps up a bit. Peak obscuring your vision? Flip it up out of the way.

Prendas offer it in one size fits all, which is probably fine for most people. I found it ever so slightly tight at first, but after a few rides it seems to have stretched a little, or perhaps I've just become used to it. The fabric is stretchy though so it isn't too restrictive.

After a handful of chilly early morning and evening rides with a range of temperatures from nudging zero degrees, I've found the hat offers brilliant insulation. I've not found my head too warm nor too cold. I thought, with its lack of fancy wind and water resistant fabrics, might struggle in extreme conditions, but that hasn't been the case.

The fabric handles moisture well, the mesh lining manages to avoid any dampness building up in the hat on longer rides. I've been wearing the hat a lot on recent rides and I don't think I'll be taking it off until the spring.

Verdict

A stylish hat that is incredibly warm and insulating. Best worn without a helmet though.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Prendas Ciclismo Belgian-style Winter Hat

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?

This classic, Belgian-style Winter Hat has been designed to keep you protected from the winter elements whilst still offering great value for money!

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Made in Italy, it's made of an insulating and stretchy polyester mix, has a soft lining, ribbed knitted rear flap and 7 panel design makes it extremely comfortable.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Extremely well made with a very nice finish.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

It's exceptionally warm and maintains a steady temperature no matter how cold it is outside.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

It's extremely well made and I can't see any reason why it won't look this good for ages.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10

You barely notice it on your head.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10

The fabric is soft next to the skin but I found the fit just a little tight.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Usual value for money from Prendas, you can't argue with the price

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

It kept my head lovely and warm and dry on all ride in all weather.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It's unique look, the ear flaps and the peak.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The one size fits all sizing.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much so.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

 

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"No, this is a hat better worn on its own, sans-helmet.
It's far more comfortable this way, plus you get the full Belgian 'look' going on, providing you are comfortable with how it looks on your head.
Not everyone can comfortably carry it off. It demands confidence..."

Or just a 'Don't care' attitude.
But, sod it, I now have warm ears

If you want to all retro they do a wool mix one with Raleigh on the peak.

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posted by Joselito [118 posts]
13th November 2012 - 17:56

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I bought one the other day - promptly delivered next day - however, I do find it on the quite tight side and will be sending it back. That said perhaps my head is above average at 60cm circumference. I can't fault the quality of materials and construction, which are all excellent. A great shame as its almost half the price of the Rapha one, which I can't bring myself to buy. Giro do one at about £25, but the merino fabric looks quite thin.

posted by amazon22 [141 posts]
13th November 2012 - 18:12

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My tuppence worth regarding these style of hats:

Hardly any of them can be worn comfortably with helmets - especially the Rapha one! That seam is just too bulky.

I found the Solo possum/merino hat to be absolutely superb as the seams are minimal and it doesn't have any windproofing so is more breathable and comfortable when you've got a lid on. Furthermore the peak isn't too stiff to flip up easily either. It's the dogs.

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posted by G-bitch [298 posts]
14th November 2012 - 12:51

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I have a Sugoi Wallaroo that is marevellous and has kept me toasty for the last 3 winters, merino outer with mesh liner, £24 & fits fine under a helmet. Only downside is that it's too warm on all but the coldest days (below about 5 degrees) and it's often missign when I look for it as my wife steals it all the time. I shall be wearing it on my walk home tonight!

Carpe Diem ab absentis: seize the day off

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posted by Coodsta [94 posts]
15th November 2012 - 18:41

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"Giro do one at about £25, but the merino fabric looks quite thin."

I have the Giro merino one, very nice. The merino is naturally odour resistant, and the lining has a silver thread woven through it which in my experience really works well in keeping things smelling fresh.

I don't feel the fabric is too thin. In Autumn/Spring I wear one of those super-thin Craft windstopper jobbies (very ugly hat, but very functional) and move to the merino when winter really kicks in (< 10 deg) and I've never felt cold in it.

posted by jackh [104 posts]
16th November 2012 - 8:59

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jackh - I've bought a Giro one now, and I agree, it is very nice. Wore it yesterday on a cold and wet 25 mile ride - worked very well, wicks very well, peak is just the right size and the L/XL fits as well!

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26th November 2012 - 13:38

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