Castelli Viva cotton cap   £14.00


A well designed cap for women, or just anyone whose head it fits

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by Leonie Jennings   January 23, 2013  

Castelli Viva cotton cap (ladies)

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The Castelli Viva Women's Cap looks a lot like most other cycling caps, in that it's made from cotton and sports the same sort of peak, shaped crown and elasticated section at the back, allowing it to qualify for its 'one size fits all' status.

We asked Castelli what makes this a ladies' cap, and they came back with this: "The Viva Cotton Cap is a Unisex option, sizing is the same as men's hats with a lot more elastic movement on the rear."

The black cap is decorated with a broad rainbow band that more than faintly resembles the World Champ's rainbow banding, but with two of the colours switched (it's not MY fault if people henceforth assume I'm a champion in hiding!). It is a good looking cap.

I did find that the Viva fitted better than other caps I've tried in the past, from a variety of manufacturers. It seemed deeper at the back, allowing for the greater quantity of hair that most women have over male cyclists. It fitted a treat under a helmet and kept my head pleasingly warm and dry without overheating, in all sorts of weather.

So, I've no idea what makes a women's cap, but surprisingly the Viva did suit my head better than most.


A well designed cap for women, or just anyone whose head it fits. test report

Make and model: Castelli Viva cotton cap (ladies)

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?

Aimed at women.

Manufacturers don't say a lot about why it's "made for women" but it does seem to fit better than some other caps I've tried.

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


Elastic at rear

One size fits all

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Nicely finished and good soft, but rugged cotton.

Rate the product for performance:

Did what it was suppose to very well.

Rate the product for durability:

Not going anywhere in a hurry.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:

Very light indeed and perfect for a jersey pocket.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:

Surprisingly comfortable.

Rate the product for value:

On a par with most cycling caps.

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

Very well, both under a helmet and for hiding helmet hair.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Style, fit, weight.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly, if I knew they wouldn't be riding with me.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

A good value, well performing cycling cap.

Overall rating: 8/10

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,


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Nice stripes

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posted by David Arthur [1366 posts]
23rd January 2013 - 13:46

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is it windproof? water repellent?

posted by Metjas [268 posts]
23rd January 2013 - 20:35

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I used to ride with Rapha gear but got frustrated with their fit. Now I ride Castelli and the only difference I find... is the fit. You can't tell Rapha from Castelli by quality or perfomance.

posted by Giusto [11 posts]
25th January 2013 - 12:16

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Metjas wrote:
is it windproof? water repellent?

It is screenprinted cotton so no, it is not.

posted by Giusto [11 posts]
25th January 2013 - 12:18

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