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Fully waterproof cap with excellent fit and decent breathability
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The Equipe cap from Gore Bike Wear is made from the same excellent Gore-Tex Active material used in their jackets and, in this cap, provides a completely waterproof and windproof shelter for your head. For anyone intent in not letting the rain stop play, this is a very good investment.

The cap fits very nicely and because the fabric is very thin it goes under a helmet easily. It's elasticated around the back to ensure the one size fits all can cater for a variety of head sizes. It's a much better fit than the similar Showers Pass waterproof cap with no bagginess.

It looks much like a normal cycling cap really, and ticks the style box if you ride without a helmet. It doesn't even look out of place in the mid-ride cafe stop either. The front logo is reflective providing a boost of front visibility when riding at night.

The main appeal of this cycling cap is the waterproof factor of course. And quite simply, it's brilliant in the rain. Even during the heaviest downpours, the Gore-Tex Active material refused to let the water dampen my hair. The peak provides the same useful protection that a normal cotton cycling cap does but performs better for longer in prolonged showers. A cotton cycling cap becomes saturated very quickly, the difference wearing this Gore-Tex cap was quite staggering.

It's impressively breathable too, but it's definitely toastier the higher up the mercury is, compared to a traditional cotton cap. Though it did occasionally feel warmer, it never bordered on overheating, and on colder rides in the rain the fact it retains heat well was very welcome. For daily commuting the cap is just wonderful and infinitely useful.

I recently tested the Showers Pass eVent cap, which uses a three-layer eVent fabric. It's a fiver cheaper but the fit isn't anything like as good as the Gore Bike Wear Equipe cap, and in terms of waterproofness and breathability, there really is very little in it. The better fit and comfort of the Gore cap would persuade me to part with the extra five pounds. But really they're both very good caps, and way better than wearing a cotton cycling cap, or nothing at all, in the rain.

Verdict

Fully waterproof cap with excellent fit and decent breathability

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Gore Bike Wear EQUIPE GORE-TEX® CAP

Size tested: one size fits all, black

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?

The Gore Bike Wear Equipe Gore-Tex® Cap can be worn under a helmet and provides perfect protection from the rain with a front peak that can be flipped up or down to suit.

A one size fits all cap, with an elasticated rear that allows individual fitting for optimum comfort. This cap can be worn just as easily off the bike as on.

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

Front peak with with reflective logo

Elastic back for maximum comfort

Gore-Tex® Membrane

One size fits all

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

It's £5 more than the similar Showers Pass but the Gore cap is just slightly better, but really both are very good. The fit and look of the Gore swings it for me.

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

Totally waterproof and windproof and very breathable so you can get a lot of use out of it, and not just confine it to wet rides.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Great fit and waterproof and windproof fabric, so much better than a traditional cotton cycling cap.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

It's a bit pricey.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

A really well designed waterproof and windproof cycling cap that works nicely in a wide range of conditions.

Overall rating: 9/10

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,

 

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

6 comments

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Nixster [412 posts] 4 years ago
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Is it hat week or something?

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honesty [77 posts] 4 years ago
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Hows it stack up to the Vulpine Storm cap? Unsurprisingly given the weather in in the market for a decent one at the moment!

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jacknorell [1046 posts] 4 years ago
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Can't help thinking Windstopper could be a better fabric? Yeah, more water may come through, but also won't be as hot inside.

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CapriciousZephyr [87 posts] 4 years ago
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A few years ago I bought one of Gore's previous waterproof caps, the "Signature II". They seemed to have stopped production around that time, so I was glad to get while it was still available. Like this cap, mine is waterproof, but, additionally, has two stripes of reflective material running from the front up to the top and reflective "GORE-TEX" letting on the back. They were also available in two sizes, both with a partially elasticated band to account for a variety of head sizes, as this one has.

I don't doubt that this is a very good cap. It just strikes me that it's not as good as what Gore used to produce, which is a shame.

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PonteD [327 posts] 4 years ago
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Am i the only one who finds gore tex to be not much more breathable than a carrier bag?

Every gore tex product I have ever used has been a dissapointment in terms of breathability (gaiters, gloves, several jackets of various types of gore tex, shoes). if past experience is anything to go by I could put a sandwich bag on my head and it would be just as breathable.

I think I'll stick to cotton caps or maybe a buff if it gets really cold.

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Alex Metcalfe [2 posts] 4 years ago
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Just to confirm as I believe in this was missing in the text. New cap is GORE-TEX(r) Active which is designed for high intensity sports. Care has been taken to minimise the number of seams and amount of taping, making the cap much more comfortable and but also ensuring the finished cap is as breathable as possible. I'm loving mine and have been wearing it since August in all weathers.