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Verdict: 
It's black, it fits, it keeps your head warm, it's cheap; I like it
Weight: 
40g

Lusso's thermal skull cap is a no-nonsense, close-fitting black hat that fits under your helmet and keeps your head remarkably warm considering it's not windproof. It doesn't cost much either.

It's not always easy to keep your head warm at this time of year. Hats can be a bit bulky to fit under a helmet and can reduce its effectiveness. A Buff works, but can be a bit thin. Enter the thermal skullcap: it's specifically designed to provide as much warmth as possible with as little bulk as possible and is a must-have for the year-round cyclist.

This one's put together from five panels of four-way stretch half-and-half nylon and polyester mix with a brushed lining. It fits well, and the seams are kept away from any pressure points. It comes down to just below the ears.

In use, it's easy to forget you're wearing it. Which is a good thing: no niggles with fit, and surprisingly warm for a non-windproof hat. And best of all, there's a penny change from a tenner.

It's available in black or black, size small to extra large.

Verdict

It's black, it fits, it keeps your head warm, it's cheap; I like it

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Lusso Thermal Skull Cap

Size tested: n/a

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?

Great winter layering piece for added warmth in cooler seasons.

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

* 4 way stretch fabric

* Thermal properties

* Brushed lining

* Machine washable

* Made in UK

* Available in sizes S-XL

* 50% Nylon, 50% Polyester

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:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

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

It fits well under a helmet, the seams are out of the way of any pressure points and keeps my head warm.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It works well.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing to dislike.

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?

The Lusso Thermal skull cap has kept my head remarkably toasty for a non-windproof skull cap. It's no-nonsense, inoffensive and works for less than a tenner. What's not to like?

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: All of them!  My best bike is: Cannondale CAAD10

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

 

8 comments

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mylesrants [451 posts] 4 years ago
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nice design.

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Quince [380 posts] 4 years ago
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Can I ask what jersey the model is wearing? It looks quite attractive, from all 1cm of it visible.

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rjfrussell [517 posts] 4 years ago
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" Hats can be a bit bulky to fit under a helmet and can reduce its effectiveness." The syntax suggests that the writer is saying that a hat can reduce the effectiveness of a helmet. What is the evidential basis for this assertion?

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Steve667 [1 post] 4 years ago
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I have one of these...highly recommended.

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trekker12 [42 posts] 4 years ago
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rjfrussell wrote:

" Hats can be a bit bulky to fit under a helmet and can reduce its effectiveness." The syntax suggests that the writer is saying that a hat can reduce the effectiveness of a helmet. What is the evidential basis for this assertion?

I think he means that if the hat affects the fit of the helmet then it may not be in the right place on the head when an impact occurs.

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Curly [74 posts] 4 years ago
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I have got a few of these - great bit of kit and I don't have to adjust my helmet and its British Made. I have just got one of the new Lusso Leggero Thermal Jacket and the fit is SUPERB !!!

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queenofthemountain [6 posts] 4 years ago
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Got loads of Lusso kit for hubby at Christmas he loved his skull cap

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Iwein Dekoninck [64 posts] 4 years ago
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trekker12 wrote:
rjfrussell wrote:

" Hats can be a bit bulky to fit under a helmet and can reduce its effectiveness." The syntax suggests that the writer is saying that a hat can reduce the effectiveness of a helmet. What is the evidential basis for this assertion?

I think he means that if the hat affects the fit of the helmet then it may not be in the right place on the head when an impact occurs.

That is indeed what I meant. I haven't compared crashes with or without a bulky hat under a helmet in order to prove this assertion.