Following on from their Belgian-style wooly winter hat, Dorset-based clothing company Prendas have released the Sublimated Pro Winter Hat. It's much the same as the original, but a new fabric allows a range of snazzy colours so you can match it to the rest of your kit.
It does a brilliant job of keeping your head and ears warm. The fabric is thin enough that it'll fit comfortably under a helmet, yet provides adequate insulation for temperatures well below freezing. I've been wearing this hat almost exclusively this winter and for temperatures ranging from sub-zero to about 10 degrees, it's perfect.
The polyester fabric is soft and breathable enough to avoid clinging on to much moisture when you're working hard. It's quick drying and always ready the next day for another ride. The sides easily cover the ears, and can be folded up when it's warm. The peak does a good job of keeping the sun out of your eyes when it's sitting low in the sky, and is handy in the rain too.
It's an Italian-made hat and is very durable, I've been wearing it daily and it's been through a few washes, and it's holding up just fine. It would be nice to see Prendas offer a few more colours other than red or yellow, but that's just nitpicking really.
It really is all you need from a winter hat. All that, and it only costs £20. Bargain!
Warm and stylish winter hat at a brilliant price
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Make and model: Prendas Sublimated Pro Winter Hat
Size tested: one size, red
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?
After the success of our Prendas Belgian-Style Winter Hat, we are delighted to offer a colour-coded new addition to our Winter hat range!
We've taken the design of our popular GORE Windstopper Jacket, and applied this to fabric that can be sublimated (unlike the original Winter hat) to create a more colourful affair.
As both colours of the Winter Jacket have proved popular, we've decided to go ahead and offer both colours in this garment too. The overall shape of the hat is identical to the original with the same peak, soft lining, ribbed knitted rear flap and a multiple panel design that makes it comfortable to wear.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made in Italy
Ribbed knitted rear flap
Multiple panel design
There are few cheaper ways to keep your head warm. And none so stylish.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Perfect for winter cycling, fits comfortably, with or without a helmet, and enough insulation for the coldest UK days.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Warm and comfortable, and it looks good for a hat too.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Would be nice to see a wider range of colours.
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 warm, comfortable and good looking winter hat, at a great price.
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.