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Verdict: 
A classic cap that is well made with a great fit for a very sensible price
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39g
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The classic cap is a simple and often overlooked garment in the cyclist's wardrobe, but whatever the weather it has its uses; and if it has a great cut and fit like this Saikel Chevrons Cap then all the better.

  • Pros: Stiff peak, different size options, comfortable
  • Cons: Not the most breathable

This cap is part of the Chevrons range which includes men's and women's jerseys and bib shorts, and the option of colour coding it all with navy arm and leg warmers if you want to go for the whole 'outfit' look. Oh, and socks.

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Unlike many manufacturers Saikel has created the cap in three sizes: small (-56cm), medium (56-60cm) and large (60+cm) rather than going down the one-size-fits-all route. I found the medium a perfect close fit without being too tight around the rim.

Without having to cover a huge circumference range, the material doesn't need to be that pliable so it hasn't had any elastane added to the cotton. This gives a more relaxed feel to the rest of the cap as it isn't stretched across your head.

It's reasonably breathable as long as the breeze is flowing over your head but the fabric did soak up the sweat quite a bit when winching up steep, hot climbs. It soon dries on the descent though.

Keeping everything in place is a small piece of elastic at the rear centre.

When new, the fabric felt a little starchy but after a few wears and washes it soon softened up and now feels very comfortable indeed.

The peak has remained stiff, something that I like as it doesn't get overwhelmed by sweat or rain, and lets any liquid flow along it before dripping off well in front of your face. It's a decent enough length to keep the sun out of your eyes too, and if you want to fold the peak up it stays put.

There are quite a few ways of cutting the material to create a cap and Saikel has gone for three sections for the main head part, each one running from front to back. It gives a good shape plus there are very few seams to irritate when worn under a helmet. The two main seams are so flat they are barely noticeable anyway.

It's a good cap then, plus it's pretty good value for money too. Saikel is selling directly to the public at the moment and on its website the Chevrons cap costs just £15, which isn't bad.

> Read more road.cc reviews of cycling headwear here

The FWE Fred Unisex Cap is three quid less at rrp, and Lusso's Zigzag is £10.99, while Primal's Neon Crush Cap is the same price and weight, but many are more expensive.

The Chapeau! Cotton Cap is £19.99, for example, Craft's Monument is £20, and Café Du Cycliste's Sardine £25.

For the overall quality, fit and performance I'd say the Chevrons cap is well worth the outlay.

Verdict

A classic cap that is well made with a great fit for a very sensible price

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Saikel Chevrons Cap

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Saikel says, "It might be hidden under your helmet while you get down to business on the bike, but when you've reached your destination/coffee stop, you'll be able to chill out in style. Great as a standalone cap or complementary to your segment kit."

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

Available in 3 sizes for the perfect fit.

Antibacterial tape around the rim to keep you feeling fresh

Manufactured in Italy from the finest fabrics

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
9/10

A choice of sizes makes for a comfortable cap. This medium is my size and fits a treat.

Rate the product for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

The label says a 30 degree machine wash but I often just gave it a rinse out by hand to remove the salt lines.

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

A great-fitting, useful cap whatever the weather.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The cotton can soak up the sweat in really high temperatures.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

Offering the Chevrons cap in three sizes does make a difference to the overall fit, and when paired with the quality and price it's a decent performing piece of kit.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 39  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  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: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!