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Cervo Rosso Retro Cotton Cap



Cool cap, but one size doesn't really fit all, with a backwards flag, apart from that we like it

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Cervo Rosso are from Switzerland and they make a whole wardrobe of both cycling performance wear and urban clothing. Their Retro Cotton cap could probably flit quite gaily between the two.

The Retro Cotton Cap is your basic standard issue cycle cap, 100% cotton, elasticated rear, peak, a design that may or may not tickle your aesthetic peccadilloes.

Like most cycle caps, it comes in just the one size, and compared to others it's a little on the small side. Not that it's a tight fit round round the brim, on the contrary, but it sits higher on the skull than most others. The cut of the cap isn't very deep, the rear not reaching as far down the back as normal, making it feel odd under a helmet and a little perchy and insecure if worn on its own.

It's a nice looking cap though. Cervo Rosso means Red Deer in Italian, and there it is, a deer's head in a crest on the cap.

An "Italian Race Stripe" runs over the top of the cap in the familiar green-white-red tricolore pattern, but not if you're looking from the front as pedants will point out, where the stripes run red-white-green which is no flag that they know.

From the rear it's the correct orientation, maybe because you'll be in front of everyone and the last thing they see as you supplesse into the distance is where your national allegiances lie. Yeah, that. Or it's designed to be worn peak backwards, all trendy like. Or it doesn't need overthinking and it's just three colours used to evoke a feeling and a passion.

The Cervo Rosso Retro Cap is your standard issue cycling cap so there's not a lot to say; it's cotton and the design is quite stylish which might trigger a massive desire to have it, or not.

The fact that for a One Size garment it isn't as deep as other caps and will perch high on larger heads might bother some, as might the Italian Tricolore orientation, if you're that sort.


One size doesn't really fit all, with a backwards flag, but apart from that we like it. test report

Make and model: Cervo Rosso Retro Cotton 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?

Born and bred in Switzerland, Cervo Rosso say they capture the bygone era of European cycling by combining the beautiful heritage of the sport with the most technically advanced fabrics and styling available. The end result being performance cycling wear at it's very best.

Hmmm, that all sounds familiar marketing guff. Whatever, it's a cycling cap, you either get cycling caps or you don't and I happen to be a sucker for a cycling cap. This is a good looker, but compared to others it balances awkwardly atop the head. A cycling kippah if you will.

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

100% cotton.

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Rate the product for performance:
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Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:

Maybe on another head, but not mine.

Rate the product for value:

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

As a cotton cycling cap it did all it needed to, keep the sun and the rain and the sweat out of the eyes and looked smart doing it, but it sat too high on this head.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The styling.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The perchy fit.

Did you enjoy using the product? Not really, it felt odd on my noggin.

Would you consider buying the product? My heart says yes, my head says no.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? If it sat happy on their head.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Would have got a higher mark if it fitted me better.

Overall rating: 5/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 73kg

I usually ride: It varies as to the season.  My best bike is: The one I\'m on at the time

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Fun


Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.

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The _Kaner | 11 years ago

I have a pinhead, so sounds about right for me....  16

nowasps | 11 years ago

Sounds perfect for people with high ears.

John_the_Monkey | 11 years ago

That tricolore would be right for '60s Burundi, Tajikistan, Kurdistan or Hungary though.

Cycling really has gone global.

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