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Stolen Goat Mekon Belgian Winter Cap

8
£35.00

VERDICT:

8
10
Warm, breathable and impressively finished hat for the worst the weather can throw at you
Toasty warm
Highly breathable
Excellent quality
Similar hats can be had for a lot less
Weight: 
72g
Contact: 

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If you ride whatever the weather, you need a Belgian winter cap. Stolen Goat's Mekon should definitely be on your list as it's warm, breathable and surprisingly compact once tucked under your helmet.

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One thing I've found over the years of riding through all weathers - including snow and ice – is that the amount of accessories you need easily outweighs the actual clothing you need to buy.

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I'd dread to think how many gloves I have. I could get away with just a couple of pairs, but I seem to have amassed one for each little micro-climate. And it's the same with hats. But when it's cold and the weather is crap, you can't beat the Belgian cap for its versatility.

The Mekon uses a Windtex windproof fabric with a bit of water repellency to keep the elements out, and a mesh liner creates a bit of space between your head and the Windtex for breathability and wicking.

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I found the Mekon to be comfortable from about 5°C down to freezing (it'll easily go lower, we just haven't had the temperatures yet) and the fabric does a very good job of keeping cold winds at bay.

The Mekon looks quite bulky, but it's much thinner than you'd expect and – so long as you've got a couple of clicks on your helmet adjuster – you should get it underneath without any trouble.

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To keep your ears warm, Stolen Goat has used a ribbed merino band which both feels snug and keeps the hat in place. This helps the 'one size' style of the hat. It's very soft against the skin, and really warm considering its minimal bulk.

The stiff peak gives plenty of coverage for keeping the wind and rain out of your eyes. If you're not used to a cap it can feel a little restrictive having the peak above your eyes, but you get used to it. You'll be thanking it the first time you find yourself riding into a hail or snowstorm too.

Value

Priced at £35, this Italian-made hat is pricier than many competitors, but it's very well manufactured and works impeccably well.

I have the Lusso Repel Belgium Hat (now known as the Thermal Repel Belgian Hat) which I've worn a fair amount over the last few winters. It's still priced at £19.99. They do a Merino Reversible version for £24.99, too.

We tested the Prendas Ciclismo Belgian Style Winter Hat back in 2015 and were generally impressed. It's still available for below twenty quid. In my opinion though, the Stolen Goat is a step above both in terms of performance, and justifies its price.

If you want to step things up a notch further there's the Velobici Belgian Ride Cap, made from herringbone fabric, for £45.

Overall

I'm a big fan of the Stolen Goat Mekon Belgian Winter Cap thanks to its performance, comfort and quality. I actually can't wait for the mercury to plummet so I can really exploit its abilities.

Verdict

Warm, breathable and impressively finished hat for the worst the weather can throw at you

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Stolen Goat Mekon Belgian Winter Cap

Size tested: One size

Tell us what the product is for

Stolen Goat says: "A deep winter cycling cap is finally here by popular request! With a peak to keep rain and low-lying winter sun out of your eyes, a Windtex windproof fabric on the head to prevent wind and rain from penetrating, a mesh-lined interior to help wick sweat away and a luxurious, warm merino ear covering. This really is the ultimate cycling cap for the coldest days."

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

Windtex fabric for main body

Merino ribbed band for ear covering

One size

Flexible peak

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

It's one size and I had no issues with it. There's a fair amount of stretch in the merino band.

Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

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

Follow the washing instructions and you'll be fine.

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

The fabric keeps the elements out while remaining breathable.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Very warm and comfortable.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

It's expensive. Lusso and Prendas, to name just a couple, offer similarly good hats for less.

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

The Stolen Goat Mekon hat is very well made from some high performing fabrics. There are cheaper options out there that do a decent job too, but the quality justifies the premium here. It's very good.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

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: 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!

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