Review: Swrve Softshell Belgian Cap

A warm piece of headwear is vital to staying comfortable on the bike in the winter months. Your head acts a bit like a heat dissipater, because of the significant blood flow close to the skin; as a result, it becomes essential to protect it from the wind, water and cold temperatures.

My normal choice of headwear for winter riding is a simple skull cap, which fits neatly and snugly underneath your helmet. However, a skull cap does little to shield your forehead from driving rain or (if you're lucky) sunshine; this is where the Belgian style cycling cap comes in...

Featuring a brimmed peak like a traditional casquette, as well as fold down ear flaps; the Belgian cap is a belt-and-braces approach. Swrve, an American brand that should be familiar to blog readers (read previous review here), has taken the protective design one step further, and produced this rather luxurious softshell version.

Last month, I reviewed the Swrve Winter Softshell Trousers, and praised them for their practicality, comfort and durability. With the same three layer softshell fabric being used for this winter cap, as well as a beautifully soft fleece on the fold-down ear flaps, this looked to be a winner from the moment I set eyes on it.

Indeed, the Swrve Winter Softshell Belgian Cap hasn't failed to disappoint. It is warm, water-resistant and windproof, and yet highly breathable. I have worn it on winter commutes; in temperatures from -4°C right up to +12°C; in wind and rain, and it has been superbly comfortable throughout.

In typical Swrve fashion, even after hours of use, it still looks like new, too. It has put up with the daily wear and abuse, and there is no sign of the robust flat-lock seams coming loose any time soon.

Fantastically comfortable; this has to be one of the best winter riding accessories on the market.

View the Swrve Softshell Belgian Cap at swrve.co.uk (Link)

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