PROVIZ CLASSIC UNDER HELMET SKULLCAP
21g One Size £9.99
The Pro-Viz Classic Under Helmet Skullcap, might not be the most exotic of Christmas arrivals. However, one of those that’s worth its weight in gold during a cold snap.
Pretty much what we’d expect from this price point but nonetheless, well-conceived. Pro-Viz describe the Classic as “A breathable four panel hat”. A skullcap by definition, needs to be a very precise, snug fit and though “one size fits all” is begging for contradiction, it seems bang on the money. No surprise to learn its 100% polyester. Day-Glo yellow might not have universal appeal and is arguably a bit contentious given the recent calls for compulsion. Similarly, the reflective logo is of more use to runners than riders wearing lids but we’re pleased by its inclusion.
Size and fit
With an officially big-head it doesn’t feel tight, though colleagues with smaller bonces have not complained about looseness leading to slipping. Mind you, one had to roll the band up to get it above the eyes. Ears are pretty much covered, too.
Good news for a fuss-free start is that the thin fabric required no adjustment of the helmet straps. Initially, I wondered whether this signalled a chilly ride. Actually, it seems to insulate well above its weight. With the temperature around 2%, but wind chill taking things below zero, I headed off at a steady 12-14 mph, before having a ten minute burst at around twenty. No brain freeze, in either context - just a bit chiller on a long moorland descent at up to thirty, but you’d expect that. OK, we are taking English midlands winter weather here.
Heading up the bank, I expected to work up a bit of a sweat. However breathable, a good chunk of 1:5 inevitably leads to a bit of moisture, but nothing unexpected. What did assemble was either rapidly wicked away or absorbed, so no nasty chill on the next descent. Overall, I was pleasantly pleased at just how comfortable the soft, thin fabric felt, as well as the way to dealt with dampness.
In combination with Proviz’s Reflect360 helmet cover, it certainly felt a touch too toasty.
Needless to say, the skullcap won’t keep your head dry, but sharp showers haven’t caused too much discomfort with on-bike drying rapid. With a decent spin, the skullcap emerges from a machine wash almost dry.
Nothing not to like about this utilitarian bit of gear. Does what you want very well, at a decent price.