Snek Wool Winter Cap review

Warmth and versatility in a durable and aesthetically pleasing design

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Snek Wool Winter Cap Review

The Snek Wool Winter Cap is a solid choice for cool springtime rides.

What is it

With the aim of providing warmth and versatility in a durable and aesthetically pleasing design, the Snēk (as in smart+neat) Wool Winter Cap utilizes a lightweight wool and polyester blend in a grid pattern. It’s designed to fit comfortably under a helmet and maintain a flexible, yet robust brim that won’t get misshaped when stuffed in a jersey pocket. Claimed temperature range is 35-50 degrees. The cap also features a micro-fiber suede band to keep sweat out of your eyes and off your sunglasses, and it is made in the USA with imported fabrics.

Snek Wool Winter Cap Review

The cap provides great ear and neck coverage.

Pros
  • Classic simple look
  • Brim maintains shape even after washing
  • Good ear and neck coverage
  • Suede band keeps sweat out of eyes
  • Material very soft on skin
  • Great for cool weather rides
  • Very low weight (33 grams, size S/M)
  • Ear flaps roll out of way if temperature rises
  • Two sizes available
  • Cool, small company
  • Made in USA product
Snek Wool Winter Cap Review

Occasionally the ear flaps will roll up.

Cons
  • Ear flaps sometimes twist up
  • Not inexpensive
  • Good for cool (but not truly cold) rides
Snek Wool Winter Cap Review

The thin, lightweight material comfortably slips under a helmet.

RoadBikeReview’s Take

A cap’s a cap, right? Not so much, at least when it comes to cycling. While there are plenty of ways to keep the noggin warm during cool weather rides, few of these options do it with as much style, panache, and functionality as the Snēk Wool Winter Cap.

Snek Wool Winter Cap Review

This micro-fiber suede band helps keep sweat out of your eyes.

The wool and polyester blend material is super soft on the skin, provides ample warmth, and looks great, too. Also the brim maintains its shape (even after a trip through the washing machine), and there’s a micro-fiber suede band that’s soft on the forehead and helps keep sweat from draining into your eyes or onto your sunglasses lenses. Coverage for the neck and ears is sufficient, and you can easily roll up the lower flap if the temperature rises.

Snek Wool Winter Cap Review

If the temperature rises, just fold the ear flaps up and out of the way.

Just know that this is a cool (not cold) weather cap; recommended temperature range is 35-50 degrees. Anything below that, and you’ll likely be wishing for something more substantial. I also had occasional issues with the ear flap rolling up slightly, but it was nothing that couldn’t be remedied by a well-placed helmet strap.

Snek Wool Winter Cap Review

Retail price is $62, though it’s currently marked down to $48.

Bottom line, this is a cool made in the USA product that can add a little style, versatility, and functionality to any cyclist’s apparel wardrobe.

Snek Wool Winter Cap Review

The wool and polyester blend material is super soft on the skin.

Rating: 4 out of 5 4 stars
Price: $62 (currently on sale for $48)
More Info: www.snekcycling.com

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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