Gore Retro Cap

Modern take on traditional cap

BikeRadar score3/5

This tech twist on a traditional road cap is great if you want to look like a Euro road pro, but with a warm head.

Rather than the normal cotton ‘trade’ caps, this one uses Windstopper softshell front panels and mesh back panels. These stop ice cream headaches and sweaty scalps respectively, with a towelling sweat band for good measure.

The neoprene peak is just long enough to keep low sun and rain out of your eyes and it fits fine under a helmet without having to take out pads. Only time-served roadies will truly appreciate the styling though.

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Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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