Heading out on a cold weather ride takes some courage and the right gear. Many cyclists prefer flexibility as conditions can change drastically on a winter ride, perhaps wearing a jacket with a taller collar or using a neck gaiter, then a true skull cap versus a balaclava. The Garneau Winter Skull Hat demonstrates the local knowledge of the Quebec-based company, which also has it's US office in Vermont. Built for colder temps, this piece is little thicker than a traditional skull cap, yet compact enough to still fit under your helmet, while providing excellent heat and thermal retention and great fit.
The fabric tech and features your need for winter cycling are here. Supra WindDry is a 4-way stretch, 3-ply softshell with wind protection, thermal and moisture transfer layers. Perforated zones at the ears and upper rear of the skull more actively release excess heat and moisture without compromising protection. The structure and shape come from a 5-panel construction with smartly placed seams and transitions. A soft inner surface is not only nice on the skin, but also eases moisture off and out through the one-way breathable membrane. Garneau sets a reflective logo at the lowest point of the brow, which should be seen below the edge of most helmets.
Those of you who can rock a ponytail and normally struggle with skull-type caps will be excited to find an opening at the back for just that purpose. Offered in two sizes, this isn't an all purpose winter hat, but a true cycling skull cap shaped around the ears and head for optimal protection and helmet interaction, making it perfect for winter training and commuting.