I have looked long and hard (stop it!) for a cycling hat that would fit. I like them because they fold into a pocket nicely, and get my balding pate out of the sun and the wind; however, they rarely fit. Now the self-titled 'Velominati' will tell you never to wear a cycling cap except cycling, but they'll ride plastic, so what can they say? I have tried the large Walz caps, and that was money wasted. There are only two stock cycling caps I have found to fit my 62 cm dome: an Assos I bought, and a Timbuk2 I didn't. Here's a story on different options, but most of these do not come in varying sizes (pin-heads!).
Looking around (Googling) I found an endorsement on the 'Urban Adventure League' website, and thought I'd give it a try: 'Little Package Cycling Caps' (mind out of the gutter, you). Custom hats for reasonable money. Not much more than off the peg, and they fit! Worth mentioning that as cycling caps are light, it cost only $11 US to have two sent airmail to Japan. Worth adding that I had them in hand in about two weeks.
If you are interested you can follow any of the links above, or in this sentence. I got the black cotton with an orange stripe, and the black wool/silk mix. Most pleased. Customer service was great, also. I emailed the owner more than once, and got quick, polite and pertinent replies. When I ordered I wrote this:
Size 63cm for both, please. And if it saves postage, send them in the same package, even if it is a longer wait. If it matters any, my head is long, rather than wide, and 62cm precisely, but I figure 1cm extra will be more comfortable. Thanks.She let me know she found and used a pattern for narrower heads. She made them for 62cm, not 63cm as I asked, and she was right.
I am fully satisfied for what I paid. No, more than satisfied, even if 'beggers [could] be choosers'. If she reads this, there are just a few things that would make me buy about four more:
- elastic webbing all the way around, not just at the gather at the back, to feel even more secure
- softshell materials for winter hats, in dark colours to gather what UV it can
- cool synthetic materials for summer hats, in light colours to reflect UV
- more colour options for the cotton hats as black is too hot in the sun, but white gets too dirty looking
She will certainly get my business again.