Cycling caps are great for cold weather riding, but they do look a little funny off the bike. The POC Transcend Cap is just the opposite, however. Billed as a cycling cap, this one is great for everything but cycling.
POC Transcend Cap Features:
- Stretch material for a better fit
- Reflective POC logo makes it easier for others to see you
- Wicks moisture away from the head
- MSRP: $30
An “apres-cycling” cap
Certainly, POC is best-known for their cycling helmets and apparel, so it makes sense to call the Transcend Cap a “cycling cap.” I feel you in spirit, really I do, but I’m not so sure how I would use this under my helmet. So, we’ll call it an apres-cycling cap. With that, I’ve decided to use it for hiking, running and around town to see how it fared.
The Transcend is a bit on the higher volume side, as such it sits pretty low on my head, tucking just barely above my ears. Sunglasses can tuck right in there, but this hat sits pretty low. With a near-flat brim, the hat looks the part and is pretty stylish, if I do say so myself. POC chose to use a stretchy elastane-blend material to provide a comfortable fit that can accommodate a variety of hair thicknesses. While the brim is pretty flat, the cap is pretty much unstructured for easy stashing when traveling. I took it on a trip to Seattle and just shoved it in my carry-on (it didn’t mind).
A little touch of water-repellency is provided, but this is by no means a waterproof lid. The internal seams are taped, which would make you think otherwise. It does aid in keeping water at bay, but primarily, those seams are made for added comfort.
An internal knit headband keeps moisture from dripping profusely down your face, when used for trail running. It feels nice and comfortable for that purpose too. During the course of a 5 mile run, you can see how much sweat it absorbs.
Fit is accomplished with a simple adjustable strap clip — pretty standard fare for these types of caps. While it can be adjusted easily, I did wish that one side of the attached loop was stretchy for added comfort.
- Unstructured design is easily stashed
- Cap stretches with you
- Knit headband adeptly catches perspiration
- Stylish for around town, hiking or trail running
- The fit strap should have an elastic side for added comfort/stretch
- Taped seams on hats do tend to deteriorate over time (I’ll keep an eye on it)
The Bottom Line: POC Transcend Cap
As an after-bike cap, the Transcend is a good option. It’s lightweight, comfortable and fits in just about anywhere. I have enjoyed stashing it away on trips to Seattle and Steamboat because it takes up very little space and easily slips into your luggage.
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