Perfect for layering under a bike helmet or wearing on its own, this ultra-light and super-cooling beanie is built to protect your head from UV rays while keeping you comfortable in hot sun. It features a soft, stretch fabric, our industry leading cooling technology, a sweat-wicking fabric that disperses moisture away from your skin, and UPF 50 sun protection.
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I purchased this for use under my bicycle helmet to protect my bald scalp from the sun. I already have a couple of the old "Coolhead" beanies, which I bought back in 2012, and they work great. The coolhead was only available in one size and fit well, not too big, not too small, just enough to cover the top half of my head and thin enough to not notice. I bought this new version in L/XL and it is a little too "tall," but still feels okay under a helmet. I can actually pull it down and cover half of my ears, which may actually be a benefit some day. I ordered a couple more in S/M though which should be closer to the old "one size fits all."
I logged a few thousand miles with the "Cooldhead" and never had a burn, even after many long hours out in the bright sun with a well vented helmet. As I always wore them under a helmet, I can't say whether the cooling effect exists or not, but I can say that I never felt too warm. I had both a black and a grey in the old model, I never felt that the black was any hotter than the other (again, under a helmet) so I bought black again (to match the helmet). The old ones have been worn and washed countless times and are still in great shape, the new ones are just to have extras and will hopefully have the same longevity.
I have used the new one a couple times while running on the treadmill in the basement, it does seem to keep my head cooler and also does a great job keeping sweat from rolling down into my eyes.
If you are looking for something to keep your head covered and don't want to wear a hat, this beanie is a good choice. Unless you have a large head, the S/M is probably the size to buy. There is no brim, so it won't keep the sun out of your eyes or off your face/neck, but it does protect what it covers.
I would recommend this product.
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