The cycling cap is a very interesting piece of gear. It's hard to define a market for it, since it straddles the lines between fashion, utility, and novelty item without any clear indication of what it's supposed to be doing. Does it shield a cyclist's eyes from the sun? It's good at that without hindering vision of the road, but then so is a visor on the helmet that many legislative bodies now require. Does it shield you from the elements? To a degree, but then you have to worry about it fitting under your helmet. So who's it for?
This ambiguity in the size and shape of the cycling cap market makes it that much more impressive when a company goes all in and hedges their bets on people wanting to buy their caps.
Walz is a US manufacturer of cycling caps and only cycling caps. No, you aren't reading an article from the 50's, they really do manufacture in the US.
I have yet to try the classic-cotton style caps, but their construction is similar to the Technical caps albeit with a more casual material, so probably best for more casual riding since cotton is usually not so great at wicking moisture.
The fit on these winter caps I was less impressed with than Walz's summer caps. Firstly, the elastic band that keeps the cap on feels tight and digs into my head after an hour or so, and the ear-flaps (bound to the same elastic band) tend to ride up and thus not cover my entire ear and even let cold air up and underneath the cap in lower temperatures. One of the downsides of purchasing from a small company is that they only have two sizes available, so if your cap is uncomfortable your options are limited. That said, the cap is great for temperatures that hover around and just below freezing, and Walz for their part offers re-fittings, replacement or reimbursement for any caps that you aren't 100% satisfied with.
At $39.99, these caps too are a good buy for the price.
Custom and Colorful Caps
If none of these caps please you, you can design your own with relative ease - choose colors for each of three panels, the brim, even the stitching, and add a message or club-name with embroidery. If you're really serious, you can get completely custom silkscreened or team caps in bulk starting at 6-11 caps with a month or two of lead time. Custom caps for now are only available in the cotton-technical blend, but Walz seems to be ready to add more options in the near future. Prices start around $34.99, and only fall as you buy more caps.
Find out more about Walz and their caps here.