Not everyone needs or wants a balaclava. Pearl Izumi has long offered the same technologies throughout the accessory line, understanding the preferences and variables that riders require. For many riders in dry, cool conditions light insulating cap is perfect, and the Thermal Skull Cap is a great choice. The P.R.O. Thermal fabric with Minerale keeps riders warm and regulated, as well as fresh and clean due to the MInerale's odor absorptive and neutralizing properties The key to any functional winter cycling gear is the ability to provide and regulate heat as well as transfer moisture away from the body, and the P.R.O Thermal fabric is one of the best wicking insulators out there. The ergonomic fit gives the piece the chance to breathe and wick while riding. While this a 'one size' piece, the cut and stretch fit many head shapes and hair configurations. For those who need to use a ponytail, the Thermal Skull Cap does offer a rear slot for just that option.
Pearl keeps the design simple and low profile, but not so tight you will feel claustrophobic. This is actually an underrated aspect of winter cycling. Garments need to fit well, not add too much bulk, and complement each other. After all, you do need to wear your helmet over your hat and thick or bunching material just doesn't. Smooth, flat stitch seams keep the panels connected and comfortable. You want lightweight, effective technology, excellent feel and finish quality, and reasonable cost.