Outdoor Research Novo Watch Cap, where style and function collide.

The Outdoor Research Novo Watch Cap's thermodynamic fabric and durable nylon face feel soft and comfy while working their magic to keep you warm and dry. The Novo Watch Cap's thin and lightweight insulation allows functionality and style to live side by side. The looped polypropylene interior allows sweat to escape from your head while flat seam construction and a stretch fit make this cap an excellent helmet liner.

  • Keep your head warm without overheating in the cold with this versatile cap
  • Breathable liner wicks moisture quickly from the Nordic trails to the streets
  • Moisture-wicking fabric insulates without trapping heat on active days
  • Close fit allows for layering under hoods and helmets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

OK but

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's good material and function. But It can't put over the ear. Short just looking. Maybe it designed for under helmet. I will use this for winter running. Little disappointed. I bought L/XL.

warm yet lightweight

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was initially bummed that it was the so thin. After wearing it I found out that it provided enough warmth when running or biking during the winter. Now I am really excited for buying it. Would recommend if you are looking for that extra head protection while during winter activities this is the hat for you.

Great hat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great hat for athletic endeavors. I wear it under my ski helmet, bike helmet during the winter. It also works great for cool/cold runs or hiking in the mountains/ cross country skiing ect. I lost one that I had for about 2 years and had to order 2 more since the price was right.

Justin - thanks for the review! This hat is a staple for any kit - super wicking material and really thin for under helmet wear.


OR Rep

good for the chilly active outdoors

    Keeps you warm not hot while moving on a cold run or climb. Most beanies become to hot for aerobic activity after the first few miles. The ear tips stay tolerable under this thin cap. Fits under a helmet with out feeling bulky. If your are looking for something to keep you warm while you watch the snow pile up move on.

    Great hat, but doesn't cover my ears

      I'm new to running, and I was a bit skeptical about getting this because I didn't really want to look like I was wearing a swimcap, but I have to side with function over style. It keeps the top of my head warm, unlike my headband. A thicker hat would definitely be too hot--it's perfect in 20-30 degree weather, and it's a bit too warm when it's 40 degrees out. It'd definitely be uncomfortable below 10, and if it's really windy, snowy, etc., it won't help you.

      The one thing I DON'T like is that I really do have to wear it with a headband if it's cold at all--like layering for my head--because it doesn't cover my ears! Maybe it's too small, I don't know. But my ears get cold the most easily, so that's a problem.


        This cap is perfect for under a ski helmet..no bulk to compromise helmet fit...extra warmth!

        ....what a beanie...!!!

          I love my Outdoor Research cap..!! It is perfect for me when I do a trail run, or if I'm just sitting around the house. It has a very comfortable fit, and it wicks mosture away from my melon while still keping it warm. I just finished a 12 mile run on the Appalachian Trail in the snow, and it worked like a champ... two thumbs up..!!

          Great Beanie -- but watch the tag

            Great Beanie!! Covers my ears but I can also put it above comfortably. Rather technical fabric, so don't expect the softness of cotton.Biggest reason I'm only giving it four stars instead of five is the dumb tag on the back. It will tear your neck up. I worked on it twice, my wife once, and I think it's now something I can wear for more than 90 seconds. I think I have two other items of clothing where I've had to take the tags off, generally they don't bother me. This one was hard, jagged, and not easy to get off.

            Great Helmut Liner

              Very lightwieght. Perfect for under the helmut on cold windy days on the slopes. I picked up a large and it covers my ears.

              low profile super beenie

                This hat is great. It allows yer head to breath, preventing sweat, and keeps your melon warm. It is very thin, I like to run in mine because it is so light weight I hardly know it is there.

                Good product overall

                  It turned out to fit a little smaller than I thought it would, but then again I kinda have a big head. I really enjoy its tiny footprint and it has kept my head warm each time I have used it, down to 30F degrees so far.

                  Weird fit

                    This cap fit really weird. The S/M was adequate in circumference but too short to cover my ears; annoying to wear because I kept wanting to pull it down over my ears. I was disappointed that I had to return it.

                    Great cap for moderate to cold weather

                      As Anders said this cap is excellent for when the wind is down and you just need something covering your head. I've used it for bike riding in NYC from 10 degrees F to 40 degrees F to good effect. The footprint is impossibly small, small enough to be about iPhone size (easy to fit in jeans pocket) This makes it a sure bet for a day hiker who needs something small, exceptionally light weight, and decent protection in a pinch. It also makes a great layer 1 for snow shoeing with a second heavier cap on top. If you're looking for small and efficient this is it.

                      This order will be for a gift. What is...

                      This order will be for a gift. What is your return policy if it is the wrong size?

                      You can return it for a full refund. No time restrictions.

                      Solid product, small footprint, completes the duty.

                        This cap is excellent as a lightweight layer. It's warm enough to cover you in spring and fall, but as Anders said, it's probably not for the deep cold. It's acceptable at reducing the wind, but it doesn't stop it entirely. I'd say anything colder than 20 degrees F and you'd be uncomfortable, so bring another layer to top this one. This is very thin, so is exceptionally light and small in footprint folding to just under the size of an iPhone. The weight is negligible as well. Because it is so thin it bears an uncanny resemblance to a swim cap, so it may not be for those looking to make a fashion statement.

                        great cap

                          I love this one, so light and thin, its perfect for when a woolen cap is too much, but you need something on your head. very good against wind and water, while breathing wery well. I have used this in sleet and hail both in the inland and on the coast of northern norway( 66 degrees north), and in clear cold weather in the mountains of southern norway at around 2000 meters, and its great both places. bring a woolen cap to put over in severe cold.


                            It was very small / short. I ordered a small and it didn't cover my ears at all (I have a pretty small head - generally an xs in helmet sizing). I'm not sure if a larger size would have been better - i returned it for something else. The fabric was nice though - typical OR fabric.

                            I generally wear a medium but I went with a large. It covers all of my ears except for the bottom of my lobes, and still has a great fit (not to tight..not to loose) on my head thanks to the amazing faberic that OR uses.