Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Help! I sweat A LOT!
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07-24-11, 07:55 PM
I am almost out of the Clydesdale club---I have lost 32 pounds and am now down to 209---but I have a problems and I need some advice. I sweat a great deal, and on these hot, humid and draining days, the sweat pours into my eyes. I have to stop occasionally and wipe the sweat from under my helmet and from my eyes.
What do you folks use---plain old sweatbands, or other options---anything to help me out,please; Cleveland weather has been nasty hot this past week or two.
07-24-11, 07:59 PM
Any bike cap or head wrap will work.
07-24-11, 08:30 PM
I have headbands from Headsweats and Halo and they've gotta be the best investments for my bike yet. I thought about the cap style, but I think I'll stick with the bands until the fall when the weather cools down. I wear the bands fairly low on my forehead to maximize sweat catchability and I don't get even a drop of sweat on my face, even after 20+ miles in 100 degree heat..and I consider myself a moderate sweater.
07-24-11, 08:39 PM
+1 on the headsweats. I have a cap that I wear backwards under my helmet. not only does it absorb sweat the brim shades the back of my neck from the sun.
07-24-11, 09:01 PM
I sweat a lot, too. Lots of burning, sometimes I have to be careful because sweat and contacts don't mix at all. I wear a baseball cap, but I also mop my brow/eyes on the shoulder of my shirt when I need to. I don't usually wear tech fabrics, just a pain cotton tee. It's when you STOP sweating that you need to start looking out for other signs of dehydration/exhaustion. Congrats on the break you're giving your scale!
A buff https://www.buyabuff.com/
A Sweat GUTR http://www.sweatgutr.com/home.html
Are also a couple of options.
halo....wouldn't ride without it.
07-24-11, 10:47 PM
Been using a Halo recently... it works, mostly. When I get in the drops, though... sweat in the eyes.
I also use a regular old cotton bandana. It's a little on the hot side, but it works.
07-25-11, 03:52 PM
Well, I took your advice; I was out today and I had to stop several times due to the sweat---I stopped at a bike shop in Peninsula, Ohio and purchased a Halo---it did the job pretty well. I would give it an A-; it has a little "gutter inside of it that channels almost all of the sweat away from the eyes and the face. just a few crept in later on in the ride, but it did the job.
07-25-11, 06:07 PM
I picked up one of these under-helmet sweat bands from Performance last month when they had their big sale going on. Sure does help with dripping sweat onto my sunglasses. I don't have to use a bottle cage to carry a terrycloth towel anymore. Those Halo bands sound nice. Only thing is that I don't like how tight it is.
Headsweats Ultra Tech Headband (http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1103878_-1___)
07-25-11, 09:31 PM
I wear Sweatvacs. I pack 2. After the first is saturated (can be wrung out) I hang it on the left side of the handle bar and put on the 2nd. With luck by the time the 2nd is equally saturated the 1st one is dry and cool.
And for those in the Lone Star State there is a patriotic version! http://www.amazon.com/SweatVac-Skull-Cap-White-Texas/dp/B000G65U9Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311647364&sr=8-1
07-26-11, 08:34 AM
I have two headsweats.
I bought one, used it for a month, and was devastated when I couldn't find it, so I bought another. This, of course, is the best way to find something lost: replace it.
So now I have two, and won't part with either.
They do more than just keep sweat out of my eyes. The also help regulate my head temperature and help keep the sun off my neck. They could do a better job on the neck protection.
On really hot days, soaking one with cold water before putting it on my head feels really, really nice.
I prefer the headsweats that have elastic in the back instead of being tied. I broke a helmet once with a bandana because the knot was underneath one of the rear plastic stays and popped it. So... no more knots if I can help it.
[QUOTE=JohnA42;12981028]Been using a Halo recently... it works, mostly. When I get in the drops, though... sweat in the eyes.QUOTE]
^^^ This is pretty much the same for me. Without the Halo, once my helmet pads are soaked; which doesn't take long in the Tampa heat/humitidy; the sweat would get all over my glasses. With the Halo, it's much better but not perfect. I'm going to stick with this for a while but may try the Gutr system soon.
Halos are a good place to start, but I'll still have to stop occasionally and wring them out. Squeeze the gloves out, too, while I'm stopped. Have some water and go ride some more!
07-29-11, 11:53 AM
I've used Sweat Gutr for about a year and like it, but like the other solutions mentioned above, it's not perfect. I started with Coolmax skullcaps and that's fine for shorter rides, but it saturates pretty quickly and there's nothing to stop the overflow from dripping down into my eyes and all over my sunglasses. The Gutr does a much better job and doesn't saturate since it doesn't absorb the sweat, it redirects it to the sides. It's sensitve to placement, though, so if it's too high or not tight then it's not as effective. I'd say it's worth a try.
Having said that, I'm gonna get a Halo and try it. I like what I've read recently---it absorbs and redirects, and if it does both well then it should be at least as effective as the Gutr, and maybe more so.
I use the Halo with a tail. (http://store.haloheadband.com/SOLAR_s/37.htm) The long tail helps wick moisture, and it works pretty well in the dry Arizona climate. The tail works great keeping the sun off the back of my neck.
It does make me look like I've joined the French Foreign Legion, though.
I wear two at once. The area from my helmet to my eyebrows is completely covered. I probably shouldn't post here any more -- 5'-6' tall and down from 225 to 178 and still losing.
07-29-11, 02:23 PM
Bought a couple of cheap head bands at wallyworld. Keeps the sweat out of my eyes and just throw them in the wash with socks.
07-30-11, 02:34 AM
Well ... based on some comments in this thread, I picked up a Halo yesterday and tried it out today on a 56-mile ride. It was a wee bit warm. My Edge 500 showed temperatures well above 100, but I doubt those readings very much. Maybe it is measuring street temperature? Once I got home, the thermometer only showed 100. I used the Halo on the ride, and will probably not ever use it again. It worked well enough for about an hour, but then the sweat started dripping onto my glasses, and when I lowered my head, it dripped down on the computer/bike/etc. I stopped for a short break at about the two hour mark, and took the headband in my gloved hand and squeezed a bunch of water/sweat out. Wasn't more than a few miles when the sweat started again dripping. I'm sure it is better than nothing, but the Halo did not absorb the sweat like the terry cloth band that I mentioned in an earlier post. Oh well, worth a try anyway.
I have to use a Halo when things are the slightest bit warm - I've felt the stinging in the eyes of pouring sweat (and irritation from trying to wipe it away) on long rides, and I don't want to do so again :-)
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