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Old 10-20-08, 08:03 PM   #1
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ok im all warm all over in the morning riding to work sept for my face. i tried a big scarf but that makes my breath fog up the safety glasses i wear when i ride. and i cant find a balaclava that fits my small head. does any one out there have any ideas of something i can try that relatively cheap thanks
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Old 10-20-08, 10:30 PM   #2
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If your head is that little just use a tube sock for a balaclava
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Old 10-20-08, 10:55 PM   #4
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Have you tried an adjustable balaclava? I was given one and used it last winter. Worked great. It has a draw string so you can make the hole as tight or loose as you want.

Something like this.
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Fleece neck tube? The fleece doesn't get as wet and clammy from your breathe like cotton or wool. Mine was about $5!
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+1 to neck tube, it's a very versatile piece of gear.
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Look at the ski wear in a sporting goods store.

Rain X or the like on your glasses will help some with the foging.
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Cat Crap for glasses...

really....

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___83081
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ski shop. My kids have head and face covers for skiing in very cold conditions.
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Try this....

http://www.rei.com/product/646080

It's a childs size (since you said most are too big), but it comes in adult too. The size is adjustable with velcro in the back. The breathing holes should help with the fogging.
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candle wax on the glasses...just rub it (unlit) on lightly and buff it clear (used to be in Ophthalmology and would recommend it to all my ski patients)

+1 Army surplus store or web site
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Try this....

http://www.rei.com/product/646080

It's a childs size (since you said most are too big), but it comes in adult too. The size is adjustable with velcro in the back. The breathing holes should help with the fogging.

Oooh, yeah! I have one of these and they are crazy happy warm. You'll get a bunch of "what is that weirdo wearing?" stares, but you'll be warm and they'll be covered in ice in a moment.
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Grow a beard.
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I have a poly neck tube. I use it down around the neck if just a little chilly (like down to about 25*F), pull it up a little farther to cover my mouth/nose/ears if chillier (down to about 15*F) or pull it up over the top of my head and use it as sort of a balaclava if colder (down to about 5*F) then I pull out the balaclava.
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One thing that might work is a hard hat liner. There are some with removeable face guards and a variety of size adjustments. Plus the high fashion look is a bonus.
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...and use it as sort of a balaclava if colder (down to about 5*F) then I pull out the balaclava.

So, you don't need a balaclava until it drops below 5*F?

I salute your hard-coreness. That's some serious manhood.

I use a balaclava when it gets to 40*F!
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ok im all warm all over in the morning riding to work sept for my face. i tried a big scarf but that makes my breath fog up the safety glasses i wear when i ride. and i cant find a balaclava that fits my small head. does any one out there have any ideas of something i can try that relatively cheap thanks
i'm using Gore II face mask, it covers the ears, nose, and mouth

with opening for mouth and nose

it is much better than using a baklava, since it is more adjustable to your own face size

and it won't over heat you by trapping unnecessary heat under your helmet.

i'm always like boiling water, even when it rain, or snow, it steam away quickly because i'm always hot.

and as you know, steam tends to fogs up the glasses.

for the exact same reason i needed something that would not fogged up sun glasses / goggles
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I personally prefer buffs over any other type of ear, neck, head, face cover. Check out the Cyclone and Typhoon Buffs as balaclava alternatives: https://www.buffwear.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/1
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See, now this is what I love about the commuter section. We can talk about things that would get us laughed right out of roadie discussions. I listened to one of my favorite cycling podcasts recently and these guys are so pretentious that they won't recommend or wear a balaclava because it isn't "cool". Exactly.
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A what? "Balaclava"..?

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it is much better than using a baklava, since it is more adjustable to your own face size
Baklava tends to get sticky and is really tough to get out of my beard if I try and use it to keep my face warm. Phyllo dough doesn't have a real high insulation factor, either.
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See, now this is what I love about the commuter section. We can talk about things that would get us laughed right out of roadie discussions. I listened to one of my favorite cycling podcasts recently and these guys are so pretentious that they won't recommend or wear a balaclava because it isn't "cool". Exactly.

*snicker* I'm big on survival.

Reminds me of high school when most of us didn't wear a hat in the winter even though it felt like our ears were going to fall off. Once I hit 21 I decided I'd rather not get frostbite and bought a wooly toque. Haven't looked back since!

+1,000,000 for balaclava
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I've got a silk balaclava, and - for me - it's way too hot in anything except the coldest days (starting from -20C or so). The neck tube is an excellent choice when I'm not exactly sure how cold it's going to be. If I add a pair of ear flaps, I'm good for most cold days.

In the spirit of Roadie forums, maybe we all should just HTFU.

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