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    Sweat Control

    I'm still looking for the best sweat in my eyes solution. I live in NW Florida but I guess that pretty much everyone has the heat now, we just have it longer.

    My current solution (sweat band under the helmet) works but has some drawbacks: I don't like the feel of about 4 ounces of saturated terrycloth, it feels hot, and it saturates these days every 20 minutes so I have to stop, take the helmet off and wring it out. Blows the ride pace.

    I tried a sweat gutter but it was worse for me. The felt band around the inside of the helmet became supersaturated and dumped it's load all at once, which somehow ended up in my eyes, blinding me.

    I bought a Halo skullcap over the net but don't have it yet. Hopefully that will be a help.

    Any other solutions?

    It isn't a problem to me until the temps and humidity get way up there but that's what Florida will be like until October.

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    I am using the GUTR band for the first time this spring/summer. It's been really hot down here in the South, and it has kept the sweat out of my eyes. I've always generated a lot of sweat on my head, and it would get into my eyes when climbing hills. Nothing worse than struggling up a tough hill with both hands on the hoods, and your eyes burning and not being able to see where you are going (very dangerous). So far, I haven't had that problem this year. There is nothing to absorb sweat on this band. It just diverts it to the sides.

    http://www.worldcycling.com/SWEAT-GU...nfo/SWEATGUTR/

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    Went to a car parts shop and found/bought the softest chamois cloth I could. Went home, cut it down and sewed it to a piece of 1inch wide elastic. Best headband ever for soaking up sweat - probably will not be carried by "Michael Kohrs" or any other fashion industry line --- but the damn thing works.

    Terrycloth just doesn't wick and hold sweat like the chamois does.
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    couple of things I have tried- a Bandana and a cycling cap. Both keep the sweat from running down the face but I find the cap more convenient.

    Both are Cotton material which is not the best for wicking but with the flow of air through the helmet- it does evaporate quickly.
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    I thought a cap would work better than it did. I need to find it again though, I took it out of the helmet when it got cold last year, and set it aside somewhere

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    A cap works well if you have no hair or very short hair - otherwise a sweat band is all I've found that works. drmweaver's chamois idea is interesting and might be worth a shot - my wife sews a bit, and I'll bet she could whip one up without much trouble. Do you use actual chamois (real leather), or the fake chamois cloth?

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    A cap works for me

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    Move to upstate NY.
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    I wear a Headsweats skullcap (coolmax) most of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerlenbach View Post
    Do you use actual chamois (real leather), or the fake chamois cloth?
    UM, my priority was "soft"... but come to think of it, I believe it's real do to its cost.
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    Cycling cap works most of the time for me. For really hot/sweaty conditions (like you've got), just a Coolmax headband that you tie to fit your head. Performance used to sell 3-packs of them, but I don't see them now. The trailing tail of the headband seems to direct the sweat down the back of your neck. Some people just sweat profusely, and not much works. I've not had any luck with SweatGutr type sweatbands and Headsweat skull caps are too small for my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomD77 View Post
    I tried a sweat gutter but it was worse for me. The felt band around the inside of the helmet became supersaturated and dumped it's load all at once, which somehow ended up in my eyes, blinding me.
    The front of the gutr should not be inside the helmet. Works well for me.
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    I've been using a bandana for several years. I double over the lower part. Works ok for me.
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    This keeps the sweat out of my eyes and the sun off the back of my neck...but I do look like I've joined the French Foreign Legion.

    BTW - Any skull cap with a tail is designed to wick moisture into the tail where it evaporates more quickly...whether the design works in practice is another matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    This keeps the sweat out of my eyes and the sun off the back of my neck...but I do look like I've joined the French Foreign Legion.

    BTW - Any skull cap with a tail is designed to wick moisture into the tail where it evaporates more quickly...whether the design works in practice is another matter.
    +1 the little tail makes a HUGE difference. ALso, if you ride really fast, the sweat goes around your eyes

    being almost hairless on top, I use headsweats whenever I get on the bike... sweat control, sun burn control...

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    Quote Originally Posted by buelito View Post
    +1 the little tail makes a HUGE difference. ALso, if you ride really fast, the sweat goes around your eyes

    being almost hairless on top, I use headsweats whenever I get on the bike... sweat control, sun burn control...

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    yep! It's bad enough to have the tan lines from the chin straps...don't need to have helmet stripes on my bald spot, too
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    [QUOTE=zoste;12740311
    BTW - Any skull cap with a tail is designed to wick moisture into the tail where it evaporates more quickly...whether the design works in practice is another matter.[/QUOTE]

    Probably work a lot better in Arizona than Florida. If the tail was big enough to evaporate the sweat from a 106 degree day and 75% humidity like we had today, it would be the size of a main sail on a British frigate circa 1820.

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    I use an ear band from my collection of ski gear...works well....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomD77 View Post
    Probably work a lot better in Arizona than Florida. If the tail was big enough to evaporate the sweat from a 106 degree day and 75% humidity like we had today, it would be the size of a main sail on a British frigate circa 1820.
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    Couple of things-Vaseline above the eyes will help to keep sweat out of the eyes. This is apparantly what Sean Kelly does.

    And the Foreign Legion cap with the tail down the back. Really usefull for those long rides where you have the sun at the back of the neck for extended periods. I use the bandana as a Scarf for that tender spot that normally would never see much sun until you hunch down over the bars for extended periods

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    I've used various things over the years but my current solution is just to regularly press the helmet against my forehead to squeeze the sweat out of the pad while leaning my head slightly forward and to the side to keep the sweat out of my eyes and off my glasses glasses while it squeezes out. Does the trick for me as long as I do it before it starts dripping out of the pad on its own.
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    I prefer doo-rag type bandana's, for both the sweat band and extra sun protection. Head sweats is one brand, but I have found that the cheaper shop branded ones from performance work just as well. I even put one on if i'm just working outside in the sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    yep! It's bad enough to have the tan lines from the chin straps...don't need to have helmet stripes on my bald spot, too
    And to have your wife tell you to take it off before you sit at the table.
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    Headsweats skull caps for me year round. It also keep the bees and other flying bugs/insects that sometimes get into my helmet from getting all tangled up in my hair.
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    Halo head band works well for me. I still sweat plenty, but not in my eyes.

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