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    My ears are cold

    What do folks wear to keep their ears warm when they wear a helmet?

    I tried some old balaclavas I had around, but they were too thick. Ear muffs don'f quite work.

    I vaguely remember seeing people wearing what looks like a very thin balaclava that will fit under a helmet - some kind of synthetic.

    Is that what folks use? What are they called?

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    Skull cap when the weather is cool to cold. I can pull my skull cap down to cover the upper part of my ears. Balaclava when it is cold to bone chilling.

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    http://www.rei.com/product/801119/sm...:referralID=NA

    OR
    http://www.hincapie.com/products/men...es/RAC-ZWUC09/


    Edit: I always liked the Smartwool cap pretty well but, man, the Hincapie is really excellent. At first you think it will surely be too hot... but it isn't so. Also has a little bill and sheds water.
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    I've got a couple pretty thin balaclavas but don't know the exact name...I think they're pretty easy to come by and they're very effective in temps well below freezing. One of them covers the full face and one leaves the face open.

    fwiw, I have that Smartwool headliner and do not like it.
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    This is what I wear. I'm sure there are other manufacturers and styles out there as well.

    http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Cyclin...cap-unisex.jsp

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
    I've got a couple pretty thin balaclavas but don't know the exact name...I think they're pretty easy to come by and they're very effective in temps well below freezing.

    fwiw, I have that Smartwool headliner and do not like it.
    Care to say why?

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    found this after a quick search, looks a lot like the one I have...

    http://www.pedalpushersonline.com/?CID=583
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    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    Care to say why?
    fits too loose to provide much warmth and I don't think they make more than one size.
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    Thanks, "skull cap" was the term I was looking for.

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    I purchased this one and love it...You can cover your nose and mouth as well...
    Cycle ninja?....maybe.

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    Ski Mask. Thin- synthetic- warm and waterproof.
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    Something like this works well for me:

    http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Cyclin...t-headband.jsp

    I don't resort to balaclavas unless it gets really cold.

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    I have a lightweight polypropylene balaclava. It's good down to about 10F, but way too hot at 25-30F. For 'cool but not cold' weather, I use some home-made ear covers, similar to Dog Earz(tm), or I use a polarfleece headband. For sub-zero I have a polarfleece balaclava.

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    I too have found my balaclava too warm unless the temps are colder than about 20F. From 20 to 45F I wear a headband that covers my ears. It makes my helmet sit a tad higher on my head, so I have to loosen my chin straps a bit, but it works pretty well. Above 45 I usually don't worry about ear protection.
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    Thin ear flaps. I've noticed I don't need much insulation, but just something to block the wind. I have a silk balaclava too, but it's way too warm, I haven't worn it in years. Occasionally I'll wear a merino wool buff as a band around my head and over the ears - usually if I forgot to bring the ear flaps.
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    This looks pretty cool, er, warm:

    http://store.haloheadband.com/ANTI_FREEZE_s/28.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikepwagner View Post
    What do folks wear to keep their ears warm when they wear a helmet?

    I tried some old balaclavas I had around, but they were too thick. Ear muffs don'f quite work.

    I vaguely remember seeing people wearing what looks like a very thin balaclava that will fit under a helmet - some kind of synthetic.

    Is that what folks use? What are they called?

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Mike, make your helmet strap a little looser, that will allow for the thickness of the balaclavas.
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    I've used thyis type of helmet ear covers for a few years, they work great. They mount to the straps of the helmet, so they are there until you take them off. The pair I bought were great for wind and cool temps, so I made a pair of heavy fleece material for colder weather, plus I made them larger to fit my ears better.

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    A bit a thin fleece and some velcro and you can make your own ear covers that attach to the helmet straps. Can't be that hard, nor expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khosch View Post
    This looks pretty cool, er, warm:

    http://store.haloheadband.com/ANTI_FREEZE_s/28.htm
    Have a slightly older version of this (not as wide on the forehead) and it works great. Warm ears are never a problem.

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    Nothing worse than when your ears start to sweat....

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    I have two headbands for cold ears, and a balaclava for when it gets really nasty. Both items work well under my helmet. The Balaclava can be pulled up, hiding most of my face if the wind
    gets that steel feel to it. This generally starts to happen in November.
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    an ear band from the ski stuff pile,,,helmet fits over it well...
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    I have a very thin light Pearl Izumi skullcap that covers my ears which does the job down to around freezing. Below that, thin balaclavas work for me. Baklavas are very good, too!
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    I just use a cheap ear band and wear it outside the helmet straps. I usually end up pulling it down half way to work.
    http://www.rei.com/product/820885/pu...-2010-closeout

    When it starts getting colder I add a neck gaiter and will tape over a few of the helmet vents.
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