Wind noise has always been a problem for me. When headwind plus speed is greater than 23mph or so, I can't even hear a pickup truck off my back wheel. I've tried earplugs, earbuds, slipstreamz, cotton taped into ears, and headbands. Even on slower rides, I often can't hear my friends even at slower speeds.
Yesterday, I decided to see if any of the noise was coming from the helmet, so I rode a little ways without a helmet. Wow! What a difference! The wind noise almost completely disappeared.
I'm definitely not going to ride without a helmet, so I need a recommendation for a really quiet helmet. I'm not going to wear an aero helmet or a full face helmet... way too hot and too geeky. Currently, I'm riding in a Bell Alchera.
I'm also considering taping over some of the vents to see if that helps. Any suggestions? Any helmet recommendations?