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Old 10-06-10, 01:07 PM   #1
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Waterproof helmet straps.

So today I was cleaning all the funk from my helmet straps for like 1000th time and something had occurred to me. Are all the helmet straps made out of water absorbing material? If not, than where I can get those? It kind of seems a simple solution to helmet strap funk that I think we are all familiar with.
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All helmet straps I am aware of are Nylon webbing or similar synthetic webbing material. It is flexible and porous. As long as you sweat the straps will get sweated on and whether porous or not will get cruddy with salt from your sweat.

The strap material is chosen based on flexibility, softness for comfort against the skin and strength. The strength requirement is part of helmet test standards. Nylon/synthetic straps are used on all motor vehicle and bicycle helmet straps I am aware of.

You might try a waterproofing spray on the straps. I have no idea how effective it would be.
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you could saturate them in Plastidip? tool handle stuff

I used it for those nylon web toe straps, and as a recoat on the Cordura messenger bag that was useless when it rained.

or use one of those Nikwax products .. theres one for ropes, may have to take the straps out of the helmet first..
as they say heat from the dryer is part of the process.

many things break down styrofoam, so bear that in mind too..
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The strap material is chosen based on flexibility, softness for comfort against the skin and strength.
There has to be something to satisfy all those requirements and be waterproof. I guess we are not there yet.
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Next time you're in a big discount store, look for a can of stuff called KIWI CampDry - it comes in two varieties, you want the heavy-duty (non clothing) one. I keep a can in my bag for times when a Miami thunderstorm sneaks up and I don't want to arrive where I'm going completely soaked when I don't have rain gear with me. It does not last too long, you'd probably have to reapply every couple rides, but does indeed make the wet stuff bead right up and run off.
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