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Old 03-13-09, 02:55 PM   #1
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Windproof hat- why is it so hard to find?

I've tried a few- including the Craft "Windstopper" and none of them really stop the wind. I might be unrealistic to want both moisture-wicking, breathability and windproof all in one garment.

There was some $20 balaclava I bought from Performance Bicycle that is two thin microfleece layers and it has been amazing as far as protecting me from the wind and the cold. I live in Chicago, and it's all I have needed, even down in the single digits.

Any thoughts/advice? I basically want a hat I'll be wearing when it's windy and cold (between 25 and 55) in Chicago.
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Old 03-13-09, 07:17 PM   #2
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Try a helmet cover.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1236993474859
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Old 03-13-09, 10:58 PM   #3
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I use an Outdoor Research Sonic clava. $30 MSRP. It's Gore Windstopper with a microfleece lining.

Only gets chilly with long rides and sweat accumulation, which goes thru membrane, and evaporates, thus cooling. (Would probably stay warmer with taped vents, but I don't do this.) For short rides, it is windproof and quite warm.

An excellent windproof headwarmer for extreme cold is a surfing or scuba hood. However, it provides no face protection, so you need a neoprene ski/snowboard face mask separate. And your hair will be sopping wet. But your noggin will be toasty.
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Gore Next2Skin Windstopper beanies. I've found some by Mountain Hardwear that work real well.
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I've tried a few- including the Craft "Windstopper" and none of them really stop the wind. I might be unrealistic to want both moisture-wicking, breathability and windproof all in one garment.

There was some $20 balaclava I bought from Performance Bicycle that is two thin microfleece layers and it has been amazing as far as protecting me from the wind and the cold. I live in Chicago, and it's all I have needed, even down in the single digits.

Any thoughts/advice? I basically want a hat I'll be wearing when it's windy and cold (between 25 and 55) in Chicago.
You need to combine a thin breathable and insulating skull cap with a helmet cover. The helmet cover is windproof and keeps a lot of the heat your head generates inside the helmet. You don't want a windproof hat right next to your skin because it won't breath enough to let moisture escape. So, I would do as Machka suggest and get a helmet cover. They are only 10-20 bucks.

Combined with a cycling balaclava under the helmet it is a really warm combination. If you use this combination you will get warmth and breathability and adequate wind stopping.
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...breathability and windproof...
Yeah those two sound a little contradictory to me. I don't even believe in waterproof and breathable which is more realistic.

A helmet cover (thank you Machka) coupled with some kinda toque oughtta do it. Personally, i just wear a thin, 100% acrylic toque under my helmet (no cover) and it's served me well all the way down to -28C (-18F). Admittedly it's not typically very windy here.
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SealSkin makes a great beanie that is wind and waterproof.
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Louis Garneau Ear Cover

http://triathlonlab.com/product/LG-covers.html

I used these and they were TOO good. I stopped weraing them, because when I biked with my club I could
not hear anyone talking.

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The ushanka with the flaps down should keep the wind out. Mine is a genuine Soviet-era one in Air Force blue.
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I run so hot that all I need is a cycling hat under my helmet in the cold. The bigger deal is core, ears, hands and knees for me.
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I've tried a few- including the Craft "Windstopper" and none of them really stop the wind. I might be unrealistic to want both moisture-wicking, breathability and windproof all in one garment.

There was some $20 balaclava I bought from Performance Bicycle that is two thin microfleece layers and it has been amazing as far as protecting me from the wind and the cold. I live in Chicago, and it's all I have needed, even down in the single digits.

Any thoughts/advice? I basically want a hat I'll be wearing when it's windy and cold (between 25 and 55) in Chicago.
Try this: http://www.ibexwear.com/shop/Product...52&Gender=Mens

I find tightly woven wool blocks the wind and breathes nicely..........O own both the skimmer and the Meru and the skimmer is slightly less insulating. I wear some type of head protection (I am bald) all year round...........depending on the conditions determines what I wear but for 10months out of the year it is wool...........I do live in Northern Maine.............
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This is what I use here in PA.

http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/s...tegoryId=10902
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