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Old 10-19-11, 08:54 PM
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Head gear for rain and cold?

So, if it's raining, do you prefer a helmet cover or some sort of waterproof garment to wear under your helmet. Do you use something different for cold dry weather? I'm thinking of maybe getting a helmet cover for wet days since it will allow some air circulation around my head versus some type of balaclava or stocking cap garment. What do you folks do?
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Depends on how cold it is. If its in the 40s or so then I may put the cover on and just have my normal ear/head coverings. When it gets in the 30s and below then I have this eVent cap that I got at REI 2 years ago. It fleece lined, covers my ears and has a short bill like a cycling cap. It breathes fairly well but keeps me toasty and is thin enough to fit comfortably under my helmet. Ill try to find a pic. Its kind of like this but mine is 100% waterproof https://www.rei.com/product/819129/mo...-ball-cap-mens

I hated balaclavas, they make be feel claustrophobic. For my face I use a Buff that I also got at REI. Its just a sleeve of synthetic fabric that I can fold and slip over my neck and face when it gets cold enough. I can breathe through it and its not as restrictive feeling as most other cycling specific face covers.

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Never underestimate the good ole fashioned shower cap, it can go over or under the helmet and they are dirt cheap. Over the helmet still leave ventilation in back, under helmet when it's cold has worked for me in the wet.
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While I'm at it, anyone know of helmet covers large enough to fit a helmet with attached visor? I don't want to take my visor off as I actually get use out of it for deflecting glare from headlights of cars on some stretches of my commute when I'm out after dark. Also, it helps keep a bit of the rain out of my face.
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I use a thin poly pro cap under my helmet. It's not exactly waterproof, but it's very warm, compact, allows air flow to your head, and dries out quickly. It's actually designed for running, but it works well for cycling, too.
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I don't know about rain since I won't ride in it but for chilly mornings I use the Artic Yowtie. They're quite versatile and can be used as a balaclava/beanie/facemask etc.
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Originally Posted by kiltedcelt
While I'm at it, anyone know of helmet covers large enough to fit a helmet with attached visor? I don't want to take my visor off as I actually get use out of it for deflecting glare from headlights of cars on some stretches of my commute when I'm out after dark. Also, it helps keep a bit of the rain out of my face.
This is why I wear a regular cycling cap. It works way better than the visor on the helmets. Also has the plus of keeping your hair from getting super messed up and they often have a sweat band built into them.
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I bought one of these years ago, and leave it on my helmet all winter.
It is still in perfect condition.
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I don't have anything for wet, but my wife crocheted me a skullcap out of merino wool. Wicks well, keeps my ears and dome warm.
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When it's wet and cold I use a helmet cover. When it's dry and cold I wear a normal winter tuke. When it's really cold I use a balaclava.
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I've got a helmet without a visor for the helmet cover for really cold days. I'll usually try to time my commute to avoid heavy rain, and ear warmers or skull cap is OK for me in light rain or heavy mist.
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Originally Posted by Micheal Blue
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I had to look that one up. Oh you Canadians with your wacky slang.
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So, it sounds like it's just a good idea to have a couple different options. Helmet cover for rain, and under helmet garment for dry and cold. Obviously there are the options of under helmet garments that will both keep you dry and warm. I saw this one at REI https://www.rei.com/product/757108/go...ike-helmet-cap ,however I have to wonder if it's like other Gore-tex so-called breathable garments. And by "so-called-breathable" I mean it may allow some water vapor from sweat to get out of the jacket but for the most part is going to trap all of that humidity within the garment thus making you wet anyway, but from your own sweat versus water penetrating from outside.
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Originally Posted by kiltedcelt
So, it sounds like it's just a good idea to have a couple different options. Helmet cover for rain, and under helmet garment for dry and cold. Obviously there are the options of under helmet garments that will both keep you dry and warm. I saw this one at REI https://www.rei.com/product/757108/go...ike-helmet-cap ,however I have to wonder if it's like other Gore-tex so-called breathable garments. And by "so-called-breathable" I mean it may allow some water vapor from sweat to get out of the jacket but for the most part is going to trap all of that humidity within the garment thus making you wet anyway, but from your own sweat versus water penetrating from outside.
Most of us are going to get wet regardless. The point is to stay warm without being completely suffocated. The "breathable" fabrics allow for some outward movement of air and moisture while preventing external elements from passing through. Some are better than others. I much prefer my eVent rain jacket to my regular rubber jacket just because its not nearly as warm however I can still get away with a wool baselayer and just the jacket when it gets into freezing temps.

It probably depends on your commute style too. Im full spandex kind of person and need to cover 14 very hilly miles in 40-50 minutes and Im really working hard. Id imagine if someone is only going a few miles and not working too hard that they may have different expectations of how wet they want to get.

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For rain I wear a baseball hat under my helmet. Keeps the rain of my glasses, and the wet hat keeps my head from overheating.

For cold I have a thin cap that has ear covers, keeps ears warm without overheating my head.
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I have an interest in the walz wool cap with ear flaps, but have never seen one in person, so I can't bring myself to drop the coin on one. There's a fancy cycling boutique type place around here, maybe they'll have them and I can check one out. In the meantime, anyone have experience with these?

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I have a Sheila Moon cap like that. I regret purchasing it.
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Ewww, those sheila moon caps look kind of ugly. Can you fold the ear flap under the cap if you don't need it?
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You can fold them under. It looks fine but that's about all that's fine about it. Its not really worth wearing while riding as its too thin to be really warm. I'm not hipster enough to wear it around town off the bike so its use ended up being very limited for me. Theres no sweat band and the seam is huge leaving one of the biggest red marks right across my forehead. Id rather wear my smartwool beanie. That waltz cap looks cool though. I wouldn't mind finding a local distributor and checking them out. I really like wearing a cap with the small visor.
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Wool neck gaiter, like this one. Fold it in half, and treat it like a big headband. Or a hat with an open top so you don't overheat. I like it so much I have two ... although I got 'em before the price went up.

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I have a J&G helmet cover, but I use it for warmth, not dryness. It's like wearing a portable space heater on your head, which is great when it's cold but not so much when it's above 40 degrees. They have a breathable model they may do better.
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Wool neck gaiter, like this one. Fold it in half, and treat it like a big headband. Or a hat with an open top so you don't overheat. I like it so much I have two ... although I got 'em before the price went up.

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Thats what I use and REI called it a Buff. Dang, the prices did go up. I remember getting them for $19.

https://www.rei.com/product/789718/buff-wool-buff
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^ That one has an awful lot of cloth! Still not a bad deal. How do you like yours?
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Its not really that much. I fold it in half and I love it. Works great as an head/ear cover when its cool but not too cold. When its really cold and I break out the eVent hat the Buff moves down and covers my neck and face. Its just thin enough to allow me to breathe through it but keeps the cold and wet from stinging my skin.

This is how I use it on the cooler mornings to cover my ears. I might put the helmet cover on too depending on how hard its raining.


With the weatherproof hat on:


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When I lived in a location that had weather, I used a ski helmet in the winter time. Waterproof and warm.
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