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Old 04-14-20, 08:15 PM
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Headbands and sweating


Now that the weather is warming up down here in southwest Georgia (it's high 70's to mid 80's most afternoons), combined with good ol' southern humidity, I'm sweating a lot inside my helmet.

Is a headband a good way to soak that up where it doesn't drip down in my face and glasses? Or is a cycling cap better?

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There are headbands made with a rubber bead to "direct" the sweat from your eyes (they're available on Amazon and elsewhere). They work okay, but I've also been using a soft sponge that I use to wipe my face too.
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I have been using a headsweats cycling cap for the past two years with good results on warm days.

Sometimes you just have to rinse your hair and face with water to wash off the sweaty salt that builds up.
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I use one of those skullcap helmet liner thingies. It works well for me, but I am on the West Coast. Much lower humidity!
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i've found a simple bandanna (bandana?) worn as a "skull cap" down to my mid forehead (about 1.5 inches above the eyebrows) works best for me in terms of soaking up/negating sweat.
if it's really hot, i'll water soak, squeeze out the excess water and retie as necessary-usually every 45 mins or so. that works wonders in terms of keeping the noggin cool.
cycling caps don't work for me above 75 or so degrees.
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I've been cycling with a cap/hat since I started riding. Does a good job of soaking up the sweat. Plus if a bee/bug flies in to the air vent of my helmet I don't panic...as much.
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I use Halo skull caps. They have a channeling anti-microbial rubber bead that channels the sweat away. The cap part is light, breathes well and also absorbs sweat . They are pretty effective even in 95F + temps. Amazon has them.

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I cut the top off a cycling cap and wear it backwards. The sweat collects on the brim and drips down neck rather than into my eyes.
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Years ago, I picked up several head bands with the team ONCE logo on them, and I've been using those during the wam months, ever since. They're comfortable, and they do a great job keeping the sweat out of my eyes.
But, they're getting a little long in the tooth, and I'm also considering alternatives (that are hopefully, economical).
I also own several classic-style cycling caps (also from now-defunct Euro teams), but i don't think I'd like something on the top of my head that may block the cooling wind coming through the helmet vents (but I'm reluctant to trash my vintage team caps by cutting the top off as caloso ^ did, LOL!).
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GUTR sweatband, the rubbery plastic gutter channels your sweat away from your forehead and eyes. Fabric headbands get saturated and eventually just dump it all in my face,
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I use a Halo Protex sweat caps. And since I come from a long, proud lineage of chrome domed males, the sweat cap also doubles up as sun protection.
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I've tried several headbands/sweatbands and found the Halo II headband works the best for me. I still drip sweat but with the Halo II it goes down the sides of my face rather than down my glasses.
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Thanks for reminding me.

I'm a heavy perspirerer. I've tried lots of solutions including the gutter styler headbands but continued to suffer with stinging eyes. My best solution was to carry two bandanas with me and wear one while I let the other dry on my handlebar.

My ultimate solution was switching to recumbents. Now the sweat drips down behind my ears instead of into you eyes. I'd forgotten about that.
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I sweat a lot, very short hair. Thin cotton bandanna tied on my head as a helmet liner, absorbs sweat but evaporates it in moving air. Works the best for me, thick headband just soaks up some sweat then starts dripping.

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Got some old short-sleeve T-shirts in the drawer? Cut off the sleeves to whatever width you want. After your ride wash them off in the sink. Unless you have a big ol Jim Plunkett head they should fit fine.
Cheap & works for me!
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Another vote for Halo products. I have two of their headbands and they do a better job of keep sweat out of my eyes than regular headbands or cycling caps. I have a lot of hair, so I don't use the cycling cap in the summer, but if you have thinning hair or are bald, I recommend a summer skull cap to protect the top of the head.
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Halo headbands work as long as you keep the helmet a centimeter or so above the rubber part. Lower than that, and the helmet will squeeze the sweat out of the headband, overwhelming the rubber, and sweat drips in your eyes.

Sweat Gut'r is great, too, if you get it situated just so. If it rolls up or down on your forehead, sweat gusher!

Before trying those, and after finding their limitations, I use a bandanna rolled up and tied behind my head. On hot days, or long climbs, I end up stopping every 45-60 minutes to wring the sweat out -- or hang that bandanna on a rack so it'll dry while I put a dry one on. FWIW, you can squeeze the Halos dry if they start dripping, too.

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No hassle, and no wringing necessary; I do not go for long rides without one of these if the temps are over 70 degrees.


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Thanks for the suggestions, y'all. I just ordered a Halo II headband in the hopes that will help some. Man, the humidity down here in the south makes it tough in the summertime for riding! I have to stop, take off my helmet and squeeze out the sweat from the liner every 10 miles or so and that's getting old fast.

Hoping this makes a difference!

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Some helmets have sweat channels molded into the brows to direct sweat from running straight down the face. On really sweaty rides the sweat droplets can feel like rain spattering my face, but it's still less uncomfortable than my old helmet.

Check out the Bell Formula MIPS and similar Bells, and some POC helmets. My Omne Air Spin also has sweat channels and it works well. Much better than my older Bell, and better than my aero helmet that has only two sweat channels and poor ventilation.

I also wear bandannas most rides but they don't get quite as drenched and often are nearly dry when I get home, although there's obvious sweat marks where the perspiration accumulated and dried quickly from the helmet vents.
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Glad you found something to help in your problem.

For other who will eventually read this I use the Pearl Izumi skull caps under my helmet when riding outside. I also carry a small cotton face cloth and keep it in my back pocket to wipe up the excess. For inside trainer rides I use Headsweats Ultratech headbands and a hand towel.

The other thing I do is when I purchase a helmet I buy extra pads so that I always have three sets. This way I can throw one in the wash and replace with the clean one. I just rotate between the three. Nobody wants a funky smelling helmet.
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post

I have been using a headsweats cycling cap for the past two years with good results on warm days.

Sometimes you just have to rinse your hair and face with water to wash off the sweaty salt that builds up.
I like the look of these and will try these the next time I am ready to purchase one.

I'm in SE Florida, so it's pretty hot and humid here most of the time, unbearable in the summer. I put a skull cap on my bald head, and it prevents sunburn and burning sweat--filled eyes. It also helps to keep my helmet cleaner too as others have said. I may try one of those Halo products, but so far I have no need for that rubber strip in the front.
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I am just a little south of you in N. Florida. I have a headsweats bandana thing, which works ok. My preference is to use a bandana, and carry a spare if getting over 70. After 34-40 miles take it off, wring it out, and put on a fresh one. It is a very refreshing feeling.
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I bought a Halo Skull Cap that has a "tail" to use while cutting the lawn, so my neck (and ears) wouldn't be getting burnt. Also use it on the road bike, keeps my neck and ears covered. Handy on a bright sunny day! https://www.amazon.com/Halo-Headband...7139469&sr=8-1
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