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Is there aNYTHING UNDER YOUR HELMET

Old 04-29-15, 08:49 AM
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Is there anything under your helmet??

guys and gals,

Being new to cycling, I have seen those sweatbands and sweat hats with mesh on top for putting under your helmet to help with sweat management.

Do you ride with anything under your helmet?

A hat, one of those sweat bands (SweatVac Headband), sweat cap (SweatVac Ventilator Cap), doo rag, etc?

Have any worked for you to keep sweat from running into your eyes or to just keep your head cool.


I am interested in using something in the late Spring and summer months.


Please post photos and/or links if you can if you recommend something.

thanks

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Old 04-29-15, 08:54 AM
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Always. I used to use a Halo headband, but now I'm partially bald so I use the Halo white hat to avoid sunburn on top. There are other similar products, but the Halo works well. Gotta have it.
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I took a couple of inexpensive cycling hats that had terry cloth type lining and carefully cut the bills off. So far that has worked the best for me.
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I've had a SweatVac cap for years. I use it on those days when it's 90 degrees and 100% humidity to keep sweat from pouring into my eyes. Doesn't heat my head up at all, I highly recommend it. I do like this Peal Izumi cap:

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My Air Attack helmet has padding above the brow that absorbs sweat and keeps it out of my eyes. My Aeon helmet's padding splits at the forehead and sweat drips down into my eyes. So when I wear my Aeon, I use a halo headband.
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I always wear a cycling cap under my helmet. Keeps my scalp from getting sunburned, channels sweat out of my eyes, occasionally protects my eyes (when riding into the sun or in the rain). And, of course, the girls flock to the guy in the hat sipping an espresso after a ride.

FWIW, I have lots of hats, including cotton, wicking liners, mesh ventilated, etc. My favorites are some cheap cotton campagnolo hats (think Breaking Away), but I did recently get a wicking WALZ cap that's pretty snazzy, too.


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Since I am sitting here at my computer, no! But riding I always wear a Pace skull cap. I have about half a dozen and wear a clean one every ride. Toss it in the wash with my riding clothes. Hand dry. They last years. Benefits? Clean helmet, hair feels cleaner, everything smells clean, almost no sweat in my eyes and in winter, my warm caps are worn over the skull cap and they too stay cleaner. I wash my helmet far less often. The pads last longer.

Discovering those caps was another step to a better cycling life. I can't imagine going back to stinky helmets.

The Pace caps won't work miracles if you are a big sweater. For me, it works very well until a climb is very hot/humid. A trick I learned and used in my racing days that helps the sweat in the eyes issue a lot (but is really a topic for the diet and nutrition forum) is to eat a low salt diet. Do that long enough (months) and your sweat will get less salty. Much less sting when it gets in your eyes. Also a huge help when racing in hot weather because you aren't sweating and having to replace sodium. Also your cycling clothes will be far less salty. Drawback? You will learn just how salty the American diet is because now you will taste it!

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Just for the record, I have hair. I'm Italian so that goes for most of me as well but there is plenty of it on my head.

I am also a proficient sweat producer. Is the cycling caps enough or is it better to have a under helmet item with a sweatband section.


I am not looking for the sun protection since the hair already does that. Only looking for sweat management.

thanks

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FWIW, Frank, for $20 or less ($10 or less if you shop around) you can buy a cap or liner and try it yourself. Might check out one of the BUFF clones - you can get them on Amazon for under $10, and they do double duty as helmet miner in summer/neck warmer in winter.
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I use a couple that work well.. the first is better in cooler weather though not bad in the heat in moisture management either:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00419MWD4/...7912I3XF&psc=1

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Amazon.com: Headsweats Shorty Beanie and Helmet Liner, Black, One Size: Sports & Outdoors
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I ride with this under my helmets at all times. It does two things; protects my head from the southern california sun, and also keeps sweat away from my eyes. I have about four of them.

Super Duty Shorty - Chili Peppers - Headsweats

And I like peppers!
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I use one of the halo head bands in the summer and it works as expected - no sweat in my eyes, ever.

Halo II Headband - REI.com
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I sweat a lot too, and as for other sport activity, I use terry head and wrist bands. The wrist band(s) is standard along with gloves and helmet; head band(s) is optional for warmer days. For longer rides on sunny days, between 10:00 and 16:00, I'll use these:

https://www.amazon.com/Ergodyne-Chill...TK3JJV2NSP49B6

I also carry a washcloth, usually folded, tucked over my waistband. I use that to dry off on stops, and can soak it to cool off. Carrying plenty of terrycloth allows me to focus on staying hydrated.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
Always. I used to use a Halo headband, but now I'm partially bald so I use the Halo white hat to avoid sunburn on top. There are other similar products, but the Halo works well. Gotta have it.
Likewise, I use the Halo "beanie" caps. I have two. Seems to manage sweat from scalp/brow well with the silicone strip built into the cap. In the past, I have used the chapstick style sunscreen. Run a good line over my brow and it kinda channels the sweat to the sides. I also used a Sweat Gut'r which seems to work well until you tilt your head around to look behind you and the wind evacuates the "gutter" into your eye.
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I'm bald and use a cap. Nothing more distracting than sweat in the eyes when you're hauling ass.
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Originally Posted by UnfilteredDregs View Post
I'm bald and use a cap. Nothing more distracting than sweat in the eyes when you're hauling ass.

Maybe that's why God made unibrows. to keep the sweat out of our eyes. It is a natural gutter system.
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I wear cycling caps as well.
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Cotton cycling caps have worked well for me so far, and I'm really good at sweating too. Keeping the hair cut short helps a lot too, but I'm personally really bad at this.
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The forest is thinning on my head, so I wear a cycling or skull cap, sometimes a wicking tech fabric doo rag, not so much for sweat control as to prevent sunburned or tan spots on my head that make me look like an extra from Alien Nation.

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Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post
The forest is thinning on my head, so I wear a cycling or skull cap, sometimes a wicking tech fabric doo rag, not so much for sweat control as to prevent sunburned or tan spots on my head that make me look like an extra from Alien Nation.

Ha! I was rocking that look last Summer.
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I always wear a cycling cap. Good against sun, sweat and bugs. I wear it backwards so it keeps the sun off the back of my neck. You can get them for under $10 at nashbar.
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I have a Halo headband. Another thing that works is to cut off the top of a cycling cap and wear it backwards. The sweat seems to pool in brim and by wearing it backwards it drips down my neck rather than into my eyes.
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I bought an item from my local bike shop called an gutter band it's a small band about 1/2" but it makes my head sweat run into this lil gutter like band that drops off sweat near my ears ,but!!! My eyebrows still drop sweat but I just put a paper towel folded in my jersey n pull it out n wipe them ocassionaly
But I do notice that the padding in my helmet will accumulate sweat ,which thus rolls over my band and will hit my Costa del Mars on the outside lenses , but I heard a cap is the way to go
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For sun protection.
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