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91 degrees in April!...helmet ventilation question

Old 04-28-09, 01:22 PM
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91 degrees in April!...helmet ventilation question

I tried the search function, honest...it was unreal out there today, hit 91, average high for April 28th in the suburbs of Boston is 60. I'm using a Genesis Lazer which fits me well, but my head really overheats when the temps get past 80 degrees. I know its April and I'm not acclimated to the heat yet, but I had the same issues with this helmet last summer.

Any suggestions for another helmet that ventilates particularly well? I have access to Giro, Bell, Specialized, Limar and Las locally, would appreciate any recommendations before heading off to the local shops.

I know fit trumps all else...but any feedback from folks who live where it's hot and humid as to what works for them? Thanks...
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Originally Posted by fatdad View Post
I tried the search function, honest...it was unreal out there today, hit 91, average high for April 28th in the suburbs of Boston is 60. I'm using a Genesis Lazer which fits me well, but my head really overheats when the temps get past 80 degrees. I know its April and I'm not acclimated to the heat yet, but I had the same issues with this helmet last summer.

Any suggestions for another helmet that ventilates particularly well? I have access to Giro, Bell, Specialized, Limar and Las locally, would appreciate any recommendations before heading off to the local shops.

I know fit trumps all else...but any feedback from folks who live where it's hot and humid as to what works for them? Thanks...
Specialized S-Works. I went to my LBS today during lunch (for a different reason) and they had it on clearance. Because I nearly fried last weekend, I tried on the S-Works for kicks and could immediately tell it was much cooler (you can literally see your whole head through the helmet).

Going back tomorrow after work to pick out a color.
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I've used both the S-Works and the Bell Volt.

I like the S-Works better when it comes to ventilation.

The big strip of padding across the forehead, plus the forehead vent, totally keep sweat from dripping into my eyes.
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Old 04-28-09, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
Specialized S-Works. I went to my LBS today during lunch (for a different reason) and they had it on clearance. Because I nearly fried last weekend, I tried on the S-Works for kicks and could immediately tell it was much cooler (you can literally see your whole head through the helmet).

Going back tomorrow after work to pick out a color.
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I've used both the S-Works and the Bell Volt.

I like the S-Works better when it comes to ventilation.

The big strip of padding across the forehead, plus the forehead vent, totally keep sweat from dripping into my eyes.
Thanks for the response, do either of you know what the difference is (other than $110) between the S-works helmet and the Propero?
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I live in South Florida, so heat and humidity are the norm. The Bell Sweep R helmet works very well for me. Good ventilation and fit. I paid ~$120. I do not regret the upgrade.
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Not sure on a side-by-side comparision, my guess is S-Works is lighter with slightly more ventilation (see Specialized site). The Propero works for me and I've ridden on 100+ days with no issue. It's a great helmet.
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Giro Atmos, and one of these:


http://store.haloheadband.com/default.asp
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Giro Ionos. It's got so much open space for air, it comes with a liner for cold weather to block air.
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Originally Posted by fatdad View Post
I tried the search function, honest...it was unreal out there today, hit 91, average high for April 28th in the suburbs of Boston is 60. I'm using a Genesis Lazer which fits me well, but my head really overheats when the temps get past 80 degrees. I know its April and I'm not acclimated to the heat yet, but I had the same issues with this helmet last summer.

Any suggestions for another helmet that ventilates particularly well? I have access to Giro, Bell, Specialized, Limar and Las locally, would appreciate any recommendations before heading off to the local shops.

I know fit trumps all else...but any feedback from folks who live where it's hot and humid as to what works for them? Thanks...
That helmet looks pretty well ventilated to me. I hate to say it, but it may just be time to HTFU.

FWIW, +1 for the Bell Sweep R, and I wear a halo or similar every ride.
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Old 04-29-09, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by kwrides View Post
That helmet looks pretty well ventilated to me. I hate to say it, but it may just be time to HTFU.
FWIW, +1 for the Bell Sweep R, and I wear a halo or similar every ride.
I was waiting for someone to point out the obvious...

Thanks to all for the recommendations...
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Originally Posted by fatdad View Post
I was waiting for someone to point out the obvious...

Thanks to all for the recommendations...
No offense intended
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Originally Posted by fatdad View Post
Thanks for the response, do either of you know what the difference is (other than $110) between the S-works helmet and the Propero?
Lighter. I have both.
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Old 04-29-09, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by kwrides View Post
No offense intended
None taken...although I am a little hurt that Botto or Pcad didn't take a swipe at me...
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Originally Posted by Jay-W View Post
Lighter, more vents. I have both.
Since you have both, do you feel that the S-works is worth twice price?
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Since you have both, do you feel that the S-works is worth twice price?
No.

You might like the fit better though.
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No offense intended
I can HTFU with the best of them, but the migraines still hit when the temperature is high, the glare is intense, and I can't get rid of the heat fast enough.

Ouch!

I like the Catlike, but I thought that was unobtainable in the US?

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OK, so I went to my LBS during lunch to pick up the S-Works and went for a short ride in street clothes and back to the office. Initial impression is that it is super light (I can't even tell I have it on) and it cools way better than the $30 Bell Alchera I was using.

I still look like a dork but I feel this helmet will really help on the 90+ degree days coming up.

(if you are thinking of getting the S-Works, a lot of the '08 colors are on clearance).
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Originally Posted by fatdad View Post
I tried the search function, honest...it was unreal out there today, hit 91, average high for April 28th in the suburbs of Boston is 60. I'm using a Genesis Lazer which fits me well, but my head really overheats when the temps get past 80 degrees. I know its April and I'm not acclimated to the heat yet, but I had the same issues with this helmet last summer.

Any suggestions for another helmet that ventilates particularly well? I have access to Giro, Bell, Specialized, Limar and Las locally, would appreciate any recommendations before heading off to the local shops.

I know fit trumps all else...but any feedback from folks who live where it's hot and humid as to what works for them? Thanks...
When I rode from Kenmore Square to Norwood before 7:00 AM it was about 55 degrees; first time without a winter jacket this year.

I don't have much experience with various types of helmets, and I'm skeptical of how much you can improve ventilation, other than an old-time "hairnet" leather helmet. Nonetheless, IMO, when riding in hot weather, a sweatband is a must to prevent sweat dripping into the eyes. My worst cycling accident occured trying to wipe it out, and then wiping out onto gravel off the road.
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I've ridden with many varieties of Bell, Giro, Specialized and others and the only the one that is noticeably better than all the others at keeping me well ventilated and the sweat out of my eyes in mid-summer is the Giro Atmos (I assume the Ionos is at least as good and will be my next helmet). From a cooling perspective, wearing the Atmos is also better than wearing no helmet as far as I am concerned.
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Thanks to all...the Specialized S-works, the Giro Ionos & Atmos, and the Bell Volt & Sweep are on my short list. Some of the other recommendations are not available in the U.S. unfortunately. Today it barely hit 60 degrees...my head was cold...I'll shut up now...
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Originally Posted by fatdad View Post
Thanks to all...the Specialized S-works, the Giro Ionos & Atmos, and the Bell Volt & Sweep are on my short list. Some of the other recommendations are not available in the U.S. unfortunately. Today it barely hit 60 degrees...my head was cold...I'll shut up now...
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This has been such a weird spring. Two weeks ago it was cold enough that I had to wear a base layer and arm warmers in our Tuesday night Worlds. This past weekend I went up to Georgia and it was 10F warmer than here in Florida. I overheated in a crit because I'm not heat acclimated yet.

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Giro Atmos, you can find'em for $139.00(US) best BANG for the buck in head gear!

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>Giro Ionos. It's got so much open space for air, it comes with a liner for cold weather to block air.<

+1

I also have a Bell Sweep R - also well vented, cheaper than my Ionos.
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Another +1 for the S-Works. I also find it very comfortable - it's light and fits my head well. The ventillation is a real plus in hot weather.
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