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Old 10-29-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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What is everybody doing to keep cold air out?

I just wanted to ask what is everybody doing to keep cold air out of your helmet?

I picked up a cheap fleece balaclava from Wal-Mart and yes it does work but from being so thick it is very uncomfortable under the helmet.

My bike does not have a windshield so I am getting blasted head on with the cold air...
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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I use one of these. Works pretty good.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:47 PM   #3
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I use a Buff. Google it.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by KingOfFleece View Post
I use a Buff. Google it.
buffs are one of the best things, I have quite a few of them. Havent tried the cyclone one yet but I think its somewhat designed for bikes. The wool one is the best all around cold weather head garmnet made in my opinion.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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I know what you mean with too much constriction. I returned mine and bought a stocking hat for $1. Cut the top off and stick it on my head upside down. I use that and a dirt cheap balaclava from rckymtnatv. They work great for hardly any money. I'm always looking for something better though.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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I use this:

Works great. Also makes helmet much quieter.


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Old 10-29-2012, 09:17 PM   #7
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I use a wind proof fleece neck gaiter from REI. Windproof on the front and breathable on the back. For super cold days my helmet has the ability to close off the chin and top vents. A buddy of mine simply puts tape across them.

Here's a link:

Nothface makes a similar product and I know Patagonia used to. Whether they still do I don't know.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:48 AM   #8
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I have an original buff and a merino wool buff and they both help in cool weather.

When it gets cold I wear a Goretex tube that I made and lined with very thin fleece. Aerostich makes a wind band that is somewhat similar to what I use, but mine is taller and doesn't have a velcro gap.

I have tried Schwampa's headwear but it seems to be made for people with no chin. I have used the 'Stich wind triangle, but it tapers off at back leaving my neck exposed

I make some of my own gear when what's available doesn't work for me. For me, in Maine, a windproof layer is required.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:07 AM   #9
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I use the Aerostich Wind Triangle to keep my neck warm and cold air from entering my helmet
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:38 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Hipster View Post
I use the Aerostich Wind Triangle to keep my neck warm and cold air from entering my helmet
This is what I use and I'm amazed at the difference it makes.

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Old 10-30-2012, 06:25 AM   #11
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I have a neoprene balaclava from alpinestars that works but is usually warmer than I want. day-in, day-out, I use an aerostich silk scarf.

I've used a turtlefur neck warmer in the past, it works but tends to be too bulky.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:30 AM   #12
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Silk aviator-style scarf from Aerostich.

It is warm and thin so it is not hard to close my collar over it, or stash it in my pocket when I don't need it.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:31 AM   #13
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I use a balaclava with a neck cover from NOJ co. Sort of a bandana made of a windstop material with fleece inside and a velcro fastener at the back of your neck. You can use it in freezing temps and your head and neck stay warm. But a little hard to turn your head for a final lane check. The lower portion tucks under your jacket flap. Toasty.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:45 AM   #14
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I've got a balavlava form Dainese that seems to be some for of neoprene . . . . only used for longer rides. . . .not much insulation (no biggie, the helmet is one big ice chest, after all), but it stops the wind entirely.

for commuting (15 miles or so), a silk scarf or cheap buff works well enough . . . . . .

oh, or a thin fleece pullover that forms a quasi turtleneck when zipped up all the way.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:39 AM   #15
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My son has a balavlava by Klim. It is thin across the top so it fits under the helmet. He uses it mostly for sking.
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