I think my most common frustration last season had to be sweating on my head. I tried a number of different beanies, light caps, etc. in all conditions, but continued to have to pull my wet and sweaty beanie off and swap it for a freshie. Many times in cold windy situations, this was not ideal. So help me out and let me know your favorite melon cover to tour in.
Joined: Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:35 am Posts: 32 Location: Valdez, Alaska
In warmer weather (30F+) I just wear a ball cap, if anything. If it's a bit colder than that, I have a really light windproof beanie from REI that's perfect for high exertion activities when I want some wind protection but not too much warmth. Anything windproof and designed to be light enough to wear under a helmet should work. Mine fits under my snowmachine helmet perfectly, and even under a heavier beanie (like my MH Dome Perignon) for really nasty weather. It's probably my favorite hat ever.
If you've tried really light caps and they still wind up sweaty, maybe look at the rest of your layering system. Take off an upper body layer and see if that doesn't help cool your head down. I have issues with layering sometimes as well, because I'm fairly thin but burn really hot when I'm moving. I've been out at 25F in a thin tank top and a summer rain jacket with all the vents open and still sweating. Definitely no hat for that kind of situation.
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:09 pm Posts: 682 Location: white room
After many years of searching for the right headgear, I finally found it. Actually, I copied someones steaz that I saw at the Eastside splitfest a couple years back (mighta been Bender, not sure). Trucker cap over a cotton bandanna. On a long tour I might carry extras to swap out if they get too wet. Works well for keeping sun off neck and ears, and absorbs a lot of sweat that would otherwise run into eyes. But I'm convinced on some days nothing is gonna help.
Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:53 am Posts: 240 Location: Routt County Co.
^ Hey, I was going to suggest that. I use that method after wearing a doo rag under my bike helmet for years a light bulb appeared. Works well for us older heavy beer drinkers who sweat out the toxins on a daily basis.
i usually wear a baseball cap and then have 2 hoods in my layering system. one on the insulator layer, one on the waterproof layer. that and a beanie that sits in your jacket pocket and youve got several options of varying warmth and windproofness.
Joined: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:22 pm Posts: 675 Location: Durango, CO
My buddy wears this under his helmet biking. I'm sure it would work like a bandana, but it has an extra out of the eyes brim under. I wear a trucker hat if hot, a thin beanie if cold, and a helmet coming down. Works for me.
Joined: Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:27 pm Posts: 598 Location: Rainier Beach
Cotton bandanas all the way. Always got several kicking around in my pack, they are great for lots of stuff. On multi day tours I dry them out at night (throw em in the sleeping bag with me, they are warm and dry by morning).
Everything else I've tried, I'll just sweat through it, cuz I sweat a beastly amount. Even if I got another hat on to keep off the sun, snow or rain, I always got the bandana under there, soaking up the sweat. I've tried other headbands, and they are just not thick enough. By the time I pull the cotton one off to switch out for a freshie, I can literally wring them out.
This season was the first time I started wearing helmets for descents, and hated it at first but I think I'm finally used to it.
And I always got a beanie in my little emergency kit in my pack, along with extra gloves, spare binding parts, etc. Cuz ya never know.
Durr. Headband. Covers the important parts (ears) and lets the hair flap in the breeze.
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Seriously though, I've got a homemade sweatband that I often wear for the up. That, and check your layering. I run hot, so unless it's windy or frigid (below 10*F) I'm typically skinning in a short sleeve, vents fully open. In sunny spring weather I'll wear a trucker hat.