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    Wet Bandana Under Helmet

    I live in Dallas. It's hot. Just started trail riding with helmet. Perhaps foolishly, my around town riding has never involved a helment.

    At any rate, I tied a do-rag on my head before the helmet to avoid pinching/rubbing and keep from gooping up the padding too much.

    At one point, after things got hot, I paused to drink, took helmet off and squirted bandana, put helmet back on and cruised. Was very refreshing.

    Anyone see any problems with doing this? And if you've never done it, its very nice.

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    The water may drip off the do-rag and into your eyes making it hard to see.

    But then again the sweat does that as well.

    Have fun riding.

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    Re: Wet Bandana Under Helmet

    How did you squirt? Only dilemma I see is now having a concoction of sweat, water, and sunscreen pouring into my eyes.

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    I'd probably put it around my neck instead to avoid the issues already mentioned.

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    Our son used something like this when we was doing A/C work in the Inland Empire.

    Tourna Liquicool Bandana

    I'm sure you can find similar ones all over the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    Our son used something like this when we was doing A/C work in the Inland Empire.

    Tourna Liquicool Bandana

    I'm sure you can find similar ones all over the place.

    John
    I use the same here in AZ. I also wear a skull cap/do-rag and wet it down sometimes.
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    I wear one under my helmet to keep the sweat out of my eyes but I start out with it dry. Have to at work to because of the 80-90% humidity we usually have... F-ing brutal for anyone that hasn't experienced 90% humidity at 90 degrees.

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    Done it that way, for many years. Works a charm.
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    It's popular here in Qld as well, mainly to soak up sweat and keep the glasses and eyes clear.

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    For around your neck....
    Buy a small package of diapers. Shake out the absorbent of three diapers into your bandana see it up corner to corner leaving room for expansion. Soak overnight.

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    I shave my head so I wear skull cap to keep a layer between me and the helmet. It also soaks up sweat and helps keep it out of my eyes and keeps me cooler. The only issue that when it reaches saturation point the sweat poors off my head when I look down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Trails View Post
    I shave my head so I wear skull cap to keep a layer between me and the helmet. It also soaks up sweat and helps keep it out of my eyes and keeps me cooler. The only issue that when it reaches saturation point the sweat poors off my head when I look down.

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    Yeah I shave my head too, although I hadn't gotten around to skullcaps yet and their fancy wicking fabrics. It's funny how, when there isn't any hair up there, all kinds of fluids from your scalp start running loose. Sweat, hair oil, etc. But a couple of layers of wet cotton sure did feel good.

    I was kind of curious if anyone thought this might be bad for helmet fit or the helmet itself. But on reflection, there wouldn't seem to be anything coming from a wet bandana that isn't coming from your head anyway so I guess it isn't an issue.

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