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    What do you do to keep sweat out of your eyes?

    The other day I was riding in Mount Diablo. I started at macedo ranch/wallpoint and wanted to get to rock city without stopping. I had almost made it when I had to stop because my eyes were burning too much from sweat pouring into them lol. This isn't the first time it has happened and I doubt I'm the only person that has had this problem. So what do you do to prevent this? Also it is important to note that I don't want to cover my whole head. We all know our head is where most of the heat escapes so there's no reason to trap it all in there.

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    Didn't you see the Royal Tenenbaums?

    Buy one. They're cheap, they work, and if you're lame enough to not get a haircut (like me) they keep your hair in check!


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    A sweat band or dew rag might help for the first 20 min. on a hot ride. Then you have to wring them out every 5 minutes or so.

    You might want to Google this: Sweat Gutr Sweatband

    I haven't tried it, but I've read good reviews.

    Or you could wear a light baseball cap under your helmet. Although it'll make you hotter overall, the sweat will wick to the tip of the visor and drip from there. Not a good solution, but proves the potential.

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    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Skullcap.aspx

    edit: I missed the part where you said you didn't want to cover your whole head.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Headband.aspx

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    Hey thanks for the input. This one actually looks sorta cool (as cool as this type of thing can get........)

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Headbands.aspx

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    Under Armor Skull Cap

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    I use the Halo headband and it works well.

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    Admittedly sweatbands do need maintenance, but not to that extreme.

    Another solution is deprive yourself of fluid intake 2 days prior to riding..

    The HALO 2 was going to be my recommendation if you wanted to go the route of headbands.

    UC Cyclery in SD had a display set up for a while with a little irrigation system running down a dummy's head, but the band sucked up and redirected all the water, and the dummy's face was dry.

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    Ya for $13 the halo 2 looks like it's worth a try. I like that it would probably be hard to tell that someone was even wearing one with a helmet on. That's probably what I'm going to end up with. Thanks again.

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    Let us know how it works out for you!


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    +1 again on the Halo. I use the bandanna, and it works the whole thing is soaked and dripping of the back.

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    Take old t shirts you don't wear, but off the sleeves from the shoulder. Put on head.

    Viola. Cheap and effective.

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    I went to Sports Authority and picked up the Under Armour Skull Wrap works great.

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    I have eyebrows like Albert Einstein. The sweat rolls along the top and down the sides. The only problem is that the sweat runs in my ears and I can't hear anything.

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    I'm so damned mean the sweat runs up and jumps off the top of my head to get away rather than fall in my eyes... I honestly just don't even notice it even though I do sweat likea pig on a cookout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billee
    I have eyebrows like Albert Einstein. The sweat rolls along the top and down the sides. The only problem is that the sweat runs in my ears and I can't hear anything.
    Really? That's pretty cool!

    As I sweat more when I push myself, I notice my hair sucks up LOADS of sweat, and then when I pull off my helmet, it's like a big swamp cooler.

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    I'm yet another halo fan, it works great for me and is comfy under the helmet.

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    You need to grow some man eyebrows!


    but honestly I use my gloves thats why they have that nifty pad on the back.

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    I used to have the same problem, then I bought a $2 bandana from Target, now problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swmarc
    You need to grow some man eyebrows!


    but honestly I use my gloves thats why they have that nifty pad on the back.
    A lot of gloves don't have that nifty pad, including my Troy Lee Air XCs. My Pearl Izumi's have them though. The problem is that they only work for shorter rides, 1-2 hours. After that they're just so soaked they don't even make a difference. Or maybe I'm just a sweaty ape. I should probably look into that. I like 3-5 hours rides when I can get them in and I think the Halo II will really help for these types of rides.

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    just wear goggles, little hotter then glasses, but you don't ever have to worry about them coming off or stuff getting in your eyes, plus sweat just goes around.
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    I just use a bandana rolled up and tied around my head as a sweatband. I still get a little sweat into my eyes, but for some reason, it doesn't seem to bother me or irritate my eyes at all.

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    I've tried a coolmax dew rag, and terrycloth headbands. On a hot day, neither help for long enough to make a difference. And both felt like they actually made me hotter.

    This guy tried the Sweat Gutr and the Halo, and wrote about it here: http://www.nordicskiracer.com/cgi-bi...sp?NewsID=1774

    I think I'll try the Gutr next, as it doesn't include any unnecessary insulating material.

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    I shave my head and it doesn't take long for me to have the issue you are talking about. No hair to slow down the sweat! 90% of my riding is done in high humidity too.

    Headsweats dew rags are the only thing that work for me. They will work like a jersey does. Wicking away the sweat. My noggin actually feels cooler with one on than if I don't wear it. They also have a sweat band sewn into them. I actually wear mine down low enough to cover my eyebrows. There is less uncovered surface area to have sweat roll into my eyes. If I don't wear them I will have sweat running down my glasses lens within 5 miles.
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    I've used the Halo for a few years now and it has worked well for me. Having a thin(ing) head of hair, the sweat pours right into my eyes otherwise. It's rather effective and I've done plenty of miles out on/around Mt. Diablo with it.
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