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    Cold weather helmets

    Any recommendations on one of those ski or snowboard helmets for Sub zero riding? I have trouble fitting a hat and thermal mask under my helmet.

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    I haven't tried it yet, but I bought a Garneau Ghost. It feels pretty good on. It has a very soft chin strap and ear pads.

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    I use a Smith Pivot helmet with Smith Goggles, usually with a balaclava underneath and a modified Seirus face cover in front. Works great.

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    Fitting a hat beneath a helmet? What?

    If it's significantly below freezing, I use a balaclava (light stretchy one unless it's much colder) under my helmet, adjust as necessary for tremp by making bigger/smaller.

    Ski helmets work great for really cold riding.
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    You might also put a rain cover over a helmet.

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    Do the math.

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    And how about a helmet cap? I.e. this with Windstopper or any other brand (I am using one from UVEX, went down to -9C for couple of hours):
    Unisex UNIVERSAL WINDSTOPPER® Helmet Cap | GORE BIKE WEAR®

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    Some fancy snow sport helmets have closeable vents. I have put tape over the vents of my snowboard helmet when it was really blustery and cold.

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    Ok, I have tested the Garneau Ghost. Nice helmet! I have a round head, and their shape fits my head well.
    The ear muffs on it are really nice. Soft, toasty. But they do muffle sound. They are removable.
    The chin strap has a fuzzy piece on it. Helps keep my face a little warm, and it's soft and fuzzy!
    I had a Turtle Fur skull cap on. I was going to take it off (was getting kinda hot), but I only had about 10 more minutes to get to the trailhead.
    Temp was 8 degrees.

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    I use a Smith Aspect. Has operable top vents and removable ear muffs. $60-100 depending on size and color.

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    I have POC Trabec Race that's adjustable enough to allow for a light softshell cap with earflaps underneath if I open the adjustment all the way up, and so that's what I use for most of my winter riding.

    But depending on your terrain, riding speed, etc. in those conditions, it might be worth asking - do you really need a helmet?
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    I wear my normal helmet, Giro Montaro Mips. My preferred hat is a Smartwool dual layer hat that's super thin. I've been using this setup for a few years. Works great down to single digit temps while riding singletrack and working hard pedaling. Occasionally I will wear a balaclava type thing, but prefer just my hat.

    I prefer breathable layers everywhere. No hard outer shells or wind stoppers for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gumba View Post
    I use a Smith Aspect. Has operable top vents and removable ear muffs. $60-100 depending on size and color.
    I just got one, too. Nice helmet but haven't tried it in the cold yet.
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