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    Helmet cover for cold weather fat biking

    Anyone tried an over the helmet cover instead of, or with, head cover for cold weather riding? Pros and cons?

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    i have used one of these:https://www.amazon.com/AYAMAYA-Refle...e+helmet+cover

    You still need to wear a beenie/hat, moisture will condense on the inside of it and you need to cut it up to install a light. By eliminating any ventilation it does help retain some heat but at the cost of a wet head. Mine sat in a box all last winter.

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    I wouldn't bother. I biked year round in Alaska for nine years and never used one. A thin, Smartwool beanie did the trick most days. My outerlayer, Marmot ROM soft-shell, had a hood that fit over my helmet to prevent wind infiltratation. Rarely needed it, but it was there for extreme conditions or for rest stops to preserve heat. We lose most body heat through our head, so during exertion it needs less insulation than other parts of the body. Often I would be sweating with just the beanie. Good reason for using wool.
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    Why buy some other random bit of Chinese made junk and give Amazon another chance to kill the world one order at a time, when you have the solution in your shop already?

    Been duct taping the front vents on my helmet for years. Stops that cold flow in front, lets the back ones keep working, problem solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Why buy some other random bit of Chinese made junk and give Amazon another chance to kill the world one order at a time, when you have the solution in your shop already?

    Been duct taping the front vents on my helmet for years. Stops that cold flow in front, lets the back ones keep working, problem solved.
    Great idea!
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    Lot of people use downhill ski/snowboard helmets. Many have adjustable vents. You don't even need a beanie when it's in the 20's but are also good to go when it's cold.
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    I use an LG cover
    https://garneau.com/ca_en/h2-cover-1083138

    and one or two thin merino wool beanies. usually one but two if at night and getting into the 20's F or lower. neck gaiter also
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    I just use clear Gorilla tape over the vents....works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Why buy some other random bit of Chinese made junk and give Amazon another chance to kill the world one order at a time, when you have the solution in your shop already?

    Been duct taping the front vents on my helmet for years. Stops that cold flow in front, lets the back ones keep working, problem solved.
    Genius! I’m going to try black electrical tape and see how that goes.
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    Glad to help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Why buy some other random bit of Chinese made junk and give Amazon another chance to kill the world one order at a time, when you have the solution in your shop already?

    Been duct taping the front vents on my helmet for years. Stops that cold flow in front, lets the back ones keep working, problem solved.
    That and let me put a shout-out for Buffs. They are incredibly versatile and good to temps like 20s. You can use as a beanie or more like a balaclava, or a neck-warmer. Small and easy to pack.
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    I use a lightweight hat under my helmet that has windblock built into the hat. If it is really cold (<0 F) then I will use a light hat/beanie under the windblock hat. Both hats wick moisture and block wind. Works great, no need to tape vents, etc.

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    I was considering 10 and below rides and windy rides, but the collective experience makes sense. My skull caps work. I like the vent taping ideas for extra windy rides. Even leaving the back ones open for sweat evap path.

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    I am another user of duct tape. The secret is to leave enough vent to get some airflow to remove the mist of sweat around your head otherwise it can freeze solid if you have a fast descent, but if you don't have a vent then your head gets sweat soaked anyway with the potential to ice up.

    Experimentation is worthwhile because there's not many helmets with the same vents.
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