Sweat in the eyes... headband or?



Aztec

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I'm climbing more now, and enjoying the sting of that SPF30-soaked saline solution as it works its way into my eyes. I especially like it when the first descent accelerates the rate at which it travels down my forehead, blurring my vision at the most opportune of times.

I've tried a Headsweat, which works pretty well. But it's bulky enough so as to mess w/ my helmet's fit. It's a pain to loosen the strap every time I'm going to do a hilly ride (maybe 25% of the time), and then tighten it all back up for the next flatter ride.

Are the Halo headbands any thinner/less obtrusive under the helmet? Any other ideas besides riding with my eyes closed?
 

kenright

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Aztec said:
I'm climbing more now, and enjoying the sting of that SPF30-soaked saline solution as it works its way into my eyes. I especially like it when the first descent accelerates the rate at which it travels down my forehead, blurring my vision at the most opportune of times.

I've tried a Headsweat, which works pretty well. But it's bulky enough so as to mess w/ my helmet's fit. It's a pain to loosen the strap every time I'm going to do a hilly ride (maybe 25% of the time), and then tighten it all back up for the next flatter ride.

Are the Halo headbands any thinner/less obtrusive under the helmet? Any other ideas besides riding with my eyes closed?
I've been using a bandana, dew rag, whatever you want to call it. It works well for me. Covers the whole head and doesn't interfere with helmet fit. And I am down here in muggy Florida, and I perspire just standing outside.
 

dhk

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A Pace skullcap with ties and a rear flap is working well for me. It's made of a thin jersey-like material that wicks the sweat away. Much better than the headbands for me....I seem to completely saturate them in 15 minutes or so.

I use a SPF 50 on my face, but never put it on my forehead....nose and below the eyes only. Also, I use a helmet visor in the summer. Provides a lot of sun protection, plus lets you see in a warm rainshower when you have to take the glasses off due to fogging.
 

leebm

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Are the Halo headbands any thinner/less obtrusive under the helmet? Any other ideas besides riding with my eyes closed?

I don't know about the Halo headbands, but I'm quite found of the Pearl Izumi Aloft headband. I think they are now called the Tech Headband. One size fits all as it's slightly stretchy, but not overly tight. It breathes quite well and is thin.

I always wear one, so I don't run into the helmet strap adjustment situation.
 

BikeyGuy

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I've used sweat bands, which are better than nothing, but stops there.
Try one of there "DoWraps" All styles and colors. They seem to work the best that I have tried.
http://dowrap.com/
Safe cycling.
 

serenaslu

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I have been using Headsweats.
http://www.headsweats.com/
Looks like the same general design as the aformentioned DoWraps.

I have the Coolmax ones which seem to wick better than cotton bandanas.

They are a bit pricey but I occasionally see them on sale at Nashbar or Performance.

Smudged visionware is right up there with headwinds for being a bane of the cyclist!
 

davidbod

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serenaslu said:
I have been using Headsweats.
http://www.headsweats.com/
Looks like the same general design as the aformentioned DoWraps.

I have the Coolmax ones which seem to wick better than cotton bandanas.

They are a bit pricey but I occasionally see them on sale at Nashbar or Performance.

Smudged visionware is right up there with headwinds in the bain of cycling.

I use the headsweats too. They work very well. I have quite a few in 3 different weights, the lightest ones for most riding and then two progressively heavier weight ones for winter.
 

rmcclure

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Aztec said:
Are the Halo headbands any thinner/less obtrusive under the helmet? Any other ideas besides riding with my eyes closed?

I don't ride without my Halo headband. It is rather thin and doesn't impact the fit of my helmet.

I live in Florida and as a previous poster noted it is very humid.