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ventilation in helmets(7 posts)

ventilation in helmetsjfd141
Jul 21, 2003 12:20 PM
Lately I've noticed that my head gets extremely hot on rides. Currently I have a Giro from the late 90's....it was top of the line when I bought it but now it is probably equivalent to a 30 dollar Giro. My question: Do the pnuemos and other higher end helmets really make a difference as far as cooling you off with ventilation or is it a gimmick (I'm sure ventilation makes a difference but even my older helmet has decent vents)? I'd like to believe that it makes a difference but I'd hate to shell out the cash to find that it doesn't matter. Also, does anyone have any opinions on the Bell Phi vs. Bell Alchera (they're both on sale at Performance). Thanks for any advice.

John
re: ventilation in helmetscaniaitalia
Jul 21, 2003 12:40 PM
hey personally i'd score a Phi, just stick with light colors. it's a cheap dependable helmet. never had a problem with mine.
re: ventilation in helmetsc722061
Jul 21, 2003 1:05 PM
Bell Phi works great with many vents. It cools my head well even in 100 degree days. One thing I do not like is the sweat pads do not channel sweat out of my face like that of Giro helmets.
big difference (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 21, 2003 1:01 PM
Instantly noticeJervis
Jul 21, 2003 2:14 PM
You will definetely notice a difference between your helmet and something with well placed vents. I have a Trek Superfly (a black one, no less) and I've never once had a problem with over heating or sweat in my face, and it's been well ridden both on road and off. Kinda hard to find though, haven't seen one save the one I got at my local shop. Sorry, can't tell you anything about Bells.

Jervis
re: ventilation in helmetsIan
Jul 21, 2003 2:27 PM
I became a big believer in vents around 97'. I had been riding for a couple of years, mostly MTB, but just starting to do some road riding and owned a Specialized Air-Lock (I think that was the name) helmet. It only had 5 vents. Really just 5 holes, they were not really meant to channel any air. Anyway, me a two friends went on an MTB trip to north GA. We were doing this long, fairly steep fire road climb. They were in better shape than me and after about one mile, started to slowly pull away. I was doing about 4 miles per hour, just chugging along, trying to keep them in sight. Looking up at the road and then down at my speed, I figured I might as well take my helmet off. This was big revelation for me, I had never watched a race to know that is what pros do and I had never ridden without my helmet before. So, I took it off and hung it from one of my bar ends. Within 30 seconds, I felt better and my speed started picking up. I shifted up a gear and continued to gain speed. And then another gear and more speed. Within two minutes I had jumped up two gears and my level of exertion did not seem to change. I slowly started to reel in my friends, and actually caught them at the very top of the climb. Over the last half of this climb, that meant I had been going faster than they had. I had never been able to do that before. I was sold on making sure my head was well ventilated from then on. As soon as we got back into town I went out and bought the Giro Helios, which was the top end helmet at the time. I still remember my first road ride in that helmet, I could actually feel the air moving over my head. It was a weird feeling on that ride, but I knew it meant the helmet was keeping me cool.

Ian
You'll be amazed!CritLover
Jul 21, 2003 7:45 PM
I too have "hot head" and have spend the last couple of years doing daily washings of my headbands. I have used the Limar F107 with Pearl Izumi super thin headbands.

A few months back I decided to try the Specialized S2 which has a big ol' vent in the forehead area. I waited until I saw it on Ebay for half price ($75) and from the very first ride I became a believer. There are no pads right in the front and this seems to stop the excess sweat from being soaked up and dripping in my eyes. Now, most of it seems to evaporate with the air in the front vent.

My headbands are now resting quietly in my drawer, only coming out if it is over 95 degrees. And most of the time, I'm not coming out on those days either. I couldn't say the helmet works for everyone, but it sure worked for me.