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I just need a good...t0adman
Aug 20, 2003 2:46 PM
well, I could finish that sentence with a lot of things, but right now it's just a headband. If you've read previous posts you know I'm a big guy, and I sweat a TON! I've tried a standard cotton bandana and it's useless. I need a headband that is comfortable under a helmet, wicks moisture effectively, and ideally keeps it out of my eyes and off my glasses. Suggestions? Thanks.
shave your armpits, maybe?rollo tommassi
Aug 20, 2003 3:36 PM's late in the day....
Yeah, off the glasses ...Humma Hah
Aug 20, 2003 3:48 PM
... I don't know the solution, but there have been rides when I could use one too.

One in particular, the Tour de Poway a couple of years ago. The humidity was somewhere pushing 100% when they started us up the 8% grade that climbs 1200 ft. I had to stop several times to clean the milky white sweat off my glasses, so I could see where I was going. Nasty stuff. Never seen it that color before or since. Possibly had sunscreen in it.
Yeah, off the glasses ...t0adman
Aug 20, 2003 4:08 PM
Sunscreen or hair gunk if you use any. I've had the same thing happen when I've used some sunscreens. I know that spammer posted something about halo headbands. Anyone tried them?
Halo headbandsbriburke
Aug 20, 2003 7:03 PM
I can vouch for the Halo headband. I have one, and it works well. The rubber strip does a good job of keeping the sweat from rolling down onto my glasses. It's thin, wickes and evaporates sweat, and is thin so it fits nicely. I got mine from

I have oneMisJG
Aug 20, 2003 4:24 PM
I think I bought at Performance years ago. I keep it in my saddlebag for those humid days where the sweat mkes it impossible to see. Anyway, it says "Cinelli" on it, very thin, fits under my helmet and works wonderfully. Sorry I don't have more info. I think it is a cotton/spandex mix under the elastic outer band.
I like Pearl IzumiKerry Irons
Aug 20, 2003 4:29 PM
Their head bands are made to wick rather than adsorb sweat. In super humid weather, nothing works, but for the rest of the time, it's better to have the sweat moved to the surface where it can evaporate. There are some products on the market with an actual channel to let the sweat run off behind your ears, though I've never used them. Some people like this concept, but it has never become popular, so you might have some doubts. YMMV.
Second the Pearl IzumiCritLover
Aug 20, 2003 6:37 PM
They're called Air-Oh. They are the best out there as far as I'm concerned. I don't know if they're still being made, but you could try doing a search for them.

Also, the S1 helmet from Specialized has a big vent on the forehead area and no pads in that area and I've found that it makes a huge difference on forehead sweat. I've gone from wearing a headband everyday to only on the super super humid days! Got one on ebay for half price.
Aug 20, 2003 4:47 PM
I've switched to "HeadSweats". There are two different kinds, a thinner one with a short pigtail in the back. It fits under a helmet better. The other type is tied in the back and looks more like something a Harley rider would wear. I have both, the thinner shorter version is more comfortable, the bigger one stops more sweat. I also have the Pearl Izumi Ultra-Sensor sweat bands, but they are no as effective as the HeadSweats.
Headsweats, here. nmMike P
Aug 21, 2003 3:13 AM
re: I just need a good...bousson
Aug 20, 2003 5:39 PM
Look into the Velowear band. I think they call it a KOOLBAND. I picked one up about 3 months ago and use it every ride. I was using some cotton thing that covered my whole head under the helmet, but this band works better for me. I was sweating way too much but this headband has wicking properties. I'm sure it's available in a lot of on line or LBS locations. It ties to ensure the right fit and you can wear it under the helmet rim or lower on the forehead.
Aug 20, 2003 5:42 PM
I'm happy with a standard Nike headband. It was cheap. My helmet's vents keep it pretty dry and I can change the fit of my helmet to accomodate the "bulk" of the band. Anything is better than sunscreen with a sweat chaser in the ol' eyeballs.
re: I just need a good...MVN
Aug 20, 2003 8:07 PM
For what it's worth, I use Headsweats and Pace bandanas (both coolmax) year round. I sweat profusely and these are the best thing I've tried. Also, I recently read here (a few days ago I think) that you can put Chapstick just above your eyebrows all the way across your forehead and the sweat that isn't caught by the Headsweat will run off the sides. Well, I tried it the last few rides and it works great. Here in La. the humidity is ridiculous. Tonight I went out for a quick 20 and when I got back I was soaked to the bone. I figure Chapstick is a cheaper solution than a Halo, although I'll probably get one of those pretty soon just to try it. Hope that helps.

re: I just need a good...JetSpeed
Aug 21, 2003 6:45 AM
If it helps NOTHING will stop the sweat from pouring into
your eyes! I am 5' 8" and 147lbs., but sweat like I'm 6' 3"
and 350lbs! Headsweats works well for a short time though-that's what I use now. I'm going to try the chapstick thing though? We'll see?????