Flat cap and sun hats

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Govnor
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Flat cap and sun hats

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Seeing as helmets have there own section and sun burnt head an issue,
Wondered what those who wear a helmet do as they seem uncomfortable, sweaty and your head cooked through the slits.
Flat cap here or Mick Dundee hat in summer
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Govnor wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 3:52pm Seeing as helmets have there own section and sun burnt head an issue,
Wondered what those who wear a helmet do as they seem uncomfortable, sweaty and your head cooked through the slits.
Flat cap here or Mick Dundee hat in summer
A cotton casquette is traditional. Smaller peak than the ubiquitous baseball cap.
Here is a source.
https://www.prendas.co.uk/collections/w ... st-selling



I well understand the problem. My scalp is still peeling from an unwise walk in the first sunny day.
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I wear a buff under mine. It can also be used as a neck warmer and Covid mask.
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I wear a Buff Visor - sadly no longer made it seems.
No plastic hat.
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Cheers lads for the info, is there a cycling encyclopedia as all these terms all new to me and finding suitable clothing for larger people not to look daft in.
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rotavator wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 6:02pm I wear a buff under mine. It can also be used as a neck warmer and Covid mask.
Likewise (when I wear a helmet which is rarely these days;I go through phases).

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Always a cap.
I have three. One on, one in the wash, and one ready in the drawer.

Totally bald, so a cap is is a must.
Helmets, I don't agree with, but even if I did, they aren't comfortable in the slightest.
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Mike Sales wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 4:04pm

A cotton casquette is traditional. Smaller peak than the ubiquitous baseball cap.
Here is a source.
https://www.prendas.co.uk/collections/w ... st-selling
I have several of those, but they don't stay on my head. I think it is due to too much & slippery hair. I use a baseball cap, held in place by sticking my hair out the adjustment loop with a hair elastic on it.
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rotavator wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 6:02pm I wear a buff under mine. It can also be used as a neck warmer and Covid mask.
This. Covers ears and neck (a little like a beau jeste kepi) as well. I have a lightweight spf50 no-mosi one, but apart from the lovely colour, it probably doesn't function any different to a bog standard one tbh.
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When I lost a casquette on a ride across Northumberland a couple of years ago and had to buy a replacement as emergency protection at The Sill visitor centre. The only hat suitable was an overly-expensive Columbia lightweight cap with a baseball cap type brim. I hated it at the time, but it's turned out to be a fantastic cap. it wicks away the sweat and keeps the sun off my scalp and out of my eyes. It can't be worn under a helmet because of the button on top where the panels meet. My other favourite hat for riding is a Tilley Hat - a little too heavy for very warm weather, but perfect in cooler weather and protects neck, ears and eyes against Sun and rain.
I don't like the feel of a casquette under my helmet -I tried it last week- but I'll have a go with a Buff to see if that works for me.
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In hot weather I wear one of these under my helmet. It stops my head burning and it absorbs sweat ...... easily washed out after :D
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tofern-Moistur ... r=8-1&th=1
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Hi,
Mick F wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 4:17pm Always a cap.
I have three. One on, one in the wash, and one ready in the drawer.

Totally bald, so a cap is is a must.
Helmets, I don't agree with, but even if I did, they aren't comfortable in the slightest.
I disagree.
They for me are comfortable.
Unless you are stationary they do a good job of keeping rain off head and face IF you have a visor for the later.
If a visor too then flies are directed over the head.
Insulate in summer and in winter I rarely wear a buff / cap.
They are not all over on the skin of head so no sweaty clammy surface.
Vented and insulated by their construction.
I am not the only one who has said that a helmet keeps the head cooler.
Peak also is a visor for sun and headlamps from other vehicles / road users......including other cyclist / walkers etc.

Safety answers are of course a separate issue and thread :)
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I suspect helmet comfort is a very personal thing.
I have an odd shaped head with what I can only describe as a protrusion at the back, I've found helmets that I could live with, but not a comfortable one. Many people have 'lumps & bumps' on their heads that would make a helmet uncomfortable.
A second factor is tolerance for sweat and the amount an individual sweats through their head - I'd guess that the sweaty ones find the helmet pads difficult.

So to say, as a blanket statement, "helmets are comfortable / uncomfortable" is very wide of the mark.
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millimole wrote: 13 Jun 2021, 2:23pm So to say, as a blanket statement, "helmets are comfortable / uncomfortable" is very wide of the mark.
Probably true, though I only have experience with my own head I won't commit to throwing my weight behind any statement in what I'm realising is a highly volatile subject. My limited relationships with them have shown that modern helmets are more adaptable to weird head shapes than those from days long gone.

I agree with Govnor that a Crocodile Dundee Aussie-style hat is the greatest of head gear for almost any activity whether watching cricket, cycling, walking or sniping from a grassy knoll.
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Saying helmets make you cooler is... interesting, as there's an inch of insulation added and no matter what cooling slots are cut through it that'll be warmer than if it wasn't there, and if it's a hot day that'll reduce the effective sweat evaporation too. It might be better in the very short term by blocking direct sun, but you can do that with other hats and they won't prevent you losing heat so much a few minutes down the line.

I often find a helmet is a non-issue for comfort as I typically forget I'm wearing one if playing on the MTB. But they never make me physically more comfortable than some alternative, be that nothing, a cap, a bucket hat, a beanie or whatever according to whatever weather I want protection from (possibly excepting very large hailstones!)

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