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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