Aug. 8, 2012, 11:46 AM
Helmet cooling tips- what's yours?
Coolmedics helmet inserts? Stick the helmet in the freezer? Just survive??
Aug. 8, 2012, 11:49 AM
I tried using a Coolmedics helmet insert and it did nothing to cool me down. If anything, it added to the sweat load. Hope someone else has a more helpful answer.
Aug. 8, 2012, 12:22 PM
Don't wear a black one in the summer
“While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.” Mark Twain
Aug. 8, 2012, 12:36 PM
Coming from a natural hothead, who sweats even in the depths of winter:
Tipperary (both their schooling and newer velvet versions). The velvet version is actually lighter and cooler than my schooling helmet.
I also have one of those neoprene visors that velcros around the helmet. It is very light and shades your face.
The mesh GPA may be cooler, I haven't tried it, but the Tipp. is much less expensive.
Aug. 9, 2012, 04:05 PM
Tippeary Sportage. Dark grey. AMAZINGLY cooler than my old plastic helmet. This one will never fade. The plastic one was white, turned yellow.
Cool is a number one priority in the hot humid south.
Aug. 9, 2012, 09:46 PM
I have no tips on keeping a helmet cool, but swear by the Wicky stick-it helmet liners to at least keep the sweat out of my eyes!
Aug. 11, 2012, 06:37 PM
I am lucky I have a "Cookies Cool Cap" insert (they dont make them any more) that I just place in there and it keeps me very very cool. I also wear one of those neck scarves that I put in the freezer between rides.
Aug. 11, 2012, 09:19 PM
Cool medics .... It does help, but not completely.... You need air circulation for them to work, so it will only work if your helmet provides this... I do notice a difference if I use it though.
Originally Posted by katarine
Turn off the computer and go ride!
Aug. 11, 2012, 11:48 PM
I'm one of those too, so perhaps that's why the Cool Medics insert is not helpful for me.
Originally Posted by Vesper Sparrow
Aug. 12, 2012, 03:52 AM
I keep it REALLY simple - I dunk it in the water trough at my holds (at an endurance ride). Of course I only do this with my schooling helmet, NOT my velvety one, but it cools me down without adding any bulk.
I can also be seen sponging down my legs along with my horse's neck and shoulder. Maybe it's vaguely icky, but it works.
Aug. 13, 2012, 03:59 PM
Aug. 20, 2012, 11:44 PM
French braid your hair, it helps keep it off your neck and stays flat on the head. I too, have been known to run a hose thru it when the opportunity arises.
Icy cold packs are your friend...that from experience.
Sep. 23, 2012, 02:19 PM
Oh, if it's really THAT hot, I just stick an ice cube or two up there and reaffix the helmet. As I used to do under my cowboy hat at horse shows in Texas in the summer in the 60s and 70s. Or just douse my head with cold water from a hose.
But actually my Troxel is pretty well ventilated, yes, I sweat, but I guess it doesn't bother me, maybe a function of growing up in the Houston area!
Oct. 9, 2012, 03:58 PM
I have a Tipperary Sportage in the Chocolate color. I have a Kool Vest and the cap insert and feel it really helps.
I live in southeast Texas on the coast in the swamp!! It is HOT and STEAMY here. My riding buddies and I all agree they make a HUGE difference. I like that I can take it out, rewet it and stick it back on my head! A Chilly Pad around the neck helps a bunch too!
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