Buff under helmet in summer – do you or don't you ?
Yes. Single layer, worn pirate style.
I wore one even when guiding in mid-summer 40 degree C heat in southern Spain – keeps the sun off me bonce (which helps prevent sunstroke) and stops sweat dripping down into my eyes. Stops manking up helmet pads too.
It is slightly hotter, but not noticeably so once you’re moving.
Mate got heat stroke doing this in southern Spain. Go figure.
I figure that the Buff was one possible small factor in your mate’s sunstroke.Posted 6 years agorobdeanhoveMember
I’ve cut a 3″ strip off the bottom of a buff and I use this as a lightweight sweat band in the summer, the top is open and my head then stays cool. Was very happy with that idea!
I’m left with a shorter buff which I can then use single layer rather than the double layer of a full buff folded back on itself.Posted 6 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
How do you know the buff caused the heat stroke problem ?
Fair point – he was the only one of us wearing a Buff and the only one to suffer in the heat. On subsequent days he stopped using it and didn’t have any more issues. So circumstantial, but not encouraging.
I’m guessing the theory is that the Buff gets soaked in sweat and the evaporation of the moisture cools you rather than having an insulating effect. I wonder how wearing a helmet on top impacts on that.Posted 6 years agoOCBMember
Nope – but I do always wear a cotton bandana under my helmet in summer to cover my bald spot – plus I can pull it over the tips of my ears too if I feel them catching the sun. Doesn’t seem to help me with climbing tho’ I’ve found. 😉
Autumn / Spring is buff weather, in Winter it’s often a plush winter cycling cap.
A couple o’ weeks back I bought some arm … err, ‘warmers’ for use in the sun, and they have been extraordinarily great, SPF50 protection from something you don’t know you’ve wearing.Posted 6 years ago
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