What is everybody doing to keep cold air out?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jearnshaw, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    It just got into the thirties in NC. Up until now a bandana folded into a triangle was enough. I have a 30 mile commute early in the mornin', so my wife stitched me up a big 'ol triangle sandwich--one side cut from a windbreaker, the other from a flannel shirt, with a velcro patch at the back. Man is it nice! Not any bulkier than the bandana, but really warm. I usually wear it outside the jacket since my collar keeps my neck covered. That allows me a lot more freedom to rotate my head. I loves my country gal!
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  2. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Best neck gaitor I've ever used is the Halvarssons one. Unfortunately, you have to go through Europe but its the best. Thin. Warm. Waterproof. Comfortable.
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  3. jearnshaw

    jearnshaw Adventurer

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    thanks for all the info...

    What I am going to try Thursday morning is use my cheap fleece balaclava and turn it around backwards and kinda use it as a buff and I picked up a really cheap thin balaclava from River Road to wear under my helmet and I will see how that works.

    The BMG jacket does really well keeping the air off of my neck.
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  4. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    I wear one Buff as a helmet liner and another one around my neck and over my face when its cold out. BTW, it's pretty amazing just how well a Buff keeps your face warm, considering how thin it is!

    (It's also pretty amazing they can charge twenty bucks for a thin tube of fabric, but I guess I'm a pretty good argument for their pricing strategy: I have 5-6 of these things and use them all the time.)
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  5. Ayrshire Bull

    Ayrshire Bull why the hell not?

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    I use my double chin - it's always there when I need it - I never leave it behind - and much though I'd like to, I can't seem to lose the fucker.
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  6. BeachMoto

    BeachMoto Been here awhile

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    I use a Touratech balaclava (no, that isn't me in the picture, I am an ugly FF).

    It is thin and stretchy, I can pull it up or just leave it around my neck. The best thing about is that I got it for free :D

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    It even has a "pirate" setting :clap

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  7. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    That would appear to be your basic "Buff", but in the Touratech theme (not that there's anything wrong with that).
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  8. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    A windstopper fleece neck gaiter and the chin curtain for my helmet do a quite good job at killing the drafts. The gaiter goes over my jacket or vest collar, and the 'Stitch collar gets secured around that. Its all quite effective and cost $15.
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  9. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    I use the Schampa high neck dickie. I've used various neck gaiters and the famous buff, but none of them compare to this. Because it's a dickie and not just a neck gaiter, it does a far superior job of keeping the wind off of the neck. I usually wear it over my chin. This keeps me warm enough down until about 20 degrees F or so.

    Below 20 F or so, I add a very thin balaclava that can be worn under the helmet. I also use a breath box (I actually start using that when it gets below about 40 F) to both cut down on the cold air blowing in my eyes and to avoid fog/frost on the inside of the visor. With the dickie, the thin balacalava, and the breath box, I've ridden down into the single digits at highway speeds. I wouldn't say I did it comfortably... But it works!
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