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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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I am riding my XC to the four corners in August (only time I had available). I want to wear a full face partially to keep the sun off my face. I have a shoei qwest but don't get enough air flow to keep my head cool. Shoei said the problem is the helmet is designed to be in the wind which will force air into the front vent and also create back pressure to pull air out the back vents. I am using a cee baily 17 shield so the air flow is cut down. Any recommendations on a full face that would give me good ventilation?

This will be my first long trip on a bike. Trying to get prepared
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Can't recommend and full face helmet for high heat but I can tell you what workedfor me in 115 heat this past weekend when I rode out to San Diego and back.

I found the GMAX half helmet with the drop down dark tinted visor and a Schampa face mast covering my neck as well did the trick. I had a poly balaclava with me that I tried for a while but it seemed to transfer the heat right to my skin. It protected me from the wind and sun but felt too hot to wear comfortably. I think it will work great for cold weather though. The face masks that have Velcro and fasten together behind the head/neck worked very well.

I also have a GMAX full modular helmet with lots of vents and same drop down tinted visor behind a clear full visor that might work but I save that one for cold and wet weather riding. Something we don't get much of where I live.
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How about a modular helmet?




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What brand of helmet is that?
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From the pictures, the Quest looks to be deigned for a tour bike. I can't comment further on it, other than they are correct. When things are ginning correctly it will create a venturie effect and move air.

Here is the kicker. Sounds like you are pushing a barn door down the road. It is hard to say since we can't see you. Hot weather takes some special considerations to keep you safe, fresh and even alive.
I suggest you read and take heart to this, http://www.ironbutt.com/ibmagazine/I..._62-66_Hot.pdf
Some if it may sound insane to you, but it works and is comfortable. You need to start testing it now, and figure out the small things that will make it work best for you. 115 degrees in the middle of the desert isn't the place to realize you made a poor equipment choice. Check out jackets to make sure you have good sleeve cuff openings, good gloves, good boots, and yes solid leather is better than the new "vented" stuff in extremes.

Enjoy the trip, stay away from alcohol, drink lots of water, and eat balanced meals. Take your time and if you feel anything your of the ordinary, stop. It any save you a day or two of road time and even your life.

Sorry for the book. Cheers
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Appears to be a Gmax

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What brand of helmet is that?
I don't know just found the picture online to show as a reference. But I think N8R is right.

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Hi and thanks for the link. I just read the article and that was a lot of great info. So the take away is reduce wind and wear wicking udergarments that I can load with water. I have a mesh jacket that has a windproof liner. I think that will work to protect my upper body from too much wind and allow me to keep my undershirt wet. I don't have any pants so I need to make a purchase. I don't want to buy leather so any recommendations? Did you also buy a helmet wicking liner? If so where?
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Hi and thanks for the link. I just read the article and that was a lot of great info. So the take away is reduce wind and wear wicking udergarments that I can load with water. I have a mesh jacket that has a windproof liner. I think that will work to protect my upper body from too much wind and allow me to keep my undershirt wet. I don't have any pants so I need to make a purchase. I don't want to buy leather so any recommendations? Did you also buy a helmet wicking liner? If so where?
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I just got home from the Yellowstone area and riding in 100 + temps. I read the Iron butt article and followed it pretty close except for the helmet skull cap. I have used them before and they do seem to work pretty good. I wore Olympia Moab Mesh jacket with Olympia mesh pants and Under Armour shorts with a wicking style tee shirt and a cooling vest over the shirt. Worked pretty good keeping me cool. I have a Shoei Neo Tech helmet. With the cooling vest keeping my core temp down, my head didn't sweat at all. In the west you need to recharge the cooling vest about every 1 1/2 hours. Cooling vests are a cheap investment for riding in hot weather.

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Did you have any problem with the amount of air hitting your lower body in mesh causing it to heat up as the article suggested?

Recommendation on a cooling vest brand and place to get one?
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