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post #1 of 24
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So I find I need to wear a hat under my helmet mostly to at least protect my ears from the wind/cold (the little ear flaps do nothing in this regard.) The only thing is even though I have a very thin knit beanie I still find that it gets itchy and a little uncomfortable. Does anyone know of a hat well suited to skiing that it is pretty compact under a helmet and comfortable to wear for hours on end? (Bonus if it's made from a more breathable fabric). Would something like this fit the bill? http://www.amazon.com/Arcteryx-11031-131431-BLK-S-M-Phase-Beanie/dp/B008I338QO/ref=pd_sim_sg_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=17NW87P14XD57N8TDD25

post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by Nikoras View Post
 

So I find I need to wear a hat under my helmet mostly to at least protect my ears from the wind/cold (the little ear flaps do nothing in this regard.) The only thing is even though I have a very thin knit beanie I still find that it gets itchy and a little uncomfortable. Does anyone know of a hat well suited to skiing that it is pretty compact under a helmet and comfortable to wear for hours on end? (Bonus if it's made from a more breathable fabric). Would something like this fit the bill? http://www.amazon.com/Arcteryx-11031-131431-BLK-S-M-Phase-Beanie/dp/B008I338QO/ref=pd_sim_sg_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=17NW87P14XD57N8TDD25


The standard thing is a thin balaclava -- Turtlefur makes them, and also CTR.  I have the Turtle variety; it's fine. My son has a CTR, and it's excellent.  I plan to buy one myself.

post #3 of 24
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I actually have one of these http://www.turtlefur.com/Turtle-Fur-Shellaclava-Heavyweight-Balaclava/dp/B00E4A7UH8 and it's the warmest thing ever, never thought of wearing it without a hat over it though.

post #4 of 24

What kind of helmet do you have?  I have an older Smith Variant and the only time I need a thin balaclava is on really seriously cold days, like below +10F.  When I need it, I wear a thin Turtle Fur balaclava.  

post #5 of 24
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I have a smith vantage that runs a little large without a hat underneath it.

post #6 of 24
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I have a smith vantage that runs a little large without a hat underneath it.


Hm.  That sounds a little questionable, safety-wise, though I could be wrong.

post #7 of 24
I need a thin balaclava under my helmet to snug it up a tad. Seemed good when I got it, but have gotten used to the balaclava and now don't like not having it. Need a skull cap for warmer weather.
post #8 of 24
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Hm.  That sounds a little questionable, safety-wise, though I could be wrong.

It's not THAT big as to where it would compromise my safety but I need to crank down the adjustment system to the point where it just feels a little wierd.

post #9 of 24

I picked up an Icebreaker beanie a couple of springs ago on sale. Very thin Merino wool with flaps that cover the ears. It has become one of my favorite accessories. I'm sensitive to wool, and I have never found it to be itchy. I just did a quick search for it and didn't find it on the internet, but maybe a more concerted effort would succeed.

post #10 of 24
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What kind of helmet do you have?  I have an older Smith Variant and the only time I need a thin balaclava is on really seriously cold days, like below +10F.  When I need it, I wear a thin Turtle Fur balaclava.  

 

That would be a WARM day for us this year! (come to think of it, last year too) :eek

post #11 of 24
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That would be a WARM day for us this year! (come to think of it, last year too) :eek


Went out to start the car this morning..-9F and blowing 20mph.  Getting a bit tired of this!

post #12 of 24
I long for that.
post #13 of 24
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That would be a WARM day for us this year! (come to think of it, last year too) :eek

It was 70F here on Friday.  No wonder ptex1 and I stand around staring at one another or watching rafting videos on the interwebz.

post #14 of 24
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Hm.  That sounds a little questionable, safety-wise, though I could be wrong.
It's not THAT big as to where it would compromise my safety but I need to crank down the adjustment system to the point where it just feels a little wierd.
I've got the same model, and the band seems to be a slightly different shape when it's at its loosest vs. when it's snug. Mine is the perfect size--I can get it snug without anything underneath it, and for bitter windy weather it loosens to fit a heavy shelled-fleece cap.
post #15 of 24

That Arctery

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Originally Posted by Nikoras View Post
 

So I find I need to wear a hat under my helmet mostly to at least protect my ears from the wind/cold (the little ear flaps do nothing in this regard.) The only thing is even though I have a very thin knit beanie I still find that it gets itchy and a little uncomfortable. Does anyone know of a hat well suited to skiing that it is pretty compact under a helmet and comfortable to wear for hours on end? (Bonus if it's made from a more breathable fabric). Would something like this fit the bill? http://www.amazon.com/Arcteryx-11031-131431-BLK-S-M-Phase-Beanie/dp/B008I338QO/ref=pd_sim_sg_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=17NW87P14XD57N8TDD25

That looks like it would probably work but it's hard to tell from a picture--question is how thick it is. I wear a Bula helmet liner http://www.bulabula.com/product-category/adult/essentials/beanies/page/2/ that works very well under a helmet--I do have to tighten the band and the chin strap a little if I don't wear it. I use it because the usual ear flaps are too warm for me most days, and on days where I might want bare ears in the afternoon removing and replacing the ear flaps is a pain. It's very thin on top, the part that covers the ears is thicker but still pretty thin, and it just barely covers my ears. I think I have the shelter model--that has thicker material over the ears but I'm not positive.

post #16 of 24
@Nikoras, if your current beanie is wool, try synthetic. I love wool gloves and socks, but wool on any other part of my body is itchy and uncomfortable, no matter how processed, rare, or expensive it is.
post #17 of 24
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Ordered this http://www.backcountry.com/icebreaker-pocket-200-beanie Seems to be reviewed quite well and a hat thin and light enough to fit in my pocket if it warms up is appealing. I think it's mostly the bulk and lack of breath-ability that made me have issues with my old beanie, this should fix that.
post #18 of 24

Obviously you'll have to try a couple, but I have a Smartwool balaclava that is the bee's knees.  I don't always like wool on my skin...but this is nicer than any synthetic I've ever fell.

post #19 of 24

^ Yep, the Smartwool Balaclava is thin Merino Wool, and not at all itchy for me while quite warm and comfortable under both of my helmets. There is also a brand called Minus 33 that is almost identical and half the price, and I use that one too. After a bunch of days I machine wash and then air dry them and they seem to hold up to that.

post #20 of 24

I use running beanies from Saucony, Brooks or Pearl Izumi.  They are very thin and wicking.  

post #21 of 24
I have this Underarmor balaclava hood. Excellent product. Mine came in slate grey. I wear it specifically to keep my ears warm, but it also helps keep my helmet snug and has been nice when it's cold and windy as the lower jaw part is kind of hinged (overlapping fabric panels) so you can pull it up to cover your chin and or face.

https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens-coldgear-infrared-tactical-hood/pid1244401-290
post #22 of 24
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I long for that.


If I could ship some of it to you, I would!  :-)  20F I could live with..

post #23 of 24

This is the kind of headwear we've been wearing on the California slopes lately.

 

        

post #24 of 24

Smith Vantage

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