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Old 26 Dec 2007
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Hot Weather Helmets - does anyone know of any?

I'm suddenly faced with a whole load of new gear to buy, having decided to do the trip in a buggy, and included in the list is a helmet.

Now I should point out the buggy has a four point harness to hold me in place, and the roll cage is "in theory" strong enough to protect me in the event of a roll, so really the helmet is all about keeping my head safe from things fly in - like mud, grit, stones, flies, small children etc.

I'd even been looking at downhill mountainbike helmets like


this Giro carbon fibre jobbie, which I'm sure would do the job, but are there any real helmets out there which would offer some ventilation and lightweight.

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Your probably just better off with a balacalava like the rest of us.

You dont want a thermal helmet as your head will just sweat and be totally uncomfortable.

Helmets are pretty much built to have maximum ventilation which you can open and close.

You can get lots of thicknesses and viriaties of masks, balacalavas and scarfs etc which fit snuggly under your helmet .
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What I'm actually looking for is the exact opposite to a balaclava, I'd like the coolest (as in least hot) lightest helmet possible.

In theory it should be one homologated for road use as in certain countries you're not allowed to drive a buggy (heavy quadricycle) without one, even though they have a homologated four point harness and roll-cage (it's a relic of the old days), but in practise I'm confident enough in the structure and safety harness to realise that for a crash to be serious enough to need a helmet I'm more than likely to find my head being torn off anyway. That's not to say that I'm against homologated motorbike helmets in any way if they're light and cool.

So this is why I was looking at downhill mountain bike helmets, they look like motorbike helmets, no doubt provide reasonable head protection in the event of you falling off a mountain, and are lighter and less warm than the motorbike helmets I've seen, but they're more than enough to protect my head from sundry small flying objects.

But of course if there's a fully motorbike homologated version out there I just don't know about, I'd like to know about it before I shell out £100+ on Giro Remedy CF.
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Pithy

Riding in the heatwave of 2003 in Europe I just filled the helmet with water in the morning, then tipped the excess out and by the end of the day, it was more or less dry again - it's a variation on the "Pith helmet" principle.
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You will find the mountain biking helmet very cool to wear in comparison to a normal motorcycle helmet. They have no (or very little) soft padding in them and the vents scoop loads of air into them. I have a freind who rides technical cross country mountain bike trails in a full face helmet (indeed you see a lot of people doing it) and he doesn't complain about being over-hot. Clearly the exertion required to pedal up a massive hill on a push bike is greater than sitting in a buggy, so the bike helmet might be the answer. They are also MUCH lighter than a motorcycle helmet so less tiring to wear on the neck and shoulders, especially if you're being tossed around in there! Don't know about the whole legal issue though.

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Riding in the heatwave of 2003 in Europe I just filled the helmet with water in the morning, then tipped the excess out and by the end of the day, it was more or less dry again - it's a variation on the "Pith helmet" principle.
Dave, I'm not pithing in my helmet thank you (sorry couln't resist).

As for the legal issues, it's a whole grey area really, but in theory it should be a motorbike helmet if a helmet is needed at all (not even a car helmet - how ironic is that?) It's a case of one part of the legistlation not catching up with the other part.

Someone posted me a BMW helmet AirFlow Prenez un bol d'air - BMW moto which looks very cool (heat), although it doesn't really look that cool (sexy), if that makes sense. I wonder if they're the only one who make them?
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Alex,
I ride in the heat of Saudi Arabia my present helmet is a Suomy Drudi Performance racing design with five vents and my head still gets wet.
I have never had any helmet checked by the Police to see if it is legal or not.
The best bet is to get the best protection you can afford for a buggy. The problem in a buggy is your head thrashing around in a roll and making contact with the roll cage etc, I rolled a Honda Pilot in the desert without a helmet.
Yes, the roll cage was covered in padding but it still bl***y hurt.
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givi do some little half helmets for scooterists that have mesh panels to let in the air?
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Which ever type you go for, I think it would be an idea to get a white one - or spray it white to reflect heat.
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