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    What I am currently using is a regular bicycle helmet with a balaclava and a skull cap. Works well but only maybe down to mid to low 30sF
    Here is the skull cap:

    I own a Shoei Hornet helmet which can be seen here:

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    I won't be using it biking because it will impact my breathing and hearing but it is a good but expensive alternative to a bicycle helmet.

    Instead, for colder weather, I just picked up a Smith Aspect helmet:

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    It is very warm and covers the ears but not enough to really impact hearing. I just got it so I haven't tested it riding but it fits extremely well. The lining feels warm.

    I also picked up a cheap pair of goggles with clear lenses. I went too cheap but it is actually very difficult to get cold weather goggles that doesn't have some sort of tint that limits visibility, which would impact night riding.

    Cool (ok, warm) idea. I'm still at the balaclava phase, with a fleece headband. I notice that these are great for reducing wind noise in my ears. I can actually hear a lot better with them on, anything over 15 mph or so.

    I've been thinking about a winter helmet, too. But I want one with a clear shield. I don't want full face since it looks too 'motorcycly' but a face shield would be nice. I wear glasses and they tend to fog up in goggles.

    I've considered a heated visor. Like this. But doesn't look at all easy to mount to a bike helmet.

    Heated/ventilated goggles that won't fog would be great, but don't seem to exist.
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      Just had my first ride with the Smith Aspect. It is mostly comfortable and warm. However, since my seating position is crouched due to flat handle bars and MTB, the back of the helmet slightly hits my neck. For snowboarders, this isn't an issue because they are always looking downhill, but you are always looking "up" when cycling.

      So, pay attention to how the back of a helmet is designed with regards to your seating position.

      I do plan on raising my handle bars about an 1-2 inches and this will solve this issue for me.

      It is the hard plastic adjuster in the back of the helmet that is the issue. I could remove it because I don't need any adjustment.

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        Snow boarding helmets. Balaclava, and goggles.


          My favorite thin balaclava was a firefighter's, it has a full coverage flap in the front and the back. Hit up a firefighter for a used one. My favorite thick one was for tank drivers, but it was ugly. I wore these under a hardhat at work.


            Hi! New here.....question-Husband and just purchased new bikes.....(Fat tire) husband is 6’5”... we need to raise the handlebars (seat rise addressed). Question is...have any of you raised your handlebars if so any suggestions? Help appreciated.


              Interesting that that reply from July doesn't seem to have anything to do with cold weather helmets........

              With the cold weather on its way what are the 2020 recommendations? And I will throw in a new twist, how about for a big head? 20 years ago I was a large but this year on my return to cycling I discovered I am now an XL which was very difficult to find in a regular helmet. Luckily I am in the low end of an XL so I think at least to start with I can get away with a head band or some light covering designed to work under helmets but looking for other options too.