Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

What bike and bike bits should you buy?
dynamicbrick
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2012 14:40 pm

Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby dynamicbrick » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:55 pm

I can put up with most of my body parts freezing to the point of numbness, but my inner ears I cannot. The ear itself doesn't particularly bother me when cold, but when the inner bit of the ear gets really cold it skips being numb and just goes straight to hurting like fury. Hate it.

Normally I have a pair of earphone buds in (as they allow ambient noise to pass) to take the sting out of it, but in the really cold weather these act as heat exchangers and can make it worse!

Been looking at the Foska and Endura (IIRC) skull caps with ear bits.

Question is, do they actually do what they say on the tin, or do they make your head hot and neatly channel cold air into the ear?

MarksMintness
Posts: 459
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2011 17:00 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby MarksMintness » Tue Oct 30, 2012 13:04 pm

I have an Endura BaaBaa skull cap type hat with ear bits and it works a treat, no cold ears here.

You can also use a buff balaclava style to achieve a similar effect, this also worked well for me this morning!

Cheers,
Current bike: 2014 Kinesis Racelight T2 - built by my good self!

User avatar
Maverick54
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue Jul 19, 2011 16:49 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby Maverick54 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 13:09 pm

I find a headband works best. It keeps your ears warm whilst allowing your head to breathe still. I only put on the full skullcap when it is seriously cold, in which case I should probably get on the turbo or go back to bed. Something like this is perfect....
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... iorzhed350

User avatar
zx6man
Posts: 1082
Joined: Wed Mar 21, 2012 13:00 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby zx6man » Tue Oct 30, 2012 13:13 pm

Maverick54 wrote:I find a headband works best. It keeps your ears warm whilst allowing your head to breathe still. I only put on the full skullcap when it is seriously cold, in which case I should probably get on the turbo or go back to bed. Something like this is perfect....
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... iorzhed350


Agreed.

racingcondor
Posts: 1431
Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2009 17:20 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby racingcondor » Tue Oct 30, 2012 13:17 pm

I have one of these - http://www.rapha.cc/winter-hat?locale=UK and it's excellent.

Comes down low enough to completely cover my ears (unlike the skullcaps I've tried) and doesn't block out too much noise (unlike windproof fabrics which just seem to create whistling noises). Add to that the peak for keeping the rain off your glasses and you have a winner.

Pretty sure Giro and a few other brands make them too these days (I've had mine for years).

User avatar
jordan_217
Posts: 2491
Joined: Thu Feb 19, 2009 23:31 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby jordan_217 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 13:38 pm

racingcondor wrote:I have one of these - http://www.rapha.cc/winter-hat?locale=UK and it's excellent.

Comes down low enough to completely cover my ears (unlike the skullcaps I've tried) and doesn't block out too much noise (unlike windproof fabrics which just seem to create whistling noises). Add to that the peak for keeping the rain off your glasses and you have a winner.

Pretty sure Giro and a few other brands make them too these days (I've had mine for years).


I've just bought a Craft one of these from Wiggle, arrived this morning. I like wearing a cap as the peak stops the rain getting in my face and on my specs, I like wearing a skull cap because it keeps my lugs warm - this should be a winner!
“Training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired.”

User avatar
smidsy
Posts: 5256
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2012 20:52 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby smidsy » Tue Oct 30, 2012 14:04 pm

I have a roubaix skull with ear bits (specialized one) and it is definitely warm. I try to not use it too much as I find the ear bits make it much harder to hear things and I like to have all my senses at full capacity when cycling.

Generally I find after 20 mins or so I can remove it and continue minus the ear warming.

If you want warm head/ears they are definitely for you.
Yellow is the new Black.

User avatar
giant man
Posts: 10961
Joined: Thu Jan 09, 2003 16:34 pm
Contact:

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby giant man » Tue Oct 30, 2012 14:38 pm

have a few skull caps which all cover your ears, couldn't ride without them tbh in the winter, I have Polaris, Ground Effect, Assos and prendas, all good, the GE baked beanie is very tight, it only comes in one size, and the best one - or I should say most practical one - has to be the Assos.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Finding the right saddle is the holy grail for the cyclist, good luck, it may take some time .....

cougie
Posts: 19028
Joined: Wed Apr 21, 2004 22:34 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby cougie » Tue Oct 30, 2012 15:11 pm

Or a buff/bandana. You can pull it down as low as you need. Handy in extreme cold - one round the neck up to the mouth and one on the head.

User avatar
zx6man
Posts: 1082
Joined: Wed Mar 21, 2012 13:00 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby zx6man » Tue Oct 30, 2012 15:27 pm

I use altura windcap, although just the headband does seem like a good idea too when not too cold. And a buff for lower face.

andyrr
Posts: 1468
Joined: Sat Jul 07, 2007 07:33 am

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby andyrr » Tue Oct 30, 2012 15:29 pm

Past couple of years I;ve used a buff when it gets cold - just around the neck/chin if slightly chilly but pulled all the way over the back of the head to, if required, cover ears etc- works pretty well and I like that I can tug it back down if I start getting too warm.
Last night I picked up a skull cap in Lidl (£1.99 I think) which was in their running clothing sale recently - wore it this am - temp of around +5/+6 - and I think that will be an even warmer option as the material is that little bit thicker than a buff and that can then be left around the neck. Also it looks like it should dry fairly quickly so could wash when I get home and have it ready for the next day. This morning it was probably that little too mild for the new cap but I wanted to give it a try out as I have always worn a peaked cap under helmet but I do find they get a bit sweaty around the band.

ricky1980
Posts: 840
Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2012 18:37 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby ricky1980 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 20:43 pm

dynamicbrick wrote:I can put up with most of my body parts freezing to the point of numbness, but my inner ears I cannot. The ear itself doesn't particularly bother me when cold, but when the inner bit of the ear gets really cold it skips being numb and just goes straight to hurting like fury. Hate it.


Man up??? :mrgreen: nothing to contribute tho...just luck i live in a city that has micro-climate and thick CO2 carpet that keep it at least 3-4C above surrounding country side. So i never get this issue. Maybe move into a city???
Road - Cannondale CAAD 8 - 7.8kg
Road - Chinese Carbon Diablo - 6.4kg

User avatar
APIII
Posts: 1978
Joined: Thu Aug 16, 2007 13:09 pm
Contact:

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby APIII » Tue Oct 30, 2012 20:52 pm

Castelli Risvolto. Second winter with mine and can't really fault it.

dynamicbrick
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2012 14:40 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby dynamicbrick » Tue Oct 30, 2012 22:30 pm

ricky1980 wrote:
dynamicbrick wrote:I can put up with most of my body parts freezing to the point of numbness, but my inner ears I cannot. The ear itself doesn't particularly bother me when cold, but when the inner bit of the ear gets really cold it skips being numb and just goes straight to hurting like fury. Hate it.


Man up??? :mrgreen: nothing to contribute tho...just luck i live in a city that has micro-climate and thick CO2 carpet that keep it at least 3-4C above surrounding country side. So i never get this issue. Maybe move into a city???


I'm in Brighton (well, Hove), so well versed in Rule 5 - personal best was riding at 15mph into a 25mph headwind with ambient of minus 4. Think the windchill made than minus 35 or something... my lungs were on fire.

Anyway, don't mind being cold at all - but the cold and aching inner ears I really hate. Got big ears too, which seems to make it worse.

ricky1980
Posts: 840
Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2012 18:37 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby ricky1980 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 22:38 pm

ouch, that is COLD
Road - Cannondale CAAD 8 - 7.8kg
Road - Chinese Carbon Diablo - 6.4kg

dynamicbrick
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2012 14:40 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby dynamicbrick » Tue Oct 30, 2012 22:45 pm

I only managed a mile or so into that before I had to get off and push... just too much, even with a scarf wrapped round my face.

Anyway, thanks for the help all, now I can procrastinate endlessly on which one to buy

Focus-rider
Posts: 109
Joined: Mon Sep 17, 2012 18:49 pm

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby Focus-rider » Wed Oct 31, 2012 08:09 am

i have the gore skullcap with the ear thingy's, made a hell of a difference recently up in aberdeen. Bloody cold at 6am but my head and ears are toasty. It has the windstopper material around the front and ears but a more breathable material on the top of the head so as you dont get to hot. Bit pricey at £20 but worth every penny in my opinion.

northpole
Posts: 1439
Joined: Thu Nov 16, 2006 18:55 pm
Contact:

Re: Skull caps with ear bits - do they work?

Postby northpole » Wed Oct 31, 2012 09:11 am

I use two hats. When it isn't freezing, a rapha merino wool cap provides a brilliant mix of warmth without being too warm. The helmet straps keep the hat in place over the ears. When it's a bit colder, the Assos (think it may be the Stinger) provides more of the same, but I only use this on the coldest days to avoid overheating.

Peter


Return to “Road Buying Advice”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: BigMat, Dyrlac, Gimpl, Google Feedfetcher, joshjevans, MBroady, mlgt, NitrousOxide, PTestTeam, springtide9 and 9 guests