The last time I bought a helmet was in the post-civil war carpetbagging era. I went online today and was surprised at the range of prices from $20-something to the hundreds. I want to buy something for winter use. I cannot wear the military-style helmet, because the back of the helmet interferes with the neck brace/headrest on my trike. Any thoughts on what keeps you warm in winter (important, as I have a shaved head) and is moderately priced?
I've always worn the same helmet year round. When my ears start to get cold, I'll throw on a pair of 180s. I've tried various other headbands, but found that they created a pressure point in the front. The 180s are nice because they sit entirely under the helmet so the helmet and ear warmers don't interferer with the fit of each other. When it gets real cold I'll close some of the helmet vents with tape or a rain cover.
love my 180s! To keep your whole head warm, wear a thin fleece beanie under the helmet
180s and a bandana if you're short up top will cover most daily commutes in the winter.
Pick the helmet that fits well, but also has a litlle room to adjust to a bigger size when needed
That way you can adjust as the temps get colder:
I start of with my 180s. When it does get colder (lower twenties to upper single digits), I replace that with headband made out of technical fabric. When it does get really cold (low single digits), I use a beanie style hat made out of technical fabric under my helmet
I use the same helmet year round, with a fleece balaclava under the helmet (after adjusting helmet straps) for colder days, and a breathable skullcap for not-quite-so-cold days. For wet or truly arctic weather, I add a water resistant helmet cover. I like to have ventilation so that sweat doesn't build up and make me colder when I'm getting a bit of a workout in cooler temps.
I usually use a Nutcase, which doesn't have a lot of vents (shady in the summer, warm in the winter). Under that I wear a lycra skullcap, and when it's really cold, I add the 180s.
A Bern with winter insert is also good, but doesn't keep the ears quite as warm as the 180s.
Bern, they offer winter liners that cover your ears and have a top to keep heat in.
I've picked up a couple ski helmets at the REI garages sales. They have built in ear flaps and liners and work great with goggles.
Bern is awesome.
I really hate the winter liner for my Bern. It was the whole reason I bought the helmet but the synthetic "fur" gets soaked with sweat and then freezes and stinks to high heaven.
Thin enough to fit under a snug-fit motorcycle or snowmobile full-faced helmet, so it will work with any bike helmet. Warm enough to ride at 75MPH at sub-freezing temps and below on a snowmobile -so on a bicycle it'll be more than warm enough.
Find a helmet that you like the looks of, and the fit, and don't worry about built-in liners is my theory. The Shampa (pick the style you like) works like a charm. I've got a couple of them.