While we were in Tucson last week, I saw several bike riders with large brims around their helmets. I was immediately intrigued and had to see where I could get one. I searched Google and found out what they were called, went to a couple Tucson stores, and got one! Woot!
I tried it out this morning and I'm in love with it!
It's called Da Brim and it comes in a wide brim version and a "sporty" version that's not quite as wide (for better safety and visibility). I got the sporty one. It even comes in sizes for horseback riding helmets, and visor versions. It slips easily over the helmet and has a strap to cinch it tight. There are straps at the front and back to adjust the position of the brim to raise or lower if necessary. It's even rated up to 35 mph to stay on your helmet. Cool!
As I get older, I am more thoughtful about protecting my skin. Especially, since the doctor found a questionable spot on one ear and a couple on my cheek. I hate sunscreen but I'm wearing it more and more. I have a cute, wide brimmed straw hat with a bow that I wear when I go somewhere that I'll be in the sun for a while. I also wear brimmed hats when I hike and when I work in the yard. But, cycling helmets do nothing to protect ears from the sun. Bike rides leave the ears and face exposed for long periods of time. Not to mention those rays of sun that somehow make their way between your sunglasses and face and straight into your eye!
I was excited to try my Da Brim this morning and very pleased with how great it worked! I never once had the sun glare in my eyes and I was able to ride without worrying about my ears being exposed. I also love that it shades my neck and a lot of my face. I never had any problems with visibility. I even think it looks pretty cool! I've never seen these in California but they seem to be popular in Arizona. Who knows?...maybe I'll help start a new trend in California!