Da Brim for Da Helmet

Planning on riding across the Nullarbor or any other long rides with a lot of sun?

How to wear a helmet and keep the sun off?

My helmet came with a visor of about 30 mm sticking out the front, although this only keeps the high sun out of your eyes and doesn’t do much during the rest of the day except as a handy place to fix my mirror to.  I thought about maybe adding a covering for the helmet to stop the sun through the helmet gaps and together with a piece of cloth flapping down covering the neck but lacked the skills to make something useful.  I don’t recall the exact words I used in the search engine but I soon discovered this item.  The Da Brim helmets visors.

The Da Brim site has helmet visors for a lot of sportsman and construction tradies as well, Cycling, Equestrian, Climbing, Paddlesports (Water based paddling – not the naughty sort) and Snowsports.

I only investigated the cycling offerings although I did casually flip through the others just in case I was missing something.  There are three types on offering for the cycling fraternity:

The Sporty,

The Classic, and

The Rezzo.

I purchased the Classic in grey but initially I had my eyes on a red one, I was tempted for a Sporty but the choice in colours/patterns didn’t do it for me, although I think if the company offered more colour choices they would sell more Sporty visors, I’m not really into pastels, camouflage or skulls and I see enough tan in my travels.

Description of the Classic.

The Da Brim Cycling Classic helmet visor is designed for maximal UPF50+ sun protection coverage.  The largest of our bicycle helmet visor models, the Cycling Classic provides broad 360° sun protection.  Use our helmet visor with virtually any bicycle helmet to increase your enjoyment of a ride in the cool comfort of shade.
* Requires no modifications to your helmet or sticky adhesives
* Air flows freely through helmet vents, promoting cooling
* Helps block glare
* Adjustable front visor angle to see forward while in a head down riding position
* Front strap keeps brim from flopping forward and impairing vision
* Rear brim height adjustment for use with backpacks and mirrors
* Reinforced brim edge for added stability
* Engineered to withstand the wind forces imposed by outdoor activities.  Comfortable in combined wind speeds of up to 40 Kph (25 mph) (sum of your speed and wind from all directions.)
Note: This model is not designed for high speed downhill descents or performance cycling.

For recumbent riding, add our front stabiliser.

Specifications of the Classic

UPF50+ brim (helmet attachment crown not rated)
* As with other visors, does not provide top of head sun protection
* 3½” (89mm) front brim contours to 4½” (115mm) at rear to provide excellent neck sun protection * Lightweight (weighs approximately 5 oz. (155 g))
* Water Resistant
* 100% Nylon exclusive of decoration
* Hand wash, hang to dry
* One size fits most
* Available in 5 colours: Grey, Blue, Red, Yellow, and Pink; all colours with black underbrim
* Made in USA
* Patent # D659292, other patents pending
Uses: Recreational bicycling, touring, commuting, ideal for areas with intense sun.

My Da Brim arrived one day during the week, I think it was a Friday but that’s not important, I busted it out of it’s rather large box and proceeded to try it on, then instead of ripping something I watched the instructional videos that are linked under each visor on the maker’s website.  Needless to say, the fitting was successfully completed in a few minutes.  One of their videos that I watched prior to purchase had a pocket that fitted over any existing visor that the helmet had, so I had assumed the Classic would have this feature too but alas poor Yorrick, it did not.  Removal of the visor was part of the cycling install of this particular visor and with that departing the helmet, with it went the mirror which I wasn’t too happy about, but more about that later.

Having the Da Brim in my hands it didn’t look “that” big, but once fitted and plonked on my head you can see how much sun this baby will block out.  It’s massive, maybe a little too much in my opinion, I would have preferred in hindsight to have maybe 25 mm (an inch) taken off the circumference of the visor, which ironically brings it down near the “Sporty’ sized visor.

When wearing the helmet with it’s new visor on the bike, you really need the helmet to be a good fit for your noggin, as when any wind catches your new sail, it will twist and turn the helmet until the straps take up any slack.  So point to note, tighten the helmet and strap adjustments properly, but not too tight, What I guess I’m saying is do not have your helmet loose like you see some people on the road do, where you could remove the helmet without undoing it otherwise when the winds blows (and it always does when riding especially head wind) your helmet will cause you to have an accident, I think it would almost be like a Magpie swoop that connects (been there several times).  On the subject of Magpies, since I have started wearing the Da Brim, I haven’t been swooped once? Coincidence or the end of the breeding season?  Next year will tell I suppose.

Removal of the the mirror (Take a look Mirror) from the existing bike visor.  I found the mirror to be so handy when commuting to work and back and since changing handle bars I don’t have the available spots to return to my old mirrors that fit into bar ends.

I have trialled fitting the ‘Take a Look’ mirror to the Da Brim edge and it stays there quite well,  but a bit far away as my mirror seems to be half the size they advertise.  I’m thinking of adding a Velcro patch to the underside of the visor and placing the mirror there and then using the other half of the Velcro to keep it in place.

As the summer season is approaching here in Australia, and the fact that I have already several hot rides under my belt, this brim will do as advertised and during the winter season, I believe it will handle the rain with ease, more so if I scotch guard the brim before the rain arrives.

When off the bike, I find the helmet is now awkward to carry, as you don’t want to hold it by the brim as it may come adrift from the helmet and as I have the mirror fitted, I am more aware of how and where I put the helmet down, and to check that the mirror is still attached when picking it up.

Points to Remember:
Blocks a lot of sun and heat.
Fits easily and stays put.
Cheaper to buy overseas.
It is well made.
Should handle any rain with ease.
Hasn’t budged in any wind even the wind that exceeds the above limit.
Catches the wind especially from the side.
Or
You could buy a larger helmet and look like this guy.

Da Brim

Da Brim If you are follically challenged and don’t wish to have racing stripes sunburned into your melon, then I suggest a visit to the Da Brim website and check out their range of gear.

Cycling_Classic_Angled_RedI like the red one 🙂

I have since discovered an Australian dealer in these brims, although the price seems on the high side as is typical in Australia versus overseas prices as the Aussie dollar slips back down to crappy levels as it always does when I’m looking at buying something overseas.