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    May 2011
    South Kentucky


    what material recommended for cold weather ? I wear a full face helmet so I need something thin and without bulky seams that can handle temps in the 30's
    Anthony S.
    2012 R1200GS

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    Registered User David13's Avatar
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    Nov 2011
    Lomita, California
    I can highly recommend the smart wool from REI.
    They may have more than one, so be sure to get the thin one.
    Mine works super. It is smart in that even if it gets hot, I don't sweat. Or the sweat is allowed to drift out, or something.
    It also does quite good on keeping the neck warm.

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    +1 on SmartWool.

    Their Merino wool stuff beats the daylights out of every synthetic I've tried for a neck gaiter or balaclava application.

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    Rally Rat
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    Aug 2010
    Salt Lake City
    Google "Buff" there is an official US and UK website. They are great and have material for summer and winter. I wear the light material all spring and summer around my neck to protect from chaffing and sunburn. The wool Buffs do the job on cold days. I use when the temps drop up here in NW Indiana. They come in a lot of colors. The summer weight material will do the job on those upper 40's days.

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    Registered User clowry's Avatar
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    Flesherton, ON
    Pop into a sporting goods/ski shop. There are balaclavas for skiers that are quite thin, and not expensive. We find a lot of our ski and bike gear can go back and forth - socks, helmet liners, glove liners etc.

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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    May 2003
    SW Iowa
    My wife and I use the silk ones sold by BMW. Silk works for both cold and hot weather.
    2016 R1200RS
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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