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Hoods with helmets?

Is there any need for a hood if I have a helmet and neck gaiter/facemask? I see some people wearing hoods over helmets and I don't understand why, or even how (since all 3 of my hoods don't even fit over my helmet).
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Ride a chair when the temp is below -10C/14F with a wind, then you'll understand. That wind has a way of finding every exposed area around your neck and face so throwing the hood over the helmet (most jackets have helmet compatible hoods nowadays) blocks it out.
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I've never pulled a hood over my helmet. I think it's just personal preference.


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Only when its cold and windy as fuck...wind chill is one of our worst enemies. This is also when having a baggier jacket comes in handy because if not you might have issues fitting your hood over the helmet.

I only use it on the lift though. Ive never really liked riding with the hood on, screws with my periph's.
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I only use it on the lift though. Ive never really liked riding with the hood on, screws with my periph's.


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If it's snowing hard hail-like chunks that are hurting my face while riding at speed, I put my hood over my helmet and the jacket will cover my cheeks without zipping up 100% of the the way to the top (which would cover my mouth).

Sometimes I also put it up on lifts if it's ridiculously cold with crazy winds.

Both situations are pretty rare, but it does happen.
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Is there any need for a hood if I have a helmet and neck gaiter/facemask? I see some people wearing hoods over helmets and I don't understand why, or even how (since all 3 of my hoods don't even fit over my helmet).
unzip, pull hood over helmet, zip it back up...
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Only when its cold and windy as fuck...wind chill is one of our worst enemies. This is also when having a baggier jacket comes in handy because if not you might have issues fitting your hood over the helmet.

I only use it on the lift though. Ive never really liked riding with the hood on, screws with my periph's.
Agree with that. Personally hate riding with the hood up - it either interferes with my field of view or (if I cinch it tight) feels like it restricts my head movement.
Only use the hood on the lift.
On cold and windy days I ride with a balaclava underneath my helmet to avoid any exposed spots.
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