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    Wasp in the ear /Is insect netting in helmets worth having

    This Monday morning I was enjoying a hard-earned 40mph-ish descent when I suddenly heard an intense buzzing in my ear, the sensation of little claws gripping, and the sharp pain of numerous stings. I managed to maintain control with the right hand as I attemped to kill it with the gloved portion of my left hand, and succeeded in at least losing the little bastard. It made for an interesting remainder of the ride, as I went ahead and did the rest of the planned climbs without having benedryl on hand to combat my wasp allergy, and made it home happy, if uncomfortable.

    This situation clearly would not have been affected by having insect netting at the front of my helmet, but it did get me thinking about it. Does anyone have experience with helmets with such nettings, and their potential benefit in action? Or does it end up being more of a liability? It seems to me that if the netting traps the bug, then it is going to be a lot trickier to get the bugger away from your head, and the likelihood of stings on your head would go up.

    I am soon to be in the market for a new helmet, and thought I'd see if anyone had any experience with this feature which might aid in my selection.
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    you could try to ride with one of those

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    So what happens the next time a wasp gets in your eyewear?

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    I've had a quite a few bees get in my helmet and a couple have stung me too. You could get a hairnet and use it as a helmet cover, but it would also restrict airflow. But I've also had a few go down my shirt or just sting exposed skin, as you experienced with the sting to your ear. So nothing will be totally foolproof. If you have an allergy, keep some benedryl on hand all the time.

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    Never heard of such a thing. And it doesn't sound very practical. Especially if you're not going to cover your whole body. You can get stung anywhere. If you're aergic you should be carrying an EpiPen and RoadID.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salsa_Lover View Post
    you could try to ride with one of those

    The question here is: over the helmet, or under the helmet?
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    I'm on it with the RoadID and carrying benedryl (now) - hadn't been stung in 35 years, and was caught offguard.

    One example of a helmet in consideration: limar ultralight pro

    Obviously it wouldn't prevent the recent incident from recurring, but would it prevent a sting inside the helmet?

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    A net will not help you if the insect decides to go for the ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by champamoore View Post
    Obviously it wouldn't prevent the recent incident from recurring, but would it prevent a sting inside the helmet?
    Really?

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    trying to have a contingency plan for every imaginable surprise on the road is pretty futile.

    just go ride. if you get a bee or wasp sting every now and then, it's just part of recreating outdoors, htfu and deal with it.

    if you're getting stung often, change your route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    just go ride. if you get a bee or wasp sting every now and then, it's just part of recreating outdoors, htfu and deal with it.
    um, i am asking if insect netting in commercially available helmets like the limar serve any useful purpose at all, or is it in fact a liability. that is all.

    thanks for your incredibly helpful addition to my knowledge base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    trying to have a contingency plan for every imaginable surprise on the road is pretty futile.

    just go ride. if you get a bee or wasp sting every now and then, it's just part of recreating outdoors, htfu and deal with it.
    Unless you're allergic (like the OP). In which case it's kinda hard to HTFU and not die.

    My ex wife was allergic to bees. Hadn't been stung in years and the last time she had, it was a minor reaction. Then once we were at a festival and she got stung. She was incoherent almost immediately and within minutes she blacked out. Luckily there was an ambulence there and they gave her epinephrine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    Unless you're allergic (like the OP). In which case it's kinda hard to HTFU and not die.

    My ex wife was allergic to bees. Hadn't been stung in years and the last time she had, it was a minor reaction. Then once we were at a festival and she got stung. She was incoherent almost immediately and within minutes she blacked out. Luckily there was an ambulence there and they gave her epinephrine.
    like you already suggested in post 5, if you're allergic, you should be carrying the appropriate meds.

    a silly helmet net isn't the answer to anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salsa_Lover View Post
    you could try to ride with one of those



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    I caught a cicada killer in my helmet a couple weeks ago during a descent. Didn't know what it was, but I could feel it moving around. Stopped, pulled off my helmet and out comes the biggest wasp I've ever seen in person. That's when I peed my bibs and fainted.

    Though, apparently, they have a wimpy sting. Regardless, I'm glad I didn't have a chance to verify that.

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    My Rudy Project helmet has a bug netting (inside) , it only covers the top of your head but I have picked several bugs of all kinds out of it after a ride.
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    I live in San Diego and have been attacked by killer bees twice while on the bike. Two of them got me right on the forehead. Just man up and deal with it. A net sounds ridiculous.

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    Ignore the guys who say a net is stupid. I've got the Limar. It works great. Out here in the Sierras bumble bees are everywhere. I've been stung often enough in the hairline and forehead that it finally got annoying and I started wearing a head sweat cover type thing under my helmet. It works good, but I prefer the open air thing, so got the Limar. Works great and for the most part if you have any speed at all they bounce off up and over the helmet. In slower situations the bees are trying to get away from you so they land on it and end up flying off up and over it. Works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS-SD View Post
    I live in San Diego and have been attacked by killer bees twice while on the bike. Two of them got me right on the forehead. Just man up and deal with it. A net sounds ridiculous.
    And if you are truly allergic to bees then just die with it!
    “To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit — ever. They’re like the Viet Cong — Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by champamoore View Post
    The question here is: over the helmet, or under the helmet?
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    Thats a great idea, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS-SD View Post
    I live in San Diego and have been attacked by killer bees twice while on the bike. Two of them got me right on the forehead. Just man up and deal with it. A net sounds ridiculous.
    Yeah bro, it's just anaphylaxis...deal with it. Wouldn't want to be wearing some silly net when the hot paramedics show up to declare you dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viciouscycle View Post
    My Rudy Project helmet has a bug netting (inside) , it only covers the top of your head but I have picked several bugs of all kinds out of it after a ride.
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    Ok, I did this not for the bugs but to keep the sun from burning me through the air vents. I will not wear a wet rag under my helmet all day. I don't ride a Harley.
    It's solar screen for window screens. For you air flow guys it's not a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by siclmn View Post
    Ok, I did this not for the bugs but to keep the sun from burning me through the air vents. I will not wear a wet rag under my helmet all day. I don't ride a Harley.
    It's solar screen for window screens. For you air flow guys it's not a problem.
    You can grow lettuce under it also during the hottest part of the year.
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    Both my MTB and road helmets (Alpina brand) have built-in insect netting in the front portion; seems to work well, as do my Oakleys. I did get stung though and it was on the leg, couple of inches above the ankle. Luckily I'm fairly immune to insect bites of most types and all I get is the initial sharp pain after that it's indistinguishable from a mosquito bite.

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