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    Sound dampening in a helmet for touring

    I'm wondering if any of you have tried modding a helmet in some way to reduce the noise. I have a naked bike and a cabon fiber helmet, and touring can leave in a daze.

    I get that earplugs reduce noise, and I often use them, thanks, so please don't bother to point this out
    I like to listen to music on long trips with in-ear buds, so if I can somehow keep the noise down a bit I won't have to crank it so much.

    I know it's hard to sound proof a lid completely, just wondering if there's anything you've found that worked for you, even a little. I find sometimes stuffing my neck warmer up around the opening at the bottom helps, but it's pretty clumsy. I was thinking maybe an extra foam liner or something might help insulate a bit better?

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    A lot of helmets have the chin skirts, help with wind noise.
    Try and avoid it as much as you want, but the best solution is custom earplugs. A lot of guys have them (waiting for CDG and Lee Ridefar to chime in), and a lot of them are actually earbud headphones, too. That's your best bet.

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    Wear a neck warmer kind of thing that will sealed most of the wind/noise from entering your helmet
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    get better headphones. I use Etymotic HF-5s, in ear monitors. These puppies will provide 35-42db of noise isolation (same as earplugs) as well as providing music.

    http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/hf5.html

    so it accomplishes both.
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    I wear a silk balaclava. Combined with earplugs things are pretty damn quiet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ćon View Post
    I have a naked bike and a cabon fiber helmet, and touring can leave in a daze.
    Is it one of those POS Kaos helmets? If so, I suggest putting it on, the having a friend shoot some
    expanding foam into the cavities between your helmet and your head, better fitment and quieter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shovelhead View Post
    Wear a neck warmer kind of thing that will sealed most of the wind/noise from entering your helmet
    +1. Get a balaclava with a long neck that you can tuck in your suit or jacket. It'll keep you well insulated and noise to a minimum.

    Cant mod the helmet much except to add a chin curtain.... for anything more you'll probably have to upgrade to a different lid.

    Also keeping the vents closed would reduce noise at the expense of ventilation. :/

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    Invest in a set of custom molded ear buds. These are dual driver ones from HearSmart Solutions in Langley. I find the fidelity 3X as good as the CustomeProtectEar ones from Surrey and they block about 2X more noise.

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    You have two problems. One is helmet. The other is the lack of wind redirection on your bike, which is mismatched for what you are doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolDaddyGroove View Post
    Invest in a set of custom molded ear buds. These are dual driver ones from HearSmart Solutions in Langley. I find the fidelity 3X as good as the CustomeProtectEar ones from Surrey and they block about 2X more noise.

    How much are those?
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    Buy a Schuberth helmet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolDaddyGroove View Post
    Invest in a set of custom molded ear buds. These are dual driver ones from HearSmart Solutions in Langley. I find the fidelity 3X as good as the CustomeProtectEar ones from Surrey and they block about 2X more noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnoDragon View Post
    get better headphones. I use Etymotic HF-5s, in ear monitors. These puppies will provide 35-42db of noise isolation (same as earplugs) as well as providing music.

    http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/hf5.html

    so it accomplishes both.
    Agree. I use Shure SE215's myself, but same idea. Not every ear is the same and not every plug with reduce the identical amount, so a custom option may be a great way to go.

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    Bose has noise cancelling earbuds too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandito View Post
    How much are those?
    I think I paid $250 for them
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