Product Review: SweatHawg Helmet Liner
Conclusion... It works. Buy it.
I first read about SweatHawg on BikeRumor. Their review has a lot of in-depth information about the helmet liner. SweatHawg’s website also has a lot of great info but the one thing I couldn’t find was if it worked with full-face helmets.
So I bought one. It arrived just in time for a hot and humid day when I was working as a guide at Launch My typical work attire includes Vans hi-tops, shin / knee guards, chest / spine protection, forearm / elbow / shoulder guards, gloves, water bladder bag, and full face helmet. In other words, full body armor + 90° heat = sweat.
The SweatHawg did take a little bit of tweaking to get it to sit in the helmet at first. Once it was in place I used the helmet straps to spread the helmet a bit and eased the lined helmet on. Another option is to bend over and bring your head to the helmet opposed to bringing the helmet to your head.
The SweatHawg needed to be adjusted a little when the trails got techier. At first the SweatHawg might shift when the bike and rider are being jostled. I would just tuck it up into the helmet a little more without stopping. This was my first ride with a new Bell Sanction helmet with a GoPro camera so I needed to make occasional adjustments to get it dialed.
Once I had the helmet adjusted and the SweatHawg liner where I wanted, it stayed in place. I did not have the salty eyeballs that I would normally get without the liner. I could tell the SweatHawg was really working when, after a few runs, I took my helmet off and the sweat just started flowing down my face. Like I said, it was hot out and being covered in black plastic didn’t help.
Here is a quick breakdown of what I liked and didn’t like about the SweatHawg Helmet Liner:
See the SweatHawg at work in the action-packed, dubstep-free video below.
Doing trail work at Launch is hard enough. 90° heat. Humidity. Lugging buckets of dirt down steep slopes of marbley rocks.
And then there are these giant, Oakley-sponsored horse flies.
Yet the trail crew come back for more every week to play in the dirt, offend each other, and get paid in pizza and beer.