A lighter option that I use on occasion are these skull caps. Just a couple examples as about every clothing brand offers something like them. Wicking material and not as bulky as a regular cycling hat.
ETA: This topic was mainly pointed towards indoor use, but some of the suggestions may be worthwhile under a helmet outside too.
I use Halo’s for sweat management. I like them because the strip of rubber directs the sweat away from your eyes rather than relying on absorption. I find on hot days, any material is quickly saturated.
Always with my bald spot. Big fan of the Giro SPF30 ultralight cap; well ventilated, protects my pate, absorbs sweat, nice touch that the inside of the short brim is black for better vision. Also comes in a skullcap model.
Love this for all the reasons you say, except for me at least the bill won’t stay up. Maybe it has to do with my POC helmet/fit, but it is so annoying. And the bill is great for dripping sweat ahead of my glasses.
But for my shaved head with a big sweating issue, this has been better than anything I tried (headbands, skull caps) that also provides sun protection over my whole head.
I’ve never had the sweat in the eyes outside problem but I do know a few folk that wear a cap for that reason. Where I have had a problem is indoors and wear a Castelli Sweat Band perhaps it would be of use to you outdoors.
I also use Halo’s, but I had to go for the “bandit” model, which has more material to absorb more sweat. I live where it’s extremely humid though, so I still need to wring it out every 90 mins or so, but it really does help keep sweat off the glasses/eyes. A normal Halo didn’t work.
Question for those who don’t use a Halo…why? They are in every bike shop I visit, so I assume they’re in yours too…is that a bad assumption? Or did you use it and not like it? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say “I don’t like the Halo”, so just curious.
Yeah, I tried the headband version too years ago and hated it….but this seems to work much better.
I think part of the issue with the Gutt’r and the Halo (and Veostrips to a lesser degree) is that they were basically designed around someone with their head up….but in a bike you lean forward and often have your head down. So gravity overwhelms the system and you get drips / leaks out the front instead of dripping out the sides.