A smaller version of the Da Brim Classic, the Sporty offers improved performance for faster riders and good 360° UPF50+ sun protection. 2¾" front brim contours to 3¾" at rear to provide excellent neck sun protection. The adjustable front visor can be angled so you have a clear forward view while riding in a head down riding position. Tested to combined wind speeds of 35 mph. One size fits most. 4.3 oz. Installation instructions
I just wore this for two weeks biking around Normandy. It does what it is supposed to, but do still put on lots of sunblock since it's coverage is not absolute. I bought one after meeting a guy at a group ride in California as "making you feel less dried out and parched at the end of the day" and that's entirely accurate. It is also, however, quite useful in the rain. It's not waterproof, but it will keep water from falling directly in your face, and reduce the amount of water that would go down your neck into your jacket. On high-speed downhills you feel some lift, but with a well-adjusted helmet nothing too distracting. The only place where it was annoying was on a day when I was in a cross breeze for several hours; the tilt pushed on my sunglasses and was uncomfortable. You can take it on and off easily, and it stays when it is on, but it can be a little challenging to store it while touring: pretty much the only place I had that could fit a giant flat disk was on my head.
Finally, I did not expect this to be a conversation piece, but it is. Children point at you. Teenagers occasionally snicker. People just come up to you and start asking questions about your "bike hat". You may or may not like this -- I sort of thought it was ok, I was touring alone an could use the occasional conversation starter -- but it is a baked-in feature. Lucky for the Da Brim people, they are making a self-marketing product where the users pretty much have to explain it to strangers.
As I'm writing this ACA is out of stock of yellow and states tan is discontinued; however, there is a gray version of this that apparently replaced tan that I was able to buy on the Da Brim website (as of summer 2017), hopefully ACA starts stocking it soon.
Menno on 7/9/17
I bought this rim in the ACA office. What a wonderful place to be and extremely inspiring!
I used the rim after this and I liked it.
There are two downsides on this rim;
Fixing the rim to the helmet isn't easy and hard. Also it is not easy to take it off (and on)
Descending is hard because the helmet is blowing backwards because of the rim.
But I will use it definitely again when I in summer conditions and hot areas.
Bob Stuckey on 6/21/17
This product is AWESOME!!! After 75 miles in the blazing sun, face and neck burn free! Easy to install, easy to wear, but most importantly love the results.
Kent Beisner on 2/24/17
Take shade for your face and neck with you. I've ridden at speeds over 30 mph with complete stability of Da Brim. It did take some imagination to install rear view mirror. A great product to keep sun off.
Linda Gryczan on 7/19/16
I originally bought the larger Da Brim, but found it too big. This is perfect & I plan on using it for all day rides.
Sunny weather? Take DaBrim
Mike Bursztyn on 5/30/15
I do a lot of bicycle touring in southern Florida. This product offers superb sun protection and reduces glare while riding. It can be finicky in regards to getting it to seat properly on your helmet, but once adjusted, all good. Can't say how many of these I have helped sell, as many, many people see me wearing it and ask where such a product can be purchased.
Don't leave home without it
Larry Hodgin on 11/21/14
I swear by the DaBrim. The sport brim is much better for speed, on recumbent and upright. With an extension to my helmet mirror, it works well too. Us older riders don't need another C thing to worry about. Young riders should join the prevention club also.
Essential sun protection
Allan Cameron on 6/7/13
A must in the AZ desert sun where skin cancer is epidemic. Great shade on face and neck. Does not seem to be a problem in wind or at 20 mph. I have since bought the DaBrim for wife, adult kids and brother. We all love them. Other cyclists stop us to ask where we found "the hats". I won't ride during the day without my Da Brim.