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When the wind blows the snow like tiny knives into every patch of exposed skin, cover your face with the Icebreaker Balaclava Lite. The warm merino wool insulates your neck, nose, mouth, and cheeks and is a natural fiber that also breathes and wicks moisture so the Balaclava Lite doesn’t get wet and choke you with ice after an hour of breathing through it. The lightweight wool fits comfortably under your helmet without totally roasting your head, and with an elastic-rimmed face opening you can stretch the Balaclava to fit around your goggles so you can pass under the snow guns without tiny rigid ice particles tearing up your skin.

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5 5

Excellent for skiing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Breathable but does not get frozen/clamy. Can be stretched to clear your nose/mouth, but retains its shape well. Replaced a long line of fleece gaiters.

5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I used this masked twice in bike rides. Both times it was between 35 and 40 degrees and I did not feel cold at all.
Going down the canyon it was like 38 degrees and on my head and neck just felt like it was 75 degrees.
It's so comfortable and it did not smell weird after using twice.
I highly recommend this balaclava for biking or whatever you do outside in cold weather.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Merino wool breathes great and doesn't hold my breath stank in. Use it under my motorcycle, bicycle and snowboard helmets and it works great. Also, the cut is perfect, stretches under my chin or I can pull it over my nose and the neck is not to loose or to tight. Just Right.

5 5

Thin and comfy

This is great for skiing and backpacking. Fits under the helmet really easily for skiing. For backpacking it's great for medium exertion in cold weather and to keep in a little extra warmth at night while sleeping. Fabric is soft to the touch. The fit is designed to cover your mouth. Pulling it down below your lips is fine as well, but it's a little tight when you pull it all the way under your chin.

5 5

Just the Right Weight

This balaclava was just the right weight for camping in the Alaskan tundra with temperatures between 0 and 30 degrees. At night, I was warm and could breath easily.

4 5

Great for the really cold days

This is great to dampen freezing wind or to keep your lips movable so you can pronounce words correctly when it's sub-zero outside. As always, this wool is very soft and not itchy.