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Ninja-style face mask for cold days out in real or man-made snow.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.