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If you've got the gumption to get outside, winter riding is often the most rewarding. Training for next season aside, cold days on the bike can re-instill your zest for life. The view from the saddle is new and exciting, and the backcountry roads of your normal training loops are still and desolate. The crux is staying warm. And like it or not, a balaclava may become your favorite piece of winter apparel. The Garneau Matrix Balaclava is about as high tech as they get.

Garneau's Matrix Fabric is a differentiated knit made of Nylon and Spandex. It's designed to wick moisture like crazy, so your head won't be dripping sweat if you have to tackle a long climb. Our favorite element is the mesh at the mouth and nose. So even though you can keep your skin covered and stay warm, you can breathe freely as well. The Garneau Matrix Balaclava is Black and comes in one size that fits most folks.

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I ordered this balaclava for my husband. He loves it. It fits really well. It also looks really cool. He's a geologist and he wore it while crawling through a cave in central Utah. It held up well.

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is a staple for my winter riding. Keeps my face and head warm. The piece is breathable and wont get soaking wet if you are breathing heavily through it. Must add to your winter arsenal. Plus no one can recognize "that lunatic" riding in 30 degree weather.

How is its' windblocking ability (since it's not made from Gore's *Windstopper, nor Giordana's *WindTex), the description doesn't seem to mention wind protection? Thought about Gore's version, but many say the fit isn't the best. Ditto Giordana's version...looking for warmth, wind protection, and decent fit...

I'll check back later. And Thanks for your help!