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Mountain Hardwear Alpine Balaclava - Men's

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    Dodging trees as you glide over untouched snow takes intense focus, so it helps to be covered in the Mountain Hardwear Alpine Balaclava. The breathable and soft Polartec Power Stretch fabric wicks away moisture while providing toasty warmth, which is great on the slopes or during an alpine climb. An integrated brim keeps the sun out of your eyes, and since this balaclava has flatlock seams, it feels smooth on its own or while worn under a helmet.

    • Polartec Power Stretch fabric
    • Glasses compatible
    • Integrated brim
    • Flatlock seams
    • Item #MHW00HZ

    Tech Specs

    Polartec Power Stretch (84% polyester, 16% elastane)
    2 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, skiing, snowboarding
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    Case of the Missing Mouth Hole(s)

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used this balaclava, under a POC Receptor helmet, 11 days this year, at A-Basin, Keystone and Loveland, with temps ranging from the low zeros to 30s. I'm currently shopping for other options and will not even keep this as a back up, due to issues described below.

    I wear a Large POC helmet, I purchased a Large MH balaclava. Fitment was good, as expected.

    At 30s, the balaclava functions ok fine but it has no breath holes so it tends get soaked around the mouth area.. Sans holes it also tends to fog up my goggles, when I breath, unless i have it tucked under the goggle rim or pulled down under my chin. :\

    At lower temps, 4-10 F, with high winds, the ride up the lifts at A-basin were challenging. I kind of expected more warmth, wind protection, but couldn't have any thicker layer in between head and helmet.

    This is the first season I've worn a full balaclava, so I didn't know what to expect/ order. Now, after 2 hand fulls of ski days marked, I have 1 suggestion-> GET A BALACLAVA with MOUTH HOLE(s), never get one without.

    At 10F and below, the soaked mouth area mentioned above freezes solid. On these days, I've had to go into the rest area and hand dryer it, to make it usable again.

    I'd buy another MH balaclava but I'm going to look around more actual research. I bought this while OTP with a representative, during the black friday bad.

    I'm sure someone has an argument for why balaclavas without holes are superior but for skiing or other cold weather exertive activity, I'd like to politely suggest that they are misinformed.

    Summary- it seems to be well made, fits as expected but totally useless-to-dangerous without mouth holes.

    Great Balaclava

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a great balaclava. It stretches nicely around my big dome, and is tight enough to fit under my helmet, but not too tight to be a nuisance. The brim on it is a great feature, that I though would annoying at first, but turned out to come in handy in the Wasatch last year. It blocks the heavy snowfall from getting into your eyes, goggles, or even glasses. It also can help keep sun out of your eyes as well for more protection than your glacier glasses. I only gave it 4 stars as I feel there are some other balaclavas on the market that vent better over the mouth. I found mine to start freezing fairly easily while covering my mouth. It worked well enough for me though, that I will be taking this down to Aconcagua in January.

    Feel free to reach directly out to me with any and all questions!