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    The Defender.

    You live for days full of endless face shots, but if experience has taught you anything, it's that you're way more comfortable when the snow's not clinging to your beard and running down your neck. That's why Outdoor Research created the Men's Gorilla Balaclava.

    Built to protect you from the best conditions, this balaclava features a 3-layer Gore WindStopper construction which effectively stops wind and resists soaking snow. A soft polyester backer wicks away moisture and provides a layer of warmth for those bitter days. A convertible design allows you to remove the nose and mesh breathing port for protection tailored to your needs.

    • A balaclava built to defend you from harsh weather
    • Gore WindStopper construction blocks wind and resists snow
    • Polyester backer wicks moisture
    • Removable mesh breathing port for tailored protection
    • Flat-Seam construction sits comfortably against skin
    • Item #ODR1002

    Tech Specs

    [face] Gore WindStopper 3-Layer (94% nylon, 6% spandex), [backer] polyester
    3.0 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Saved my face from frostbite on Denali

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I wore this with goggles on a day on Denali when it was -15F with 40mph winds, which is about -50F with windchill. My face stayed warm and frostbite free and the mesh breathing port didn't freeze over despite heavy respiration for hours. I overlaid my goggles all the way around the opening, tightened them down, and did not experience any fogging even on other days when winds were much lower. The velcro for the piece that goes over your mouth and nose can be peeled up on just the bottom 2/3 or so to allow you to eat and drink without having to break the seal on your goggles. No one else in my group had a balaclava that performed better than this one did.

    Hey Matt! Thanks a lot for the review here. This, among many other OR products, is definitely a great piece. Were you just on Denali this season or was this a previous year? Feel free to reach out to me if you have any other helpful beta, or are in need of some gear questions/ recommendations! tbivins@backcountry.com or (801)204-4657


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I got a chance to use this in the cold windy weather of the NH Whites that I had bought it for. Unfortunately if you are going to try to stay hydrated or refuel along the trip this is a total pain in the butt to unvelcro and and redo without using two hands and forget about trying to do it with any kind of gloves or glove liners on. It became maddening after several attempts. I'm going back to the similar one piece version that I can easily pull down with one hand and easily readjust. I love all the Outdoor Research products I have ever bought, and I have a number of them. High quality and very durable. This was not an issue with material quality and it was quite warm and comfortable when properly adjusted.

    best Clava I've ever owned.

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

    This my go to Clava for cold mountaineering trips. Gore WS protects my face when the howling wind kicks up. I love the "on the fly" feature, or how I don't have to slip it over my head like other Clava's. The velcro front, which includes one over your mouth and one over the nose, can be put on or off rather quickly. Fit is very secure. Great to carry for the alpine. 5 star all the way.