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Alpine Fleece Balaclava

4.735849056603773 out of 5 stars
53 Reviews

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Why We Like The Apline Fleece Balaclava

When frosty winds threaten to freeze your face off, fight back with the Outdoor Research Apline Fleece Balaclava. The nylon exterior resists wind and water, while the soft Motion Fleece backing adds warmth and wicks moisture. This toasty balaclava’s overlapping design covers your head, nose, and face, and it easily peels open when you need to munch on well-needed fuel for your next run.


  • Balaclava for brutally cold days on the slopes
  • Nylon face fabric resists the elements
  • Motion Fleece backing is soft and warm against your face
  • Opens easily for access to your mouth
  • Item #ODR0851
[exterior] nylon, [backing] Motion Fleece (polyester)
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Overall Rating

4.5 based on 53 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 0 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
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4 Stars - 9 reviews
5 Stars - 42 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

May 22, 2024

Comfortable, warm

Everything I need from a balaclava


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5 out of 5 stars

February 27, 2024

Perfect for keeping my head warm during shoulder seasons

The Alpine Fleece Balaclava is warm and light in weight for my shoulder season backpacking trips. Its advantage over a more traditional wool or synthetic hat is that it stays on my head over-night while I'm sleeping. Bruce G. Houston, TX


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5 out of 5 stars

January 4, 2024

Best balaclava

This balaclava does its job well. Warm, comfortable, breathable and keeps wind, ice and snow off my face. I ride the PNW and it is great on those cold days. This replaces my old alpine fleece balaclava from 2011 so they last as well.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 19, 2023

Great fit

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Good product -- fits inside a hood when it is really cold


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5 out of 5 stars

February 28, 2023

Used it for years for skiing and staying warm in the winter

I use it everyday in the winter when I commute by bike and when I ski. It keeps me warm, unless there is a strong headwind on a ski lift, where it can be pushed into my face and get a little cold, but that's a small and rare issue. It's comfortable and keeps me warm 99% of the time. Recently while I was skiing it was heavily snowing and was extremely windy. It still did decently and kept me warm for the most part, although a small amount of snow got caked on to the neck area where it was exposed. Also, I've had it for 5+ years and it's held up strong despite daily use.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 10, 2023

Great head head gear

Wore it once. Got arrested, because the drip was to hard.


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5 out of 5 stars

April 7, 2022


Used this in Antarctica. Worked like I thought it would. 100% recommend.


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5 out of 5 stars

March 1, 2021

Warmest balaclava I've ever owned!!!

Def one of the best balaclava I have found out there. Soft and comfortable on the inside. Fits good and is well made. Super glad I bought one this winter!!!


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5 out of 5 stars

February 25, 2021

favorite face mask for skiing

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

If you?re going to wear a face mask skiing (mandatory at this point), this is my favorite option, and I?ve tried several. I suggest bringing an extra, because masks get wet and feel gross after a few hours. The small silicone spots under the opening are effective at keeping goggles in place. Comfortable under helmet. Warm, but I don?t feel like I got too hot under exertion.

Ronald G
5 out of 5 stars

February 16, 2021

I'd recommend these to anyone who deals with the cold.

From November to March, I keep extra winter gear in each vehicle, so having a few of these is always a good idea.


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