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Tundra Aerogel Balaclava

4.133333333333334 out of 5 stars
15 Reviews
Current price: $28.98 Original price: $57.95
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Why We Like The Tundra Aerogel Balaclava

We shield our face with the Tundra Aerogel Balaclava to keep the severe cold, harsh winds, and air rarity from crushing our spirit during high-altitude expeditions. With the added insulation across our nose and cheek bones, we fear frost bite a little less. The breathable, wicking material helps us thermoregulate, while the laser-cut vents help us pull in the little oxygen available.


  • Balaclava built for extreme, high-altitude adventures
  • Waterproof and windproof material for optimal weather protection
  • Neoprene mouthpiece eliminates saturation to prevent freezing
  • Flat-seam construction for chafe-free wear
  • Thin design fits comfortably under helmets and goggles
  • Item #ODR010Z
[face, neck] GORE Infinium Windstopper 3L (100% polyester) [mouthpiece] 100% neoprene [crown, back of neck] 54% nylon, 41% polyester, 5% elastane [nose piece] 63% nylon, 23% polyester, 14% elastane [nose, cheek bone insulation] Primaloft Aerogel (1.5mm)
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Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering
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Overall Rating

4 based on 15 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 0 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 9 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

January 23, 2024

Anything OR

Simple...Luv your stuff! 3 different gortex balaclavas,they keep my head and face pretty comfy from the weather and dont freeze up!Few pairs of mitts. Mt Baker's are my fav.looking to try more gear eventually.


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2 out of 5 stars

January 19, 2024

Fitment needs to be addressed

I think the materials and quality of this were great unfortunately I wouldn't be able to recommend this because of the fit. It's uncomfortable and never feels to be in the right place. Especially the chin area. Hopefully this can be address and it would be great.


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5 out of 5 stars

April 9, 2022

Fits well and very warm

Went skiing on a VERY cold day in Vermont. The wind could not cut through this balaclava.


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5 out of 5 stars

March 8, 2022

Very comfortable, excellent neck coverage. Nice and Warm.

I tried this out on a cold evening and found it to be very comfortable, I didn't feel cold at all. I do not like neoprene and I carefully hand sewn breathable polartec aquashell (Nylon faced, soft fleece inside) on the mouth covering which also resolved a small issue that the solid material I did not prefer bumping into the bottom of my nose, but now it is soft fleece and keeps my face perfectly warm. I did not even need to throw my hood over it held out fine on its own so I'm sure if it is extremely cold I will not have any concerns.I greatly appreciate the neck coverage and how soft and supple the material is. Thank You Outdoor Research for the excellent balaclava.

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2 out of 5 stars

February 1, 2022

Poor design leaves nostrils & lower nose exposed to cold

A poor design that leaves the nostrils and tip of nose fully exposed to the cold. Look closely at the top of the vented panel intended to make it breathable. Above that is a solid piece that fits over the bridge of the nose. There is no overlap between the two parts. Therefore the nostrils and lower part of the nose are uncovered. The rest of the balaclava seems quite warm but for me this is a fatal design flow. I'll be throwing it out since OR does not take returns on balaclavas. In contrast my old OR Sonic balaclava mages to provide a mesh breathing panel and still have sufficient overlap that there is no cold-nose problem. It has a snug fit. If you still want to buy it follow the sizing instructions closely and if anything order larger. Remember - it is nonreturnable.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 27, 2022

Cold weather head and face insulation

Great fit, warm and thin enough for under a helmet


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4 out of 5 stars

January 24, 2022

over all very good

pros material is soft, not ichy thick enough to keep your warm and allows for breathing through the nose size is fine. cons fogs up eye glasses preferred if it the head area was made of more natural material (merino wool)


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5 out of 5 stars

December 28, 2021

Fantastic for AK winters

I have used this for snowshoeing in the interior portions of Alaska. My face has stayed warm and comfortable. This balaclava has out performed any previous ones that I have used.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 5, 2021


I really like the thick padding on the nose. You cannot pull the nose down to below your chin so you can reveal your face, the stitching does not allow it, which is fine with me. I used mine on a 4 day hunting trip in Upper Michigan in November. I do recommend wearing a face mask liner and/or hat to keep you truly warm while not moving. It seems wind/water proof for the most part.

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4 out of 5 stars

October 22, 2021

Almost great

The materials and quality look great. In principle, I don't know where else you can get such a technological mask. But, the nose does not really fit the size and the manufacturer should think about it that people's noses are different, including forehead heights, should be more stretchy or adjustable, more adaptable. It would probably be better to have S, M, L, XL sizes separately rather than combined in pairs.


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