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I've been trying to be more active outdoors having lost 60lbs in the last 6 months...I prefer outdoor activities over going to the gym...but as the temperature has plummeted during the cold months, I've discovered my outdoor walking/hiking has diminished considerably. You'd think I would just visit the gym more often (and I should) but I find myself preferring the outdoors so much more. Decisions, decisions. My biggest obstacle was the fact that my face was literally freezing in the sub-freezing temps we experience where I live this time of year. While walking a couple weeks ago, I noticed a jogger run past me wearing a similar head balaclava and I had a new goal the moment I got home: order one for myself. So I did.
My only gripe is that the material is just so ridiculously thin, I worry that I can only wash it a few times before it will begin to fall apart in the washing machine. So I suppose I'll stick with washing it by hand in an attempt to extend the life. Keep in mind I've only had it for a short while, so I cannot say it will or won't last, but what I CAN tell you is this: the material is just shy of being see-thru it's so thin.
With that said...how does it work? Well, I wore it on my 6.4 mile hike yesterday in 18 degree weather. It kept my face surprisingly comfortable considering how thin it is. The only problem - and I wouldn't blame the product for this, because this would be an issue regardless of the material it was made from, but it was sunny (but DANG cold) and so I wore my sun glasses to help vs the brightness of the sun and the glare of all the white snow and almost every time I exhaled, it fogged up my glasses. It got crazy annoying after a couple miles...but I didn't have much of a choice. I had the same issue when I covered my face with a scarf before I got the balaclava so it's not really a design flaw - though I would imagine you could find one that reduces the fogging of glasses, but I would wager it would cost a considerably larger amount. That is the next part of why I like this hood...it's fairly inexpensive. For the price, it's hard to beat. Especially since it works and does what it's supposed to.
nice, hugs the skull , but not too tight for an extra large motorcycle helmet. good for 45 degrees under my motorcycle helmet, but not for winter riding. maybe I can use this for a dust/virus mask? very thin. just got it , so I don't know how long it will last or wash.
The mask was purchased as required for my job. I could wear a regular mask, but having to wear a hairnet musses up my hair. When I go on break the hair nets must be removed, leaving my hair out of place. so I wanted an uninsulated hood/mask. The problem I had at first was that they cover the ears, making it hard to insert my earplugs. I learned to pull the sides out to a bit to insert and remove them. They work well.
This balaclava smells pretty bad out of the plastic package but cleans up easily. The material is thin, making it easy to breath through. It feels warm enough though I imagine that if you start sweating in it, any protection from the cold would be minimal at best. Otherwise, this should provide a decent light protection from wind and cold weather.
Overall the product is pretty good. It is light weight and reasonably sized. The one complaint I have is the face opening is NOT stretch; this makes it very difficult to wear around the neck as a gaiter.
Their good for when you're working outside to keep your neck warm. If you have motorcycle helps keep wend off your neck and keep dobrev from getting in your mouth. When it really cold and have be exposed to cold temperatures the mask helps keep your face warm also, make sure select right size for your body type