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Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava


Price: $35.99 - $42.00
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  • fleece
  • Winstopper Technical Fleece, Radiant fleece
  • Max weather protection
  • Flat seam construction, contoured shape, mesh breathing port and elastane trim
  • Made in China


Product Description

Deflect cold air with the wind protection of a shell and the warm feel of fleece in this unique balaclava design. The windproof, vapor permeable WINDSTOPPER� Technical Fleece offers maximum winter protection while allowing you to breathe easy through a mesh breathing port. Polartec� Wind Pro� ear panels allow you to easily hear your team. Polartec� Wind Pro� Fabric is extremely breathable yet provide 4x more wind resistance than traditional fleece. WINDSTOPPER� Technical Fleece offers more warmth and comfort than non-windproof fleece

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 1 inches ; 8.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003S3RFL8
  • Item model number: 83131
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,790 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

I wear glasses constantly and was very concern about condensation of my breath on the glasses.
Radek
There was no way to have full face coverage while wearing goggles without the piece that was supposed to cover my nose hanging almost down to my mouth.
Sara W.
Maybe I got a flawed mask, but I guess I'll just need to go to the store and try one on before I buy from now on.
griff410

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jon Crosbie on January 29, 2010
I bought this balaclava for dog walking and snowboarding and it has done well for both activities.

First, the snowboarding. This balaclava is perfect for snowboarding/skiing. Whatever the windstopper stuff is made of, it works. We went in January to the very top of A-Basin (13,000 ft) and that day the winds were fierce. My face was warm and toasty on the lift up, and relatively warm on the ride down. Much more importantly, my goggles didn't fog up once riding hard all day. So rest assured, fogging goggles are not a problem with this hood.

Second, the dog walking. It's pretty good but not perfect. Again, the wind stopper material works beautifully. This hood came in a very timely manner, arriving on a day when the windchill dropped to -20F (-29C) in Iowa. My face, nose, and ears were nice and warm, but the coverage of the sonic isn't quite as good as OR's gorilla. My brow was exposed and froze but this is easily remedied with a hat over top. A fleece headband would work just as well. This wasn't a problem while snowboarding because I wear a helmet. The balaclava is not at all bulky, so wearing a hat or helmet over it is very easy and very comfortable.

My glasses, however, fog up terribly with this balaclava. I should mention that my glasses fog up pretty badly if I wear anything on my face, so it's not necessarily related to the Sonic, however I was really hoping they wouldn't fog while using this. If, however, you are planning to wear your glasses with this balaclava, I wouldn't count on them not fogging. I put in contacts now when I take the dog out.

The mesh breathing port is...interesting. I don't know if it makes it easier to breathe or not, but it does freeze up very easily.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By griff410 on November 21, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
I bought this with high hopes due to reading other reviews, and O.R. stuff is very well made I own several other items from them, but the problem with this piece is that since they make it to be multi-functioning wear wise the nose and facial portion of the mask is entirely too lose, while the top portion is very tight to my head. How in the world would I be able to wear goggles and have a decent seal? I mean the nose portion just doesn't stay put and sags down nearly to my mouth. Maybe I got a flawed mask, but I guess I'll just need to go to the store and try one on before I buy from now on. Will be returning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Ralston on October 12, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
My beef with prior balaclavas is that it is all to easy to steam up the ol' specs when you breathe through your nose. The design is good, leaving a clear passage below the nostrils - no mesh right there.

I have NOT tested it in sub-zero temperatures, but on a chill night, it still breathed fine.

It is bulkier than, say, a smartwool cap, which you can tuck anywhere. Folded up, it's about as bulky as a pair of my windstopper gloves.

I'll be testing this in windy, freezing weather presently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ForsaleinSL on January 29, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Medium Verified Purchase
This is a very innovative ski mask. The vents are very effective at preventing foggy glasses, but only if the mask is a perfect fit -- so choose your size wisely! The mask is also extremely effective at blocking fierce winds. It is thin enough to fit comfortably under helmets and caps of all sizes.

My main gripe about this mask is that it is not very warm when worn alone, even at 30 degrees F. It barely traps any heat from your head, so I'd recommend complimenting it with a knit ski mask to maintain your body heat. Use this underneath to protect your face from wind. Just make sure that the ski mask does not cover the vents -- or you've effectively bought an extraordinarily expensive liner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Bush on February 21, 2014
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Large
Construction of this balaclava was great. I was so excited to use it on a -20F skiing trip. The reason I gave it one star was the fact that despite going to Outdoor Research's website and reviewing how to measure my head so I could get the perfect fit, it was the product that was shaped so strange I couldn't use it. I have a normal sized and shaped head, the large I received actually fit my head perfectly. Nice and snug fit. The face mask however had way to much material and was actually about an inch and a half from my face. If you have a very long head, similar to a neanderthal then maybe this will work for you. Otherwise look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By X11guy on January 18, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Medium
It's a great looking balaclava and perfect for goggles, but it got pretty cold around my neck (which is easily fixed by a gator) and it does get very chilly around your mouth and lips if you exhale through the mouth (due to condensation) but that too can be fixed by inhaling through the mouth and out through the nose
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR JAMES E BUSHNELL on January 14, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
I ride to work in Chicago, year round, and this balaclava makes even the coldest of days bearable. I have ridden in 30F weather with windchill down to single digits and not felt it. I wonder if they make jackets or pants out of the same material... I would definitely buy them too.

The fit is good - covers my neck so I don't feel any drafts between clothing layers. The whole thing is a little big, but that's my fault for not double checking the size I ordered. Nevertheless it is well worth it if you plan to enjoy winter weather!
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