Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava
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- Winstopper Technical Fleece, Radiant fleece
- Max weather protection
- Flat seam construction, contoured shape, mesh breathing port and elastane trim
- Made in China
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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
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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!
I have two in case one gets wet during extended use and I need to go out again before the first one finishes drying. E.g. for multiple rounds of snow removal.
For the money this is definitely one of the better investments in protective clothing I've ever made. The balaclava is comfortable and the frigid air simply doesn't go through it. The cutout on the nose caused some worry on first inspection, but in practice it does a fine job of protecting my nose as well. A fine mesh of material over the mouth area does a fantastic job of preventing chapped lips. The only complaint I have there is the condensation from hot breath does occasionally get damp and unpleasant. Overall though, for the protection provided, that's more a niggle than a genuine complaint.
A very worthy investment if you plan to work or play in the icy wind very much in the winter.
Honestly, the actual design of this mask is great, but the fit is abysmal.