Dainese Total WS EVO Balaclava
An indispensible piece for cold weather
Love the fit and finish, the choice of different materials, and how the nose could be kept covered or open.
With the seam on the forehead was not there, or thinner. It gets annoying when I have to pull the balaclava down on my eyes in order to keep that seam from imprinting on my forehead.
March 16, 2016
Nice lightweight wind protection from Dianese.
Great product, looks awesome, and super tight quality, as expected from Dianese. Order with confidence, and get a size smaller, it stretches! Prevents airflow as described, I'd call this a mid-range cold weather piece, better for light winter days. Anything colder than 40 degrees and I'd go for something heavier duty. Love it!
March 1, 2016
Really does block the wind!
Just took this out for a test spin, not realizing just how strong the wind was that day. The windstopper absolutely delivered. My neck was perfectly comfortable, and made the ride much more enjoyable. I forgot I was wearing it halfway through the trip until I came to a stop and my visor began to fog. Makes putting on and taking off your helmet much easier as well (especially with ear plugs). I haven't temperature tested it, but on a 65* day, it was just fine.
January 19, 2016
This hood keeps the cold out. It's very comfortable to wear, no seams that dig into your face or head. It does restrict head movement (head checks) slightly, but no more than you would expect. As an added bonus, it doubles as a ninja mask that you can use to fight crime when your city needs you!
November 30, 2015
This balaclava works very well. It fits snug and doesn't come untucked during use. I wear a medium Shoei RF-1200 and the medium size balaclava fits perfectly. I was hesitant to spend $50 but I'm really glad I did now. I wish I had bought one of these earlier.
October 5, 2015
The perfect motorcycle balaclava.
I live in Florida. Yeah yeah, "It doesn't ever get cold in Florida!" is what you are saying right now. Well, unfortunately it does get cold in the winter months. And on top of the cool weather, we still have high humidity, so the cold feels even worse than it is. So, how does this Dainese balaclava stack up?
Slim material on the top of the head keeps my head dry, while still allowing my helmet to fit on my noggin. The fit of your helmet will vary, but you can reasonably expect whatever helmet you are wearing to be only slightly tighter. The wind blocking material is very good, no air will penetrate it, keeping you warm. I told my friends that wearing this in cold weather was like cheating, because I did not feel anything.
My complaints land where I expect most balaclavas to fail, and that is how hot air from you breathing is expelled. Unfortunately it will fog up your visor even quicker than normal. Another complaint I have is that when wearing this with a jacket, head movement becomes slightly restricted, as the material will be tight around your neck.
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. I couldn't ride without it in the cold. It is like cheating in a game.
July 18, 2015
Hello, I only used it 3 or 4 times since I got it, but until now I have no complains at all. The material used for this Balaclava are hi quality, it's very soft and doesn't weight much.
Regarding size, I use an L helmet, and got this on size M, the fit was perfect, not too small nor to big.
And the most important part, it really keeps you warm in your neck and head areas. Now the only part that I suffer the cold are the eyes.
Really good product, recommended to anyone looking for something well made and effective.
May 25, 2015
The holes at the mouth area are already ripped after 2 months of daily use
This balaclava keeps me much warmer and I'm glad I bought it.
I rode in the winter for weeks without a balaclava. I had cold freezing wind hitting my neck, and although I had a warm jacket, it was not enough. All that air flowing through my helmet, neck, I was suffering. I knew using scarfs or a t-shirt was not enough to block out the cold. So I invested in the best brand, Dainese. Was I disappointed? Not at first, until eventually the holes around my mouth area for breathing ripped. I ride everyday, I wished the quality would have held up. And it was nearly impossible for me to wear it over my nose without it fogging my glasses, so I had it pulled up to my chin only. Other than that, I was very impressed.
This balaclava blocks out plenty of air gaps that would have hit my neck and chin area without it. HOWEVER, this balaclava only works at temperatures above 40F-50F. Anything under and it does its job as best as it can, but your neck will still be cold. If you live in freezing conditions, invest in heated balaclavas.
April 25, 2015