Dainese Total WS EVO Balaclava
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
Blocks the wind
This mask works so well. It blocks the wind and I've been riding in 30-40°F on lake shore drive, always at 70 mph. Only comment is it can constrict movement and shift out from your jacket of you wear a collared shirt. It's not too bad, but just something to note
April 8, 2015
A must have for temperatures under 40 degrees riding.
Fits most any head. Breathable and easy to use. Keeps me snug and warm at high speeds and long rides in the cold. I would not be with out it.
March 9, 2015
Don't Hesitate - Best out there
Bought this to ride on my motorcycle - wore it yesterday snow blowing. Great product - well made. Helped with moisture wicking on the top of my head - wind block material around neck worked flawlessly.
February 22, 2015
you get what you pay for!
it could get a little cold out here in the northern california early in the mornings or late at night. I have Medium AGV GP Tech helmet so i got myself a medium balaclava. It fits spot on, nice and snug. It also looks great because it's plain larkish/dark grey.
Asides from its great looks, it does what its meant to do!
I bought a cheap Bilt freeze out pull over and a balaclava from them thinking "eh what the heck, this should work, it's not too cold in California" but it makes almost no difference what so ever cos wind still filters through and obviously defeats the purpose. Dainese is obviously a bigger name brand but their products do as advertised. You can't go wrong with these guys! Someone stole mine so i am having to purchase a second one and definitely Dainese was my first and only option.
February 9, 2015
Would Buy Again Without Hesitation
After having put in a significant amount of time on the bike with the Dianese Total WS Evo Balaclava in temperatures below freezing freezing (<32F), I can assure any prospective buyer that the neck protection is excellent. This is my first ever balaclava and going ahead with the purchase I was highly skeptical of the kind of protection such a thin layer of material could provide against freezing temperatures coupled with winds as strong as 20 mph (I live in Missouri). I can honestly say this piece of equipment has been a godsend and enabler.
The balaclava construction consists of a thin breathable layer around and on top of the scalp with the insulative and wind resistant layering taking over just below the ears, giving your entire neck maximal coverage all around. As the image shows, the balaclava extends down and over your chest, coming to an end just a little ways past your nipples. In the back it goes down until the midpoint between your shoulder blades. Again, the wind resistance and insulation begins just underneath the ears with the only exception being in the back of the head just above the spine where it starts at the midway point of the head. To me that is maximum coverage.
As mentioned previously, I'm a first time balaclava owner so aside from the novelty of the feel there is nothing about this product that merits even soft criticism. It does give head rotation a little resistance (and doing so stretches the balaclava where it covers my nose, therefore pressing down on it, which annoys me), but I've learned to counteract that with a very simple adjustment prior to riding off: simply grad onto the fabric covering your nose, pull up on it until the material is seemingly hovering over your nose and mouth, and you'll be free to spin your head whichever way you please without the material pressuring your nose. At the same time, though, I suspect there are riders out there who would prefer that tighter feel. Either way, this product is the bomb and would recommend it to anyone braving cold and/or windy conditions.
Two final notes: First, I have not had the chance to test it in rainy conditions so I cannot vouch for water resistance. Second, I rated air flow as "excellent", assuming that excellence for this product meant NO air flow. Furthermore, which makes it three points, I gave protection and durability a "good" because though protection is excellent, I have not had it long enough to assess durability.
Safe and happy riding to all!
January 18, 2015