Klim Arctic Balaclava
You get what you pay for
I ride year-round in Chicago weather.
After riding with this balaclava for the past month, I have to say that it is worth every penny. It is excellent in blocking all the wind from hitting my neck, have not tested it in downpour rain, but it does keep snow out very well. I wear this balaclava when temperatures drop below 50 degrees, and have tested it down to the single digits on an hour long ride at highway speeds.
The built in breath box is excellent, it is quite a pleasurable change to be able to breathe fresh air :) vs. inhaling the air I had just exhaled. Paired with a good pair of goggles ( 100%) my fogging up is quite minimized.
Overall fit is good for me ( I wear size XS to S in helmet size).
the eye opening might be a bit small for guys that have larger heads, it might take some getting used to, but overall GREAT PRODUCT.
January 24, 2015
Keeps you warm for a NY winter!
This balaclava keeps you warm, and the drop-cape that falls over your chest & upper back completely keeps the cold wind out. The nose-portion aiming downwards, in order to exhale & not fog up the faceshield, doesn't work to its full potential with a full face helmet.
December 8, 2014
Not inexpensive but in this case you do get what you pay for.
December 8, 2014
Fit was not as expected and makes it a non-starter
With this item, fit is very important to function and I didn't feel that fit considered several things. Breath deflector too large, interferes with my Arai Signet-q helmet, material on top is too thick so putting on helmet stretches it, eye cutout is too narrow so it affects your peripheral vision,
If i wanted to stay warm and didn't wear a helmet, this might work well, using it with a helmet doesn't work for me though.
November 24, 2014
So Close !
Product is great EXCEPT...I wear glasses. The eye opening is really too small in both directions. Width wise it has to stretch to get around glasses and that pulls it closed in the height direction. If they would just make the opening an 1" wider and the height an 1" taller it would be great. I plan to have mine altered to work. Other than that it works well and is well made. It does a good job at reducing wind chill. If the opening was larger I would rate this at least a 4 if not a 4.5....a 5 out of me on anything is not happening.
November 3, 2014
I got this mostly for plowing snow and ATV riding in the cold. The breath box is awesome. It's great to be able to breathe fresh air. It also tempers the cold air in the breath box so that it's a little warmer than the outside air is. This is a product that definitely lives up to the old saying that you get what you pay for. I recommend this product.
March 3, 2014
works great...slight issue with air channel collapsing but not completely closed off...moves the air out of your helmet nicely and keeps your neck/face warm...would recommend to others for sure
February 17, 2014
Rode this weekend and the weather was cold. This balaclava is worth every cent. The area around the mouth let's you breathe while keeping cold out.
January 7, 2014