Klim Arctic Balaclava
So close to being the one
The very thing that makes this balaclava awesome also makes it a fail. I'm using this with a Bell Custom and retro shield and there is no fog at all. The thickness and warmth of this material is spot on perfect. No problems there. And this balaclava also allows you to slide your helmet on nice and easy.
The problem: the duck bill that keeps the warm air off your visor has a hole at the bottom that also allows a ton of cold air to rush up and blast you in the eyes at highway speeds.
So I ordered a cheap chin curtain that I can butcher so I can try modding this thing. I'm planning on sewing a piece of the chin curtain over the hole in the duckbill to see if that helps. Hopefully this mod will let the warm air exit the bottom while keeping the cold out.
We'll see how it goes.
March 2, 2016
Keeps you warm while still getting air flow. Works good for snowmobiling.
January 20, 2016
Klim Arctic Balaclava Not Recommended
This looked good on the web site, but this brand / model is for small riders who wear Small or Medium-size helmets that don’t wear eye glasses.
I'm a 5'10" rider, I wear a Large-size ½-helmet. and I wear (prescription) eyeglasses. The cap portion was TIGHT on my scalp, and the eye port was too small. My eyeglass ear pieces were pressed into the side of my head and ears. After a ½ hour of riding, my glasses ear pieces started to hurt.
Also, the eye port kept riding up, requiring me to stop to remove my gloves, goggles, and helmet, to pull my scalp cap down so I could see again.
If you use a bluetooth device on one ear, or you want to use a boom microphone, it wouldn't fit.
January 18, 2016
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