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Specifically designed for the coldest riding conditions on Earth, the Arctic Balaclava features a massive feature list fit for the most extreme climates. From the base, the Arctic Balaclava brings a massive, ultra-wide skirt to ensure it stays put. Add in; full WINDSTOPPER®-frontal attack with KLIM's variable fleece backer thicknesses around eyes (to enhance fit and reduce restriction), full neoprene nose piece/breath deflector, lycra stretch back, conformed neck fit, and super stretchy fleece over the head. All-in-all, this is one Balaclava that can take it all.
SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE COLDEST CONDITIONS/HARSHEST ELEMENTS
ULTRA-WIDE SKIRT PROVIDES MAX WIND PROTECTION AND STAYS TUCKED IN
HEAVY FLEECE WINDSTOPER® MAIN BODY CONSTRUCTION
COMPACT FLEECE WINDSTOPER® EYE PORT CONSTRUCTION
NEDPRENE NOSE PIECE/BREATH DEFLECTOR
SUPER STRETCH HEAD FLEECE-LYCRA STRETCH BACK TO FIT DIFFERENT HEAD SHAPES/SIZES
Excellent product, glad I purchased it. It works well with an MX style helmet with goggles. Works great on a cold snowy night. Little pricey but it is well worth it.
December 31, 2012
this product works great for what it's intended for which is keeping your face warm. however, in a modular helmet like mine the duck bill gets smashed and serves no purpose. not a huge issue. the big issue for me was the interference with my peripheral vision. i can no longer glance over my shoulder to check for traffic. i have to practically turn around before i change lanes. i've only worn it once and am not looking forward to having to wear it again.
November 12, 2012
Not what I expected
I try to ride everyday that I have traction, so when Klim came out with the Arctic, I jumped on it. The problem I have with it is the port that funnels the air away from your visor is open to the elements. That being said, instead of funnelling the hot moist air from my nose and mouth out, it funnels the cold outside air into my face. Now I wear two balaclavas to compensate. If you have gear that supports this vent, it's a great design, otherwise save the money and buy the stealth.
November 5, 2012
Only 1 flaw; but it's a biggie.
I ride motorcycles all year round here in eastern PA..
So I was looking a balaclava that has full coverage.
ie. head, shoulders, chest, and back.
This balaclava has that; EXCEPT it has an opening for the nose and mouth.
And all that opening does is funnel the wind into your eyes.
Otherwise I would have given this Klim Arctic Balaclava 5 stars in every category.
For now a bandana tied over the opening appears to stop the funneling of the wind.
Perhaps when it gets colder and closer to winter; I'll sew a patch over the opening.
So far I've only used this balaclava in 40 degree weather.
I and except for that nose and mouth opening; it's kept me warm.
Even with the opening for the nose and mouth; it's still much better than all the cheaper balaclavas on the market.
October 8, 2012
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Henry C: I live in Alaska where the temperatures in the winter can drop below 0. When this happens it could cost you dearly. I like the breather box and the long wind block skirtDec 31, 2013
Alvin H: Looking for extra warmth while using motocross helmet in very cold weather with 509 goggles. I am hoping that I can use product below 0 Fahrenheit. By the way I very much like the design of your web site and the information available on various products.Dec 4, 2013
Dimitry K asked:I ride with glasses on. Based on what appears to be a fairly narrow opening, how well does this fit if there are glasses and helmet in place?Nov 28, 2013
Loughton S:I've noticed that my glasses tend to fog up more when using this face mask. After pulling it on, put on your glasses and push the bridge of your glasses down on the lower edge of the eye opening. This helps to keep your breath from coming up from below and fogging out your glasses. While riding, I adjust from time to time while at a stop light, or any other time when stopped, to reestablish the seal between my glasses and the lower edge of the balaclava's eye opening. Other than a minor inconvenience...this is a great balaclava.
Daniel R:Good question! I too wear glasses. But I have yet to try them with this head piece. But I have worn similar ones and if you have thin wire frame glasses like I do then they can slip on the outside of the balaclava. Just make sure you angle the glasses to miss your ears cause they can get very sore after a few hours on the road. I hope that this helps you with your decision. Nov 28, 2013