Klim Arctic Balaclava
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
Keeps you warm, but eye opening too small
This product keeps you warm and prevents fogging/moisture build up on your visor. Depending on the style helmet you use, the breath opening could become an air scoop.
The eye opening was a big issue for me initially, it is cut close to the sides of my eyes and has thick piping that cut into my peripheral vision totally creating an unsafe situation for me in urban traffic.
I corrected the vision issue by tugging and stretching the opening, but truly feel it should be made wider
November 10, 2013
Great Concept, but...
I bought this balaclava looking forward to the touted anti-fogging properties as I don't have a pin lock visor and ride year round. I tried it on in the house and the fit was good and comfortable. Then I put my helmet on. The "duckbill" completely collapsed inside the chin bar of the helmet, and the previously acceptable seal over the bridge of my nose became wrinkled and pulled down to the tip of my nose. I wear an Akuma helmet which I think has a decent amount of space between my chin/nose and the front of the helmet, but even after removing the small mesh wind deflector from under the chin of the helmet, the "duckbill" completely collapsed making the hood worthless. There is a plastic stiffener inside the "duckbill" that is supposed to keep the breath box from collapsing. But it is so pronounced that there is no way that I can see it fitting under any full face helmet. After closing the visor on my helmet, even in the living room, it immediately began to fog up, and I could feel my breath coming back at my eyes as well. I wear clear glasses under my helmet so I can crack the visor, and both (visor and glasses) were fogging up in the house, so I would imagine its even worse on the bike.
I can't imagine this working for any full face helmet, and it would seem to be unnecessary on an open face or mx style helmet. Very disappointed, but I can't find my packaging, so I guess i'm stuck with a very expensive hood that I can't use.
Sorry the photos are rotated.
November 8, 2013
product has great features and fit
product is great, it allows me to ride without a no-fog mask which is much more comfortable.
April 8, 2013