REV'IT! Amazon GTX Balaclava
The small fits very snug for a person that wears a Large Helmet
It was a little too snug at first, but I think it will be OK. I think I would still buy the same size again. I have not tried it in the rain so I cannot give feed back. It seems like it would be OK as long as it stays around my jacket collar at speed in the rain.
April 19, 2016
Expensive, but works well.
I purchased this product as I was having a soggy underpants issue with my rain gear, which I figured must have been from water coming in through the collar.
Received it yesterday and luckily (?) managed to hit a big downpour of rain on my way in to work this morning. Underpants remained dry. So it was a success story.
I'll go into bullet point mode for the rest because I can't form sentences:
- Keeps your neck "just right" temperature wise, warm enough to not feel cold, airy enough to not sweat
- Keeps water out, which was the main goal for me
- Feels good on the top of your head
- Ear vents, so bluetooth speakers have less between them and your ears
- Main problem, I think the rear should be as long as the front or at least a bit longer, it makes it really annoying to get over my collar
- The waterproof neck part lining stops a little bit lower than I would have liked, so you get a bit of hard fabric touching you sometimes
- You can feel it's there a bit when you twist your head, but nothing terrible
- The eye hole could be wider, when head checking I can see it in my peripherals a little
I got a size Large.. my helmet is a Bell XL (which is maybe a little too big for me) for comparison. Fits fine, has a bunch of stretch areas. I think a medium would be fine for me as well, but figured better to be larger than too small.
Anyway, I'd recommend this product.
April 11, 2016
I use this mask doing cell tower work, which includes prolonged exposure to cold and wind, and it performs very well. The only improvement I would suggest is a little more length in the back. Occasionally I get a little draft from the back side. I also use the balaclava when riding atvs in the winter. Overall I'm very pleased with the product.
January 26, 2016
second to none in the rain
I bought this for a ride down to Alabama last week. It was 30 degrees out and this blocked the wind and kept me warm. During the week there were downpours. This kept me completely dry. The nice thing about this balaclava is that it goes over the collar. I recommend this to anyone who rides.
March 16, 2015
From a Fourseason rider
The long and short of what I want to conclude in this product is that from 15-25° this Balaklava can perform remarkably well
The only downside is that this item does cost quite a bit
However remarkably the quality is surpassed by anything else I have ever used for full winter season
I wore it inside fullface helmet and my face remarkably warm while still free it is waterproof from the chin down not really a whole lot above that
July 9, 2014
Great piece of gear
Got to use this recently on a trip in the high country of Colorado, Utah and Arizona. I put this on as temperatures were dropping into the mid/low 50's. Instant improvement. It fits unobtrusively under my helmet and the mesh near the mouth/nose prevents fogging while moving. Haven't had the chance to check waterproofness yet, but I am confident that it will perform as advertised. Will check back in once I've used it in the rain.
May 22, 2014
Very nice balaclava
I love this GTX Balaclava. I wear Motoport gear and an Arai XD-4 helmet. Expensive but the best part of this balaclava is that it fits outside the collar and its stiff enough that when you turn your head it turns also and keeps the "umbrella" covering the collar all the way around. Have never used the draw string. No leaks at all. Have worn this at 20 degrees and in downpours on BMW f800gsa. Excellent!
April 28, 2014
I have a big pile of balaclavas in the closet. I haven't touched any of them since I got the Rev'it! I wear a Motoport jacket, the liner of which fits very tight at the neck. Any 'clava thicker than silkweight chokes, and makes turning my head difficult. And if the 'clava isn't waterproof, then it just wicks water onto my shirt, which makes for misery.
I was a little wary about the over-the-jacket design (and $60 price tag), but this 'clava does not disappoint. The skull cap is thin enough to be barely noticeable under the helmet. The eyeport is stretchy enough that I can pull it under my schnoz to minimize fogging of the faceshield, and it's waterproof, so I don't get wet.
Quibbles: the drawcord is difficult to grab properly with gloved fingers; and, like other 'clavas, putting on sunglasses through the eyeport can be a bit of a literal pain.
This is now an indispensable part of my inclement weather riding kit. And it folds up tight enough to stuff into any pocket on my jacket or pants.
I highly recommend this to anyone who rides in the rain or cold.
January 31, 2014