REV'IT! Amazon GTX Balaclava
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
Excellent Balaclava, does its job
The key to keeping warm is blocking the wind. I have worn the GTX Balaclava in 30 degree + temps and many rain showers and does a great job at blocking the wind and rain around the v-neck area. It is extra then on scalp therefore doesn't impede my helmet fit and allows great breathability. The neck area is thin so I wear it with a fleece neck balaclave and it works like a champ. if there was one thing i would change to it is to make the back of the balaclava slightly longer down the back but other than that this balaclava is top notch and highly recommended. I give it a 5 for 5 because it works exactly as it is suppose to do.
December 9, 2013
Keeps your warm at 40 degree rides at 60+MPH rides
Easy to put on and take off and the top material is thin to avoid causing fitment issues with your helmet. Plenty of material to tuck into your jacket which is windproof. I rode over an hour at 40 degree weather at 60-100mph speeds and never felt any wind getting through or feeling chilly/cold.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who commutes or has those late Fall and early Spring rides and don't want to come back to the house with a frozen face.
April 3, 2013
Just what I was looking for
I wear a size 7 3/4 hat and was afraid that the size large would not be a big enough balaclava ... but it fits fine. Appears to be very well made.
January 17, 2012
Does what I need
This does exactly what I need. It blocks the cold air from getting to me between my jacket and helmet. Adds that layer of warmth to ride in colder temperatures. I gave Air Flow an "Excellent" as it performs as designed and blocks all of it .
I read one reviewer that pulled it under his nose to prevent fogging of his helmet. I found that the holes under the nose are adequate and there is minimum fogging. Of course my helmet leaks air everywhere and that may have a lot to do with it. Since my helmet has always open vents at the top this balaclava helps keep me warm. In colder weather I may plug those openings.
Easy on and off, no lines on face, have not ridden with it in a down pour to date. I wear it outside the collar of the jacket.
Definitely would recommend this product.
November 28, 2011
No more water leaking through your collar!
I've had this for about 2 months now, and i've had several chances to try this out in torrential rain. It does it's job really well in keeping water out of your jacket collar. Whats the point in having the best waterproof jacket if it leaks from the top?
Well this is a great solution for riders with that problem. It's comfy, doesn't have any sew seams so you won't have marks on your face when you take the helmet off.
The gore-tex only really starts from your chin downwards but it starts higher at the back of your head. That's good because the top part is comfy and not crunchy like the gore-tex. It fits over any collar and can be tightened from inside. What you don't see from the pictures is a really nice big patch of reflective material behind. The striped type one on all of rev'its gore-tex line. The ears have a nice mesh kinda fabric which is thinner for your helmet speakers! how thoughful, but honestly i don't think there's any difference.
My only problem with this is that it covers your nose so it kinda creates fog inside your helmet. I push it under my nose and after expanding the fabric over extended use it isn't uncomfortable anymore. There's a mesh panel where you breathe through your nostrils supposedly to let air out easier, it doesn't really do the job and it's slightly uncomfortable on my lip when i lower it under my nose because it's stitched onto the rest of the fabric.
All in all, it's relatively comfortable and it does its job. But kinda expensive for a balaclava.
May 10, 2011