Alpinestars Touring Winter Balaclava
This should have been R&D tested.
Unfortunately, this is one of those products that was probably faxed over to the sweatshop factory with little or no testing time in the intended environment. It's a winter touring balaclava supposedly, but it's definitely not up to the job. At first it seems nice with the double layer collar thing and the water proof neck cover but there is a pretty unforgivable aspect to the product and that is the face material. The fit is nice but there is no thermal backing or windproofing on the chin. The thing should be waterproof and windproof from the upper lip down. What this means is basically your chin freezes if you ride in the cold. Seriously, I want to start my own riding gear company because no one ever gets it right. The Revit Amazon GTX did the face warmth aspect better but they didn't make it long enough. If any of these companies are listening, we need a long, waterproof (not just windproof), warm, securely fastening balaclava for under 80 bucks.
November 9, 2014
gets the job done
Good product. Thin material. Fits in helmet nice and comfy. Protects the neck. Only draw back is that the nosecond hole is really small. Needs to be larger
November 3, 2014
Saves me on cold mornings
This was recommended to me by George at RevZilla. Im still trying to decide exactly how to wear the outer gortex layer. I've just been tucking both layers into my jacket. I ranked air flow poor, because that's the idea...this keeps all the air off my neck. Coldest I've ridden is mid 40s at highway speeds.
Only drawback is that it causes fogging at stop lights.
Slightly more expensive than I cared for, but so far it's made cold rides doable.
October 6, 2014
Excellent for cold weather neck protection
Fit and finish are great. Keeps me warm on those cold Michigan mornings.
May 18, 2014
That balaclava is fantastic!! I never used a balaclava for riding before, and used to use a neck warmer instead. That balaclava does a great job keeping my entire head warm, especially the neck/shoulders and upper chest area. It's easy to wear (as long as it's before wearing the jacket - or else, you would have to take the jacket off, put on the balaclava, then the jacket). I rode in 20'F temperature for hours, speed ranging from 30mph to 60mph, and it held on very well. It complements your winter jacket and keeps your neck and chin warm and comfy.
March 10, 2014
Protects againts biting cold
This makes a huge difference in biting cold weather. Definitely a must in the winter months.
February 26, 2014
good protection from the wind for my face and upper chest/shoulders area, I recommend. Keeps me warm
January 16, 2014
Must have for winter riders
Style - It's all black, looks good.
Comfort - Incredibly comfortable. It fits perfectly with my Alpinestars Drystar Lucerne jacket. I don't even realize I'm wearing it...which is a good thing!
Protection - I just wore this in 32 degree F weather to work on the highway 16 miles. My head or neck was never cold. Shows how good the protection from wind and cold it is. It is a winter balaclava afterall....
Air Flow - Excellent as in you get none in the winter time. From the title it is supposed to be for winter. You don't want air flow and you won't get it from this. Works perfectly for winter.
Features - Air and mouth holes. Sits around your neck and shoulders under jacket. Very light and extremely warm. You can also tighten it up if you have a small neck.
January 15, 2014