Alpinestars Touring Winter Balaclava
Effective and dependable
I live in California and commute to work on my naked bike 4 out of 5 days every week even in the winter... Rain or shine (more like: Fog). This is my second Alpinestars Touring Winter Balaclava in 3 years. I have three other Balaclavas: 2 from Smartwool and a thinner one from Alpinestars. This Touring Winter Balaclava mostly gets used for the wettest days (although we haven't had a lot of that lately) because of the multi-layered construction around the neck which effectively helps to shed moisture from running down my back. I usually ride with an Aerostich Tranist Suit (which really is 100% waterproof) and this Balaclava helps seal out moisture for me around my neck. It isn't really 100% waterproof and will absorb some moisture but because of the dual collar it's the best you are going to get. It isn't the warmest and doesn't layer well as my other Balaclavas b/c of the big collar... When it is <32F I attempt to double up and will wear a thin beanie over the thin cap. Overall it is a good product, but not the warmest as it isn't insulated. On its own I don't wear it if the temps are over 60F or under freezing but in the winter in CA that is most days.
March 2, 2015
Extends the Riding Season
I commute and I've tried multiple (non-motorcycle) gimmicks to keep the cold air out of my neck area and also to keep my face comfortable for those times when you have to crack the visor to keep the shield clear. This one does the trick. The neck area is fleece lined, but the head area is not, so you won't have to get a new helmet...
February 16, 2015
perfect for cold days
Blocks the cold wind from your upper chest neck and face area
February 15, 2015
Great features, fits as it should
Great balaclava, no seam in middle of forehead as my old one has, comfortable, stops wind and cold, fits under my new helmet with no issues and new helmet fits tight. highly recommend it product.
January 20, 2015
fits good not too tight, does not interfere with helmet fit,
I have only tried it in 40 degree weather however it will be in the 20's in two days then I will give it a real good try and let you know how it goes
January 5, 2015
Product delivers as promised
Fits well and keeps you warm...maybe not toasty warm but makes for comfortable riding in cold temps. Road in 26 degree temps and was comfortable.
December 22, 2014
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