Alpinestars Touring Winter Balaclava
Best product I have ever bought for cold weather touring.
This is the best 40 dollars you can buy. You know how when it's so cold outside and you are bundled up but your chin/mouth/face catches that wind that is bone chilling cold? It's gone with this mask. It covers your entire face while having a completely wind proof layer that covers your neck and the majority of the area below. It's about 35 degrees here when I leave for class in the mornings and I am not affected by it at all since I bought this.
November 19, 2013
Best one yet
I have tried other balaclavas, both less and more expensive and the A Stars is by far the best. It fits properly around my face, not so thick that your helmet feels too small, the holes for your nose and mouth actually line up with your nose and mouth and it is actually wind and weatherproof as advertised! The bib is long enough so that it doesn't pull out of your jacket. I can't recommend this piece of gear enough.
November 7, 2013
Great for Commuters
This has been perfect for keeping the wind out at highway speeds on my commute daily. It is also very comfortable.
October 24, 2013
Used once so far seemed to work fine, we got caught in a downpour, stayed dry and warm.
October 17, 2013
Great product for winter riding
For the past 5 summers I've been trying to find the best solution to cover my neck while riding. I've tried multiple solutions and all of them had their quirks or problems. This is the only solution I've found that is easy to use with a full faced helmet. This product provides enough protection and keeps the wind off of you while riding. It is a little hard to get on and off because of the neck area, but it's understandable since they dont' want it to be flapping in the wind against your neck. Great product though, and highly recommend it!
September 16, 2013
Really good performance and great price. Tested in 23 degrees fahrenheit @ 70mph
Bought this item so i could ride in the winter and it really is worth the price. I ride my bike 15 miles @ 70mph to work in the morning, this blocks the bone chilling wind. First time i put it to use the ambient temperature was 23 degrees. If you need protection against the cold wind, this is the item you need to buy. Very satisfied.
May 6, 2013
I just replaced a turtle neck thing with this and wow!
I'm in San Diego, so my opinion on warmth won't carry much weight, this morning it was all the way down to 45º :)
What I can talk about with a lot of authority though is the windproofness. My 25 minute commute is mostly riding down the 163 freeway at 85mph and because I'm only new to motorcycling I don't have any winter gear, so I'm riding in fully vented gear and no chin thing on my helmet.
This thing is very windproof - as in, I didn't feel any wind at all anywhere that's covered by this. I could easily feel the line on my chest where the bib came down to inside my jacket, above that line was warm, below that line was getting blasted.
I would highly recommend this product for windproofness.
January 10, 2013
Works great in cold conditions
I'll ride my bike year round so long as it's not too wet out, or chance of ice on the roads. The biggest chink in the armor, in terms of warmth, I've found is the neck area.
I have a neck gaiter (not motorcycle specific), and this. My neck gaiter is poly-pro fleece, and while warm and windproof, it's a bit bulky under the collar of my jacket and bunches around the chin strap of my helmet. This sometimes results in dreaded "air leaks" where you can feel cold air blowing in at specific points. Not too bad in mild weather, but if it's cold, it can be distracting to miserable.
When I got the A* balaclava, I was concerned because it is made of thin lycra material, and I wasn't sure how well it'd insulate. My first ride put my fears to rest. Even though it's thin, the balaclava blocks the wind so well that it kept me more than comfortably warm. Since it is so thin, and has the bib, there are no air leaks and makes a winter ride pleasant. I have ridden in the mid-30's, and did not feel the need for more insulation on my neck.
The one con I have for it is that you have anything more than a buzz cut, you will have ridiculous looking hair when you take the balaclava off. I've tried to put it on carefully to keep my hair in place, but to no avail. It ups the helmet hair by at least a factor of 2. I carry a comb in my tank bag because of it now. Besides that though, I'm extremely happy with this product.
September 7, 2012