Alpinestars Touring Winter Balaclava
4 month review
I bought this for the winter and it does exactly what it was meant to do. The reason I prefer this balaclava to others is the fact that the part that covers the head is a thin material, which allows you to wear your helmet(s) that are tight without too much discomfort. The material is also slick so that your helmet slides on and off with ease. The neck warmer on this is also very thick so it helps to keep the wind off your neck. If you ride in cold weather, this is a great piece of kit.
February 14, 2016
Saved my face
Id debated getting a cheaper bala, cuz I'm cheap...but glad I got the A*. The nose piece can easily be pulled down for less fogging, or sort of mashed back up. It's soft, and absorbs a lot of the inevitible snot associated with cold riding. My 2002 Blackburd is my primary transportation, and I had to ride a 90 mile round trip last week in 20 degree temps. I have heated grips, the fly battery gloves, a TPR one piece suit and an electric jacket. With that, good base layers, I was fine. I had my A* racing boots and thick wool socks, and my feet got a little cold, bit to dangerous. I'd tried a similar trip before I had the balaclava, and my chin, neck, and face got really cold. My helmet doesn't seal well and will be replaced next. Great, comfy and warm.
January 28, 2016
Bang for the buck
I'm riding in cold winter of Pennsylvania. Full face helmet didn't do too much to protect the cold air come right to your face so this product is perfect to protect your face from the cold and it goes covers your neck too. It's warm and comfy.
January 27, 2016
Good product but can fog up your helmet
Good product overall with some minor drawbacks:
Stitching in my first one came apart after one week - Replaced under warranty..
Makes your helmet more prone to fogging up - the nose hole construction just doesn't work.
Can shift a bit when putting your helmet on.
Some good points:
Keeps you warm and dry as advertised!
Other than the stitching issue this is a well made bit of kit!
As usual great Revzilla service!
April 20, 2015
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