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Recent Balaclava Reviews

Outdoor Technology Basics Yowie Facemask

rated 5 of 5 stars This Yowie has it all and style too. Its versatile in how you want to wear it depending on your activity. Wear it from a hat perfectly styled for running to full face mask for blazing the trails in mountain snow. This balaclava has such great versatility due to the four-way stretch of the fabric.  It stretches and forms where it needs to. Great breathability when worn over the mouth and nose. Good wickability when worn as a hat or under a helmet. Colors last without fading and match your favorite… Full review

Buff Original Buff

rated 3 of 5 stars After getting used to it, wearing the Buff has added a layer of protection from the elements, while doing a fine job of wicking away moisture. The Original Buff is 100% polyester microfiber, seamless, and is very soft. It's actually softer than that really old, worn-out T-shirt you can't get rid of. And for any of you who have one of those old T-shirts, you know how incredibly soft that is.  At the heart of the Buff is adjustability and versatility. The company shows 13 different ways to wear it. Full review

Buff Merino Wool Buff

rated 5 of 5 stars The versatile and simplicity of the BUFF makes it the number 1 necessity when traveling, hiking, or camping. I've never carried a piece of headwear with me so much. My fiancé swears she's going to throw it away someday! She's tried buying me other hats or even another BUFF, but only the BUFF Merino Wool will do. I mainly use it as a neck gaitor, beanie, or balaclava. Very versatile and useful when camping in cold weather or sitting at home. Highly recommend this my friends. I'm an unpaid spokesperson. … Full review

Buff Merino Wool Buff

rated 5 of 5 stars Yep, merino wool does stay soft and comfortable for "allergic" wearers. Longer than the regular synthetic Buffs, same multiple options, no worries about melting at the campfire or smelling over time. I bought another for my daughter's birthday to wear on campus -- very stylish. Yep, merino wool does stay soft and comfortable for "allergic" wearers. This is the first time in over 50 years I've bought a wool product, and I am impressed. The wool Buff is several inches longer than the regular synthetic… Full review

Talus ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I keep this piece of gear with me all the time now. Keeps moisture off my face and my whole body warm. Two-piece system is nice. You can stuff the ventilator in your pocket and just wear the balaclava. Full disclosure, I work for Talus and have been an avid outdoorsman my whole life. I love being out in cold weather and this product helps me stay comfortable all day long.  While there could be some improvement, this is the best mask I have used so far.   The balaclava hood seems big, but gets… Full review

Buff Original Buff

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Original Buff will give you the confidence you need to tackle all outdoor tasks. The first thing I did last Thursday was rush to my mail box to open the package that had my Original Buff inside. As soon as I placed it on my head, my entire world changed. A few of the things that happened were I could protect my neck, face, and ears from the sun all at once! I felt totally rad when I used its skull cap mode, kinda like a pirate. The ladies seem to totally dig it. Another thing you will find with… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Hardface Stretch Convertible Balaclava

rated 5 of 5 stars Keeps your face nice and warm! I don't know about you, but when the temps drop, and especially when the wind is blowing, my face gets really cold. And who wants to breathe in all that chilly air? There are times when a warm beanie just won't do it all. So I bought this item for dog walking on chilly mornings and for winter hiking and camping. It's made of "stretch fleece"; a woven outer side backed with soft fleece inside against the skin. It dries quickly when damp from sweat and condensation… Full review

Matarik Powderhound Bandanna

rated 4 of 5 stars This balaclava mask is designed for powder days. It will keep you warm in the harshest conditions. This neck gaiter is waterproof breathable with a zippered vent on the front for breathability and moisture control. I tried this thing out skiing and it worked great. When I was on the lift and it was snowing sideways I zipped it closed. When I was charging hard I unzipped it and was able to breathe. I would make a few modifications though; Less is more. It seems that the ski mask could do without… Full review

PolarWrap Exchanger II

rated 5 of 5 stars Helps keep core temperature. Reduces condensation inside tent or tarp. I initially purchased the Polar Wrap Warm Air Mask for the heat exchanger, to use my out-breath to warm my in-breath because Montana winters are severe. This helps maintain my core temperature. For backpacking, it is my experience the Exchanger II does not impede my breathing at all. I also found out I am able to extend the sleeping bag or sleeping quilt comfort rating to lower temperatures. I also do not have the same condensation… Full review

Top-Rated Balaclavas

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Technology Basics Yowie Facemask reviewed Sep 16, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Buff Original Buff reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$12 - $20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Buff Merino Wool Buff reviewed Mar 19, 2014
$25 - $32
Talus ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava reviewed Jun 25, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Hardface Stretch Convertible Balaclava reviewed Jan 11, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Matarik Powderhound Bandanna reviewed Dec 6, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PolarWrap Exchanger II reviewed May 24, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Seirus Ultra Clava reviewed Feb 11, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Seirus Combo Clava reviewed Feb 11, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Airsheild Flex Balaclava reviewed Jan 5, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gator Sports Gator Duo reviewed Jan 2, 2011
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava reviewed Dec 15, 2008
$42 - $43
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Campmor Lightweight Polypropylene Balaclava reviewed Oct 23, 2008
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research WS Gorilla Balaclava reviewed Oct 17, 2007
$56 - $57
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Lightweight Alpine Balaclava reviewed Jan 19, 2007
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sir Joseph Camp 5 - Down Mask reviewed Jan 5, 2007
Rab Shadow Balaclava
Outdoor Research Duoclava
Buff Cylcone Buff
Ibex Indie Quick Link Neck Warmer
Outdoor Research Soleil Balaclava
$13 - $20
DaKine Balaclava
$12 - $24
Ibex Balaclava
SmartWool Balaclava
Mountain Hardwear WayCool Bandana
$20 - $29
Outdoor Research Catalyzer Ubertube
Patagonia Merino Midweight Neck Gaiter
Outdoor Research Helmetclava
Buff Balaclava X Tech Buff
Buff UVX Balaclava Buff
Mammut Zion Mammut Headband
686 Strap Face Mask
Manzella Windstopper Balaclava
$27 - $34
SmartWool NTS Micro 150 Neck Gaiter
$22 - $29
686 Forest Bailey Cosmic Balaclava
Rab MeCo 165 Balaclava
Buff Polar Buff
$20 - $29
Marmot Super Hero Balaclava
$45 - $59
Outdoor Research Active Ice Ubertube
Patagonia Re-Tool Neck Gaiter
Fjallraven Sarek Balaclava Cap
Seirus Dynamax Quick Combo
Turtle Fur Micro Fur Balaclava
Outdoor Research Face Mask
$28 - $29
Seirus Combo TNT Headliner
Mountain Hardwear Airshield MCZ Balaclava
The North Face Boreas Wind Gaiter
The North Face Underballa Balaclava
$34 - $35
The North Face Impulse Cover It
Black Diamond Dome Balaclava
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