It definitely is worth the money. The outer shell…
Price Paid: $40
It definitely is worth the money. The outer shell of neoprene does seem to keep the water out. I ran water on it in the shower and the water does shed off. In heavy rain conditions I will have to see if it passes the test.
It definitely keeps you warm. I actually had to tuck the mouth and nose area under my chin since I started to sweat in mild labor conditions in 40 degrees or more. I wanted to keep the front area around the mouth intact for heavy rain conditions. The fleece lining by the mouth and nose area made my sinuses go haywire. I did wash it so I will see the next time around what happens. Usually I will cut this area out to get good transfer of air flow.
If you are using this clava breathing with no air flow across the mouth and nose area to wick away moisture caught in the material it will become saturated and irritate your skin. This can be resolved by cutting an area out for good air transfer. I would suggest starting small and working it out bigger till you are satisfied. I know it doesn’t make sense to spend this much money then cut on it but you don’t have to much of choice if it gets too saturated or too much bacteria/viruses it causes skin irritation or sickness.
I would suggest having 91% rubbing alcohol with you to saturate the nose and mouth area after use to kill bacteria/viruses. This will also help with wear and tear from to much washing.
I have a large head but it works out better for me to use the Medium size clavas from Seirrus. I noticed the larger ones the nose and face area fall off. It is a more comfortable fit in the larger size but it does not serve the purpose which is to keep my face warm once I start moving and talking.
Do not use with sunglasses. They will fog you must cut mouth area for air transfer or use sealed goggles. I do believe this is a great product and I will purchase again.