Balaclavas

The best balaclavas, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 16, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Balaclava Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Eddie Bauer Goose Down Face Mask

A well thought out and useful piece of equipment for really cold weather. I found this beautiful piece of history in a local thrift shop. At first glance, it looked rather peculiar. I knew it had to be old since I hadn't seen anything like this in recent history. After having inspected it, I realized that this was a functional piece of winter gear. The mask is filled with high quality goose down. The material is a tight weave windstopper fabric. The back half of the mask is an elastic material that… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Ridge Merino Balaclava

A full face balaclava that is a strikes a nice balance between light weight, comfort, and warmth. Fit: I have a rather large, bald head, measuring 24 1/4 inches or 61.6 cm or 7 3/4, depending on which measurement you use. Generally speaking, I fall outside of the “most” category when hats are labeled as “one size fits most.” In addition, I have a prominent (i.e. big) nose, which combined with a big head, make balaclavas that fit comfortably hard to find.   Ridge Merino’s balaclava fits… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Icebreaker Oasis Balaclava

Garbage made with nice material. When I put this thing on, the back of it stops about halfway down my neck. WHY would you not cut it so it was long enough to easily cover the back of your neck? The one thing I really need a balaclava to do is to protect my neck from drafts. This alone is enough for me to send it back. The second nail in an already well-sealed coffin is that when I pull it up over my face, a single exhale fogs my glasses over at room temp. The nose flap doesn't help at all. Overall… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
GooseFeet Down Balaclava

Warmest balaclava ever. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava

A great baclava for all your winter needs. I have used this in the Adirondack High Peaks to wear while soaking in some of the best views in the country and to sleep in during winter backcountry camping. I absolutely love mine and it fits perfect, blocks wind, is warm and has some water resistance to it. If needed I always wear a beanie over it instead of under so it doesn't stretch out. I wouldn't recommend wearing a hat under it. To the other reviewer, either you have a knock off or an imperfection… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Fjallraven Sarek Balaclava Cap

Quite nice balaclava. I bought one of this for myself and one for my wife. She is always stylish and I was surprise that she actually liked. This is a very handsome tuck/balaclava. The wool is of good quality and it provides excellent insulation. I found that the wool can be itchy, yes I have lost some of my hair at this point in my life, but I wear an Icebreaker cap under it and that takes care of the problem. It has a nice cap visor, but I found that it can limit your peripheral vision. On the… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava

Outdoor Research's Sonic Balaclava is windproof and well-made. However, the overall design seems for use in mountaineering (and skiing?) only. With goggles, the balaclava performs well. Without goggles, it ranks towards the bottom of the balaclavas I have used. I don't believe backpackers and other non-goggle users will find much value with this product. I bought this balaclava for my climb of Mt. Rainier in 2015. I normally wear glasses, but I wore contacts for that trip so that I could rent and… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Rothco ECWCS Polypropylene Balaclava

Base layer, insulator, and above all vapor barrier, this balaclava is a useful tool to have in your cold weather quiver. All but supplanted by the modern polyester version the polypropylene balaclavas can still be found and are worth looking for if you're wanting vapor barrier over a wicking base layer. Light, small, and inexpensive, yet such a useful thing to have along when heading out into the cold for a day or a week the Rothco ECWCS (Extended Cold Weather Clothing System) Polypropylene Balaclava… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Icebreaker Oasis Balaclava

Warm and snug fitting, with a low profile for excellent comfort. I recently had a backpack stolen from my office, which had been left unlocked as I ran down the hall to answer nature's call. Fortunately, they didn't try to steal my eight-thousand dollar road bike! However, in the backpack were some nice Power Stretch gloves and a balaclava. I had plenty of gloves, so that wasn't a huge loss. But I bike commute to work several days a week, and sometimes that is in the cold morning and evening hours. Full review

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