This is the fleece balaclava preferred by high-altitude mountaineers and Antarctic scientists because it humidifies and warms winter air for comfortable breathing. A special ventilation chamber in its integrated mask lets wearers inhale full, unhindered breaths while trapping a small amount of heated, humid exhalation. The result is a comfortable, fully oxygenated "microclimate" inside the mask with humidity up to 80% higher and temperatures up to 60° F warmer than outside air. Medical studies by the American College of Sports Medicine show such a microclimate is healthier for the lungs, as excessive exposure to cold, dry air can trigger asthmatic symptoms. The soft and durable, medical-grade, microbe-resistant polyurethane in the chamber bonds with the humidity in the air, keeping moisture off the face and preventing fog on glasses and goggles. The balaclava itself is breathable, wind-resistant Polartec fleece, with hook-and-loop flaps shaped to fit comfortably over goggles and helmets; allows wearer to remove chamber without removing the balaclava. One size fits all. (1 lb.)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Good face and lung protection
from Chicago, IL
Bought this mostly for when I clear snow. Keeps my face warm. I originally just bought the mask then added the balaclava because if I get too warm, I can just un-velcro one side. Still have a problem with my glasses fogging up; maybe a good pair of goggles would work better. Still adjusting the valve in the mask to limit the amount of moisture acumulating inside, but it is better than a scarf which freezes up and gets wet after a while. Expensive but worth it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Exactly what was needed
from Pittsburgh, PA
My husband is a letter carrier, he is out in the elements all day. He also wears glasses. This takes care of all problems, he is completely covered and warm, and since it has the ventilation for breathing (instead of a regular face cover) his glasses don't fog up. He is warm but it doesn't overheat him where he is sweating, and then get cold again.
Works in WI
By Frozen in Franklin
from Milwaukee, WI
Dorky looking, but effective in sub zero conditions. My breathing is more comfortable, less labored when using it.Still required a knit cap for the top of the head, Balaclavais not enough by itself. Fulfilled my expectations.
Warms outside air very effectively.
By Debbie the Mom
from Holmdel, New Jersey
I purchased the balaclava for my son. He works in the cold all day. This balaclava actually warms the air he breathes as well as his head, neck and upper body making it an absolute must have for people who work outside. I'm so glad I spent a few extra dollars on the upgrade! It was definitely worth the price!
This product was what i was looking for.
By LW the walker.
from Cookeville Tennessee
I walk early in the morning and this product helps keep my face warm on these cold winter mornings. I can't say enough good things about this product.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I would buy another one any time
from Plymouth IN
I'm a disabled Vietnam Vet. I have had a real badheart attack and need something to keep warm air around my nose when I go out in cold weather.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Cold Weather Traveler
By Cold Weather Traveler
from West Palm Beach, Florida
Subzero Warm Balaclava
By Larry the Tournament Fisherman
from Roswell, Ga.
Velcro piece going over the nose is difficult to adjust while moving during tournaments. It's valuable in hi speeds on water during fishing tournaments in cold weather. I advise one side of velcro nose piece be sewn; therefore staying in place.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Little Chute WI
I like it
Mask a little uncomfortable
from Barrie Ontario
The balaclava portion is excellent. The Velcro attached mask tends to ride up into my field of vision and subsequently I had to remove it to finish the job at hand.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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