I have a beard and generally don't use anything but still will toss on a bandana from time to time although the last time I did it froze solid. I have one of those neoprene super duty masks and while they keep you very warm I just don't like it that much. I just got the UA hood after reading all of the positive posts on here about it. First impressions are that it's nice and comfortable and seems warm. I'll find out tomorrow when I go to Greek peak to ride the 6 inches of fresh powder! If anyone from this forum is there I'll be on a k2 zero and wearing some green pants.