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Old 01-08-2015, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Balaclava vs facemask vs built in baselayer mask.

Looking at facemasks...

Big fan of how the airhole balaclava look and seem like they'd function well:
BALACLAVAS €” Airhole Facemasks

But concerned if they get to hot and whether they fit nicely under a helmet?
Imagine they'd block sound and be a squashed fit

Also liking the ride high point tech tee with balaclava built in however I imagine it gets pretty stuffy when temps rise.

http://www.blue-tomato.com/en-GB/product/Ride-High+Point+Tech+Tee+LS-301745030-dark+cobalt/?cr=GBP&_$ja=tsid:46445&adword=Google/UK/PRODUKTERWEITERUNG/Ride/301745030&gclid=CPrSmeHJhcMCFanMtAodHlAAwA

Do most people find neck warmers/facemasks to be the better option?

I know theres a sticky thread on this but it's way too long to sift through
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Looking at facemasks...

Big fan of how the airhole balaclava look and seem like they'd function well:
BALACLAVAS €” Airhole Facemasks

But concerned if they get to hot and whether they fit nicely under a helmet?
Imagine they'd block sound and be a squashed fit

Also liking the ride high point tech tee with balaclava built in however I imagine it gets pretty stuffy when temps rise.

http://www.blue-tomato.com/en-GB/product/Ride-High+Point+Tech+Tee+LS-301745030-dark+cobalt/?cr=GBP&_$ja=tsid:46445&adword=Google/UK/PRODUKTERWEITERUNG/Ride/301745030&gclid=CPrSmeHJhcMCFanMtAodHlAAwA

Do most people find neck warmers/facemasks to be the better option?

I know theres a sticky thread on this but it's way too long to sift through
I had an air hole bandanna (Velcro one) and didn't really like it, it kept falling down. I now have a rip curl neck warmer, just a straight tube pretty much. I don't really like it either but it stays on.
Those balaclavas don't look like a bad option, I'd definitely try one. I imagine it would fit nicely under a helmet.
That said it has to be very cold for me to bust out the neckwarmer cause it will get pretty hot in short order, it's easy enough to take it off and stash it in my pocket though

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I ride in an Under Armor Balaclava. I find it doesn't droop down and it's easy to breath through. It really takes the edge off when riding in -30F temp If I ride in warmer temps or get hot, i either pull it down so basically its over the top of my head and under my chin (easy to do while doing down a slope) or if really warm, wear it like a neck gator (stopping and taking my helmet off).

I used to have one of those tube things, but they drove me nuts because they were always drooping when they got soggy with sweat.
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I have one of these airhole mask. So far I like it. I stays dry all day because of the hole. So do my goggles.
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