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Old 01-03-2011, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Under Armour face mask - not impressed with performance.

I already owned a Seirus Ultraclava (Amazon.com: Seirus Innovation Ultra Clava: Clothing) but I decided to give the Under Armour face mask a try on my recent trip to Snowbird.

It got tested in some fairly chilly conditions. Lots of snow the first two days. Daily high temperatures of 5F and 11F.

Even though the UA face mask has a better fit & adjustment than the Seirus Ultra Clava (the Seirus constantly shifts lower on my face/mouth/chin), I give the UA face mask a huge FAIL for snowboarding.

Breathing heavily through the UA mask kicked most of that moist breath right into my goggles (Smith I/O), where it would cause them to fog up very quickly if I wasn't moving. It got so bad on the coldest day that the lenses on my I/O froze up completely. I had to stop and switch lenses because it was impossible to see through the iced up lenses.

In all fairness, the breath fog problem I had with the UA mask is a problem that any face covering without holes can cause. The UA mask does it more because it stretches under the goggles easier than the Ultra Clava does.

Another problem I had with the UA mask on the cold days was that the mask itself also froze up. At the end of the 11F day, the part of the mask that covers the nose and mouth was stiff and cold with frozen breath. This is probably due to how thin the UA mask is. The ultra clava has gotten just as wet, but has never frozen on me.

Basically, in my opinion, the UA mask is only suitable for warmer (~25 or above) temperatures or groomer days that won't leave you breathing heavily (as this will fog up your goggles). If the mask had holes in it, then this would fix the fogging problem I had, but you would still have to be careful to keep it from freezing.

I do like how the UA mask fits, so I will still bring it with me on my trip to Jackson in a few weeks
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the review, I was considering buying it but we get real cold temps out here.

Guess I'll keep looking hmmm...!
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the review.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have an UA facemask I got a few years ago, I was never able to breathe through it very well and it fogged up my goggles as mentioned. That's the bad.

The good is that it fits really snugly and stays put well so I'll wear it under another facemask or neckroll on really cold days without putting it over my mouth/nose.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't have a single complaint about my beardski that I've been using for the last three outtings.

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Old 04-06-2011, 06:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I can barely breathe through my UA masks. However, I now wear them under the nose and put a very breathable Ride Qi mask over it. The Qi does nothing for warmth, but it's enough for my nose and adds a little more wind protection overall. This combination is awesome.

What I like most about the UA mask is wearing it under my helmet. My head stays completely dry.

For those considering the UA mask, don't completely discount it. It could be an awesome combo if you have other masks like I do. By wearing the mouth part under your nose, the fogging problem is completely resolved.

If the UA mask is all you are going to have, then I'm with Tarzan. Use it for temperatures in the high teens - 20's. It does get really warm in the 30's. So 20's seems to be its domain.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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