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I backed the Shield face mask kickstarter and used it for 2.5 weeks in Breck.
It's my first use of a 'full' face mask - I normally use a buff up to my chin but on cold/windy days I need full cover of my cheeks and nose.
The Shield worked well except for one big issue. Without a mouth hole when moving at speed and breathing rapidly the mask would get sucked against my mouth and you can't breathe.

This was easily fixed by cutting a small diamond mouth hole and had no further issues.
They may be doing a mouth hole for future releases.

Otherwise the fabric was good, soft on the inside and blocks all wind. If it gets very cold the fabric goes stiff.

It did its job for me on the trip. As mentioned I cannot compare to other face masks though.
 

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Mizu is blackstrap easy to pull up and down frequently and does it stay in position? I'm sick of neck gaiters always falling off the back of my head after pulling them down.
 

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Mizu is blackstrap easy to pull up and down frequently and does it stay in position? I'm sick of neck gaiters always falling off the back of my head after pulling them down.
Yep, one main reason why I really like them!!!!! I only wear it once I'm at the top and ready to ride, or on an open chair, with the rest of the time down under my chin!!!!!

Plus they stay put!!!!! I always had heaps of trouble with other brands moving around but the BlackStrap is just a well cut bit of fabric!!!!!
 

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I've tried a bunch of things.

So far, the best one has been the Buff. But I don't use it because it's too cumbersome to take off.. and I can't drink from my camelbak with it.

I use the outdoor research Yowie's (or thermal yowie's on really cold days). No fogging if you fold it right.. but you have to fold it right around the nose. It's really easy to pull down and pull back up once you get used to it. Thing doesn't freeze either.

I've also tried the celtek facemask, the nike pro combat facemask, the under armour facemask, the dakine maurauder thing, the shemaugh thing (which is my favorite in theory but the thing gets soaked once and is ruined!), and an airhole bandana. You could say that I have a problem.
I was using a buff last season and while pretty good it would get wet and then absolutely freeze solid.
Excited to try airhole this season, they have quite a few material options so they musta nailed something down right.
Back to the buff, I gotta say mine was solid for a few hours of shred and it also worked great in complete opposite, dry hot conditions on a weeklong crazy Nevada desert trip(you know the one)
 

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I was using a buff last season and while pretty good it would get wet and then absolutely freeze solid.
Excited to try airhole this season, they have quite a few material options so they musta nailed something down right.
Back to the buff, I gotta say mine was solid for a few hours of shred and it also worked great in complete opposite, dry hot conditions on a weeklong crazy Nevada desert trip(you know the one)
Which buff were you using? They make a neck gaiter (that I love for warmer or sunny days) but they also make a full face mask that's meant for motorcycle helmets. It's the full face mask that I'm referring to when I say it works the best, but unfortunately it doesn't allow you to open up the mouth piece to drink or eat...

For wet days I usually go with the arctic Yowie. It worked great yesterday. It's just a regular yowie with a second layer of fleece on it. The fleece traps all the moisture so you don't have to worry about it freezing. It can get really warm though... I'd only bust it out at 25 degrees or lower.
 

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iheartraves.com has a killer sale on their neck/face masks. sick designs.. dont wait! iheartraves.com/collections/masks-bandanas
 

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iheartraves dot com is having a huge sale on their elastic face mask things. good for covering and sweet graphics. not much warmth tho.
 

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So i picked up one of Air Hole's neoprene masks earlier this season for a bargain to try it out. I have all sorts of Air hole masks and i am a big fan, since everything else i try ends up fogging my goggles (I run hot, so i breathe hot air, and even a thin mesh in front of my mouth feels restrictive)

Verdict: I'll stick to their standard 2 layer masks.

Extra warm neoprene, with mesh-like ventilation all over it, that lets lots of cold wind straight through. Inner layer of material gets soaked (sweat? melted snow?), negating any warmth that the neoprene could have given me. Actually no, the neoprene does work, and keeps my face quite hot when i am not moving and there is no wind, resulting in massively fogged goggles. Then cold again when i am on the lift or going down the mountain.

Granted it was 10 degrees f and a powder day (face shots every turn), but i have never had fogging with any of my other air hole masks so i was disappointed. At least they werent full price
 

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Anybody know somewhere you can still get the UA hood? Almost bought one a couple years ago at Tj Maxx to wear for football practice before I started riding. Kicking myself now for passing up on it.

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Anybody know somewhere you can still get the UA hood? Almost bought one a couple years ago at Tj Maxx to wear for football practice before I started riding. Kicking myself now for passing up on it.

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Check out SA fishing face shields. Versatile and a lot of designs, I have a few thin ones and a few fleece versions.
 

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Hey guys,
Like most of you I've been pretty frustrated with my facemasks. I've been snowboarding for 15 years and have yet to find one that actually works well and doesn't get soggy, freeze, make it hard to breath, or tangle/shift other gear.

I went to school to be a product designer and for my senior thesis, designed (what I believe to be) the perfect facemask. I'm looking to develop it and bring it to market and would love to hear what you guys think.
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It's designed to work with your goggles (won't fog them), gloves/mittens (don't have to take them off to use it), hat, helmet, headphones (has an access hole so you can take your headphones out without taking everything off. It also relieves the pressure from pushing earbuds into your ears all day), and even a camelback (or granola bars, cigarettes, joints, w/e. You still have easy access to your mouth). It will trap hot air when you're sitting still (on the lift) but allows air to flow through when moving. Because the shell is sitting off the skin, moisture will condense on that surface keeping your face dry. It is also designed to be washable to get rid of excess sweat/moisture. It also has a magnetic quick release that allows you to take it off and put it on quickly, like pulling a gaiter up/down.

It is modular, for different levels of protection: a lite version, for sunny days, a mid-weight for cooler, snowier days, and an expedition-class, for those fuck-off cold days or when you're swimming in powder. It has a cloth headpiece that will be customizable (colors/patterns,) and the hard shell can be customized with color, patterns, graphics.

The actually face piece will be similar to your goggles in construction. Foam strips where it makes contact with your face. A soft rubber spacer to create an air cavity. And a hard plastic "lens" that will be interchangeable/repairable.

In the future I see this having conduit running through to heat it or possibly a bluetooth microphone. Ideally it will provide some sort of protection against branches slapping you in the face and possibly even providing a little extra oxygen should you become buried (these are not intended benefits yet.)

I'd love to hear what you like/don't like. How it could be better, or if there are any pain points I've missed.
Thanks!
GRAE
 
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