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Old 05-01-14, 11:33 AM   #1
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searching for good balacava...

any recommendations for a good balacava, the main problem i have with them is heat and moisture building up around the mouth and nose, so it needs to be thoroughly vented in that area
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Old 05-01-14, 11:37 AM   #2
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I like the Buff. It's more or less a cloth tube that you pull over your head. You can wear it any way you want - as a simple neck gaiter, covering the mouth and lower part of the head, as a full balaclava, or whatever. You can even turn it into a skullcap if you want to. I'd recommend getting the merino wool one.
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Old 05-01-14, 11:37 AM   #3
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I love balacava! Everytime I get a falafel I order a slice.
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Old 05-01-14, 11:46 AM   #4
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Balacava is beautiful this time of year. Almost as nice as Pyongyang.
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Old 05-01-14, 02:46 PM   #5
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I love balacava! Everytime I get a falafel I order a slice.
but what do you do about the excess moisture around the mouth? that's what bugs me.

BTW, i don't get it (the moisture, that is) with the falafel. but that's just me.
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Old 05-01-14, 04:05 PM   #6
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Old 05-01-14, 04:51 PM   #7
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I've always preferred the Turtle Fur brand, though this past winter was so mild I didn't wear it once. Never had a problem with heat and moisture build up, but that may be an individual thing.
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Old 05-02-14, 02:30 AM   #8
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I have a good balaclava, but I prefer a headband and neck gaiter unless it is really cold.
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Old 05-02-14, 09:53 AM   #9
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I don't ride below 23F anymore, but when I did I experimented with breathing through a toy snorkel from the dollar store. That seemed to help keep the moisture at bay, and helped keep my glasses from fogging. In the low 20's I find I can wear the balaclava just below my lower lip and it keeps my lips warm. Cheap ski-type goggles keep my nose warm.
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I don't ride below 23F anymore, but when I did I experimented with breathing through a toy snorkel from the dollar store. That seemed to help keep the moisture at bay, and helped keep my glasses from fogging. In the low 20's I find I can wear the balaclava just below my lower lip and it keeps my lips warm. Cheap ski-type goggles keep my nose warm.

You ride while breathing through a snorkel?
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Old 05-02-14, 10:57 AM   #11
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Just the tube, letting it exit down to the right. It was just a flexible kid's toy, like a big bendy straw.
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Old 05-02-14, 11:21 AM   #12
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mmm.... baklava.

I would get so warm wearing a baklava, and on tours the bears would love to lick me.

But really, I can not imagine wearing a balaclava, I get so warm biking and it just seems uncomfratable. I prefer a merino wool or fleecey turtle necks with zips. I almost always wear a head band to cover my ears, decades of ear infections from swimming made my ears sensitive to wind. Plus I get the sweat band benefit of keeping sweat out of my eyes.

Does anyone have suggestions for just ear covers to wear in the summer though?
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Old 05-02-14, 11:36 AM   #13
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Old 05-02-14, 12:41 PM   #14
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For cold (Minnesota, we know cold) weather riding I use the neoprene facemasks. The one I used last winter was the Seirus Neofleece Combo Scarf. It's a full lower face and neck mask, not a scarf, despite the name, that closes in the back with Velcro. Stretchy, vent grill over the mouth and holes for the nostrils. Keeps you warm even below zero with biking wind chill. Dries fast and the neoprene doesn't feel as yucky when moist as wool or other materials. Overkill for 40 degree days though. The face mask doesn't cover the top of head, but a less vented helmet and a Gore Windstopper or similar cap works to keep ears and head warm.
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Old 05-03-14, 01:09 PM   #15
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In the rare occasions I ride in the winter months, I use this one, along with ski googles, scarf, beanie, and jacket hood with fur. I think there are some version that include neck protection as well.


Amazon.com: ZANheadgear Neoprene Face Mask (Black): Automotive

Not sure if that's the exact model I bought, but it looks just like that. There are some cheaper prices on ebay and dealextreme.
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Old 05-03-14, 01:17 PM   #16
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Buff here too.

I also have a thin (silk) balaclava, but it's too toasty for anything except the coldest rides. If you're really set on using a balaclava, get the thinnest most breathable you can find.

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Old 05-05-14, 08:55 AM   #17
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The Buff works great on the coldest mornings in our moderate climate - very versatile. I wore mine 1/2 dozen times this winter, but only for the first hour or so - gets too warm after that.
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I use a neck gaitor on really cold days. Pull it up over my mouth when going down hill, then slide it back down when I get too hot.
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Old 05-05-14, 02:16 PM   #19
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I like the pearl izumi. I usually pull it down below my lower lips for breathing. The a neoprene face mask for the really cold.
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