Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Marysville, WA
Bikes: Trek Portland/Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo/LeMond Versailles
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I ended up getting one, but have not used it extensively yet. I have only had one morning where the temperature was below 30 degrees, and one evening home. I expect to have more opportunities to use it by the end of the winter season, but right now I only use it when it is too cold for the balaclava. As Hezz theorized, it is way too warm for use over 30 degrees. This is a serious cold weather mask.
But, having said all that, it has its good and bad points.
-It is very warm. It covers the neck, ears, and face (including high up on the cheeks).
-It is very comfortable to breathe through. The air is not super cold, but it is refreshing.
-It works well with a bicycle helmet
-Though I have had limited use of it thus far, it is not easy to find a comfortable way to wear it. It seems like if I put it up high enough that it becomes comfortable on my nose that it doesn't get a good seal and fogs up my glasses. If I move it down so it does get a good seal, then it is pushing harder on my nose than I would like. It is hard to find a happy medium, at least on my face.
-The valve for adjusting the air flow can only be accessed when the mask is off. So, if you are riding and decide there is too much mixture going on and want to tweek it, you have to stop, remove your helmet, remove the mask, make the adjustment, then put everything back on again.