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Old 02-06-14, 05:56 AM   #1
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Balaclava/Facemask with mouth hole

Anyone got a link to a balaclava with an actual hole for your mouth?

I'd still like to keep my nose covered. Doesn't have to be thick...current one is a "mid-weight"

My current one has small holes cut in mouth area, but still restricts my breathing and drinking. Tempted to just cut it, but would rather just find the proper one.

Checked Nashbar and Ebay and can't find anything except for a knit three hole facemask.
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Old 02-06-14, 06:12 AM   #2
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Have you checked Walmart?

When I lived in Canada, just about every department store had things like that.
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Old 02-06-14, 06:50 AM   #3
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Actually, I checked two local stores (including Wal-mart) last night.

Neither had what I was looking for...they had either a full mask you can pull up over your nose or wear under your chin, or ones similar to what I have now with the precut small holes in the mouth area.
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All those I've seen are like yours - a series of small holes. I'd cut it.
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Old 02-06-14, 10:14 AM   #5
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Try Sirrius neoprene face masks.
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Old 02-06-14, 10:31 AM   #6
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Try Sirrius neoprene face masks.
I assume you mean Seirus...that is the type I have now. I actually have two, a lighter "breath-thru" one and the midweight.

On a side note, I am learning it is dangerous to google "mouth hole" images. There are some weird people out there in case y'all didn't know that.

I have found a few camo ones for duck hunting (so you can call), but cannot find in a plain color. Will probably try cutting the one I have I guess.
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I have one of the neoprene ones I use for snowboarding. Moisture builds up inside and in low temps it freezes to my beard.
I also find it restricts my breathing more and causes my glasses to fog up more. I find I can only put up with something
covering my face in lower teens and single digits. I vote for cutting what you have if you can't find what you want.
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Old 02-06-14, 01:30 PM   #8
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Yup, the glasses are a problem too when huffing heavy.

I cut it...looks like it will be OK. I put it on and used a white-out pen to mark my mouth on it.

Still covers the nose and moustache area like I want.
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Forums member TuckamoreDew developed the ultimate balaclava for winter cycling. He first posted it here:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=#post16264398

and spec'ed the details here:
http://tuckamoredew.wordpress.com/20...-cycling-mask/
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http://www.amazon.com/Seirus-2880-Combo-Balaclava-Adults/dp/B0067QS1CU


Also comes as just a face mask so you can wear it with a beanie or another balaclava. The bottom of the nose is open and there is a grid of holes in front of the mouth. I get a lot less breath on my glasses/goggles than with a fleece balaclava pulled up over my nose. Much better control of the moisture from my breath as well. The separate face mask is small enough to roll up into a pocket when you don't need it. I often bring one along in case the wind or temperatures change on winter rides.
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Old 02-07-14, 11:26 AM   #11
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That is the exact one I have, Myo.

I like it except for the mouth. I cut two triangle shaped openings on either side of the vertical seam, and now can beathe/drink much easier.
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