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Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby QuickChick » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:15 pm

Has anyone seen a balaclava anywhere that has coverage over the bridge of the nose, cheeks and chin, but with a hole for the nostrils and mouth? I have a RR balaclava, and I absolutely hate the feeling of coverage over the nose/mouth. I feel claustrophobic and I hate the feeling of the moisture from my breath against the inside of the balaclava.

I suppose I could cut up my RR one... hmmmm...
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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby turd ferguson » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:27 pm

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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby phorunner » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:59 am

i have the old RR balaclava that had mesh over the mouth, so I just cut out the mesh part (really close to where the seams are stitched). Looks a little silly, but it's comfy, so it doesn't bother me.

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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby Avis » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:22 am

You could also try looking in ski shops; I know that blaclavas with mouth openings are available...
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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby MINITEE » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:38 pm

Avis wrote:You could also try looking in ski shops; I know that blaclavas with mouth openings are available...


I would second this suggestion. Balaclavas in general are too heavy for me, so I wear my ski ones. They are usually much thinner and more breathable. I have a couple of nice ones from Bula, and my fave is a fine knit merino wool "Buff" which is long enough that I can make a balaclava out of it.
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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby fingerboy » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:29 pm

I do pretty well with the ski one. Whatever that popular company is - the label rubbed off on mine - starts w an S. It's only a face/bottom half one, and I pull it down if I need too (which is if I'm way up tempo) but can re-cover my face for periods of time to warm up again.

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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby erinmcd » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:47 pm

My SS gift was one of those neoprene ski ones- it's ridiculously warm, and has lots of holes in front of the mouth so it's easy to breathe through.
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Postby Lazagna » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:41 pm

erinmcd wrote:My SS gift was one of those neoprene ski ones- it's ridiculously warm, and has lots of holes in front of the mouth so it's easy to breathe through.

That one came from MEC and that is why I chose it. It has lots of slots and would be what I would want.
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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby ian » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:22 am

I also have a ski balaclava (Mountain Hardwear) with small vents for the nose and mouth. Breathing is just fine with it, and in fact the thing is so toasty that I don't use it until about -25. Above that and I just cover the forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck with two buffs and a toque.

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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby fingerboy » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:00 am

I think the company is Seirus or something FYI

http://www.seirus.com/Masque-Intro

the one i have had a part neck fleece: http://www.seirus.com/snow-sports-detail/1356

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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby Cupcake Girl » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:54 am

+1 for MEC.

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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby QuickChick » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:26 pm

I think I will try phorunner's suggestion of cutting the mesh out of my rr one- I really don't want anything over my mouth, even if it's mesh. I'll check ski places too to see if there is one ready-made with the opening for the nose/mouth. Thanks!
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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby Sir Crashalot » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:29 pm

Leave the mesh on. For the most part, you can pull the nose/mouth area down till it is just under your lip. It is actually quite comfortable this way. Once the weather turns seriously bad, pull the thing up & be done with it. Just a question of getting used to it... trust me!
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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby QuickChick » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:18 am

Haha, I look at those and my stomach just turns and twists in knots!! When you say you have to get used to it, was there ever a point at the beginning at which you were actually freaked out by having your nose/mouth covered? Irrational or not, that's where I'm at!
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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby Sir Crashalot » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:20 am

QuickChick wrote:Haha, I look at those and my stomach just turns and twists in knots!! When you say you have to get used to it, was there ever a point at the beginning at which you were actually freaked out by having your nose/mouth covered? Irrational or not, that's where I'm at!

The 1st time I had it on, just could not cover the mouth & nose area. Once the thermometer dipped below -10 & whatever the windchill factor (while riding the bike) was, covering the mouth & nose area became natural...
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Re: Balaclava that won't suffocate? :)

Postby HCcD » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:56 pm

Hey QuickChick,

What about the Beardo Hat ?? :shock: :lol: :wink: http://www.beardowear.ca/

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