The Option Balaclava by Outdoor Research. This versatile alpine balaclava is stretchable enough to wear as a neck gaiter or a hat when conditions permit. The smooth, stretchy polypropylene fabric offers light insulation and excellent moisture management.
Head into mixed conditions with confidence when you wear the Option Balaclava from Outdoor Research. Thermodynamic fabric provides light insulation and excellent moisture movement to keep your noggin and face warm and dry.
|Avg. Weight (oz./g):||1.8 / 51 L/XL|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Material:||Moisture-wicking Thermodynamic Fabric|
|Outer Material:||68% nylon/26% polypropylene/8% spandex|
|Type:||Balaclava & Facemask|
|Weight:||(L/XL) 1.8 oz. / 51 g|
|Weight [with packaging]:||Large/X-Large: 0.25 lb, Small/Medium: 0.35 lb|
Tried this one on when I recieved it and was convinced I was shipped the wrong product. Looking at the product photo I was expecting the length in the neck to be significantly greater than what it truly is. Maybe I am wrong but isnt one of the purposes of a balaclava is to cover the head neck and face? Just too short at the lower end of the neck and wouldnt tuck in into collar of jacket. Nice fit, feel and construction, I give it that. Just not for me.
BTW measurement from bottom of opening down to seam at the neck is 7 inches / size L-XL
I love my OR Balaclava, I use it for everything from ice climbing to sled ridding. On really cold day I combine it with a thin winstopper hat to retain more heat. It does ice up a bit from my breath when I cover my mouth and nose, but this is to be expected. It has a great fit, not too tight, and the neck doesn't sneak up while I wear it.
I needed something to cover the lower half of my face and neck while on my motorcycle. This works perfectly. Fits under my moto helmet without bunching or getting annoying. Best of all it keeps my bare skin warm down to 25F while going 30-50mph. Worked great on my mountain bike too. Probably looked like a creep but who cares? My ears face and neck were warm.
If you love skiing the pow than you must have the OR Option balaclava. It keeps the freshies from getting into your jacket plus its polypropylene material is super lightweight, packable, comfy, and warm which is a must on the slopes. Plus it stays dry! What more could you ask for?
This Balaclava is awesome. It's not windproof, but it blocks out the majority of the wind that comes against it. It's very warm, and doesn't ride up too much. It looks a bit odd when you wear it as a hat, but it is still functional.