Great for full head coverage
I picked this up when I was working outside on Keystone Mountain in Colorado. Whenever the temp dropped below 0, I would use this instead of a regular hat. I also used it on a variety of bike and backcountry adventures, since it is possible the best solution I've found for fighting wind on cold snowy days.
It fits great under helmets, which is why I give it 5 stars. As a standalone piece of gear, its a little thin and frankly, makes you look like a ninja. The only con is that the mouth fleece panel gets a little wet from exhalation, but the ventilation is much better than any other solution I've found. When temps get to -10 and below, that part would freeze, making it very stiff if I pulled it down to take a sip from my camelbak.
Perfect for Snow Sports
Tried on every balaclava and mask available at my local REI, and this one won out by a long shot. First impressions: Not too tight on my neck, and my lips/mouth aren't in contact with the material (a huge disadvantage to traditional balaclavas in my opinion).
Primary use for me is snowboarding - I wear this under my helmet with my jacket zipped up and don't need to wear a hat or scarf. The plus side of this is that it stays put, it protects my skin from the cold and wind, and I can breathe through it. I don't need to constantly adjust a scarf, fix a hat, or pull a wet, frozen mask away from my mouth. On its own, it looks a little ridiculous, but under a helmet and goggles it looks pretty impressive.
Best one I have use yet
I have this clava, but only in blaze hunter orange. I went with the orange incase I have to make a bright signal.
I used this everytime its cold here in Colorado Springs. Makes great head wear for that. I also use it over my head and mouth when I am camping in the cold weather. Keeps my head warm all night!
What I like most is that you can wear it just as a scarf, but if you start breathing cold air, pull it right back over your mouth.
Works at minus 30
I wear this on my snow machine or four wheeler (depending on the season and conditions). Most of my riding is done back and forth to our cabin or hauling material around the cabin for various projects and not purely recreational. I've worn this on the snow machine as cold as -30F. Of course you still need goggles and a very warm hat - but if you've ridden a snow machine you know that face protection is a must.
Effective but not ideal cut
I highly recommend this for cold weather. You'll love it for that. But the eyehole is way to large and open cut. I have a large head but I found the L size to be too large for my eyes/goggles leaving too large of an area exposed (though this also allows you to pull it over your head to make it a scarf).
The prob with the S/M is that it's too tight for my face.
Protects and fits where it matters
The neofleece face panel protects from the wind and elements, while the rest of my head luxuriates in normal stretchy fleece. Even with the neofleece face panel, this was as comfortable as any balaclava I've ever worn. My only beef is that the non-neofleece part could be a thicker fleece, but then it wouldn't fit under a helmet. In cold winds you'll want to wear a hat and some neck protection to back up the normal fleece.
seirus combo clava
The combo clava provided the added protection I needed. I participate in snowshoeing, cross country and walking my dogs. It is warm and has protection for the face & neck. It's a little awkward though when you pull down the face prtection to use as a neck "gaiter" or when you pull the face protection down. That part could use some improvement. For the price I felt it was true to size and a good buy.
I have bought this product again & again
I like this item and I would buy one for anyone who had to be outside during cold or windy weather. I bought one before and lost it but I am happy that I have this new one. The mouth/face guard also helps to keep some of the heat/moisture so you do not inhale cold air. But it does seem to fog up glasses or sunglasses when the mouth/face guard is raised.
keeps my face warm, easy to breathe
This kept my face warm and it was easy to breathe through. I have only worn it out hiking so far, so I wasn't breathing really hard, but it seemed to work well. The part in front of my mouth stayed pretty dry. It was pretty cold when I wore it, so initially I did wear a hat with it too, but I took the hat off as I warmed up.
Lightweight, comfortable and warm!
My son was looking for a face mask that he could wear on daily walks and outings. This mask is extremely lightweight, and very warm. Versatile in terms of wearing options, as well. The only thing I don't like about it is that the shape of the nosepiece and the breathing holes for the mouth section combine to give it a sort of Freddy Kruger look...