Why do such few people wear masks?
I could talk about this thing all day, really. It's amazing how it saved my face last winter! I've used it every week morning for my 30 minutes of running and then 15 minutes on the way to and finally from the busstop. Oh, and for teaching snowboarding on cold Quebec winter days.
First off, I loved the desing of the mask. It's quite nicely designed and modern looking, and best of all, it makes you look serious about your sport, like you're gonna keep doing it no matter what conditions you're up against. And that's exactly what it allowed me to do. It's a system that simply works. The neoprene keeps the wind and melted snow from being felt at all. The fleece inside the face mask piece and on the neck scarf is super soft and cushy, plus, it fits my face really well, so it pretty much feels like a second skin, while the neck ups and balaclavas are just plain annoying. It also love the plentiful ventilation areas, which by the way don't alter the warmth.
One last note: people don't look at you the wrong way when you wear a Seirus mask. They're just surprised because few people wear masks. I mean, any senseful person would likely understand that when it's below zero outside, you ain't throwing on a mask in a street to commit a withdrawal.
Best thing I have for snowy days
I bought this for my last ski trip. Yes, it looks a little funny up, but at least you aren't freezing or getting windburn on your face. It could be useful for shoveling or anything outside in cold weather. I also thought it looked a little funny when I folded it down and was slightly bulky. I think you are supposed to turn it the other way (upside down) when you pull it down, but I'm too busy skiing to do that especially when the weather is variable. It worked well with a helmet and it wasn't so long or bulky that i had trouble zipping my jacket. I ordered a medium, although I am a fairly short female. I would consider being careful not to order this product too small, unless you know you willl be leaving it over your face all day. The velcro is in the back, so remember to watch your hair when you put it on. Overall, I have never found a neck gaiter I liked better in cold conditions. I cannot comment on durability, but I would consider buying another one in the future because it worked for me.
Just what I needed
I bought this product in Dec. 2010 to use specifically for a ski trip I was headed on out west in Colorado. My ulterior motive was for winter cycling.
This product did wonders for my traveling via bicycle during a really harsh winter in the midwest. I don't own a car and commuted to class and around town on the bike. The mask was the best filter of cold air to my face and lungs. The venting holes are great to make it easy to breathe. This product was great everyday, and all day, while I was skiing.
A few times as I was cycling and breathing heavy, my glasses tended to get a little bit fogged, but repositioning the glasses alleviated the problem. Sometimes condensation from your breath would occur and make the venting hole area a little damp but I never found that too be too problematic, as the material dries quickly once inside.
Overall, wonderful product!
Warm yet breathable.
I suffer from asthma and needed something that would warm the air I was breathing without stifling the flow. Also, my face chaps easily in the cold air, and I needed something to protect my skin without being overly heavy. This lightweight mask keeps my face and neck warm while allowing me to breathe. I am an average sized woman, 5'6" 127lbs with athletic build, so I tried a medium. The medium was too big and would slip down my face even when adjusted tightly. I ordered a small and it fits perfectly. The stiff hem used for shaping over the nose and across the cheeks felt a little weird at first, but you get used to it quickly. Overall, a good design.
Great product but I still feel moisture
I have used this to walk & jog my dog at low temperatures and found it to be much much better than just wrapping a scarf around my nose and chin. It's very comfortable, and although I look like a bank robber, I think it's worth it. My only complaint is that by the time I'm breathing heavily through my mouth, the small holes aren't enough to let the moisture escape (vs the nose area which is great) and wish there were a mouth slit instead, or other fabric that wicks away moisture more quickly. Maybe I'm a heavy breather. Overall, I'd recommend this to the lovers of cold weather, but not a cold feeling.
small but effective
I'm using this for winter riding on my motorcycle and it does the job well.
The fleece neck scarf works very well to stop cold wind.
If you are using it for a similarly windy activity, make SURE you get a SNUG fit in the mouth area. If the neoprene is against your face it prevents cold air from passing over your skin and you'll get great insulation, but looseness in that area will cause your mouth to get cold fast if there is a lot of wind chill.
Highly recommended, so far I've used it into the mid 30's with good results.
My lungs are relieved!
Use this for winter training rides in sub freezing temps. Covers my neck and tucks under jersey/jacket. Good ventilation in the nose piece and mouth holes. My glasses do not fog up when riding. Previously I wore a full barclava, and had a big problem with foggy glasses. Now with this and a thin skull cap under my helmet I have no problem. Also easy to pull off if it warms up. After reading some of the reviews that stated the sizing runs big, I elected to get the Med size. I am 6'0" and 190 lbs, and it fits perfectly.
Just what I needed for Rosacea
I have Rosacea so being in the wind, especially cold wind, makes my face burn for a long time after exposure. I have kids who play soccer and I go to every game and I like to walk the dog - can't do those inside. This is a great solution for me when it's too warm to wear my Head Sock but I still need to protect my face. Of course, it's going to be wonderful when it's really cold. I did have to cut the fabric under the nose a bit to allow extra breathing room.
simply awesome & perfect
Perfect design -- very warm & windproof without the claustraphopic feeling, & very easily removed. Mainly I use this for iceboating in the winter where I'm sitting in full wind going ~60 mph on days down to zero degrees (F), where the wind chill is well into negative numbers. I've also used it for backcountry snowboarding where the terrain has been very exposed. Thin enough to fit well inside my snowmobile helmet when iceboating & also fits perfectly with my snowboard helmet. There's no way you'd get frostbite on your face with this on.
Soft and Very Warm
Used this at Breckenridge this winter during 17 degree days with 30 mile per hour winds and it kept my face, ears and neck warm. It is very soft, drys quickly and most importantly keeps you warm. It didn't impede my breathing at all and was a valued accessory especially on the ski lift where it was very windy. You can't go wrong with this accessory whether it be skiing or for other cold weather activities.