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  • Soft merino wool insulates, wicks away moisture and breathes—naturally!
  • Fine merino fibers are soft and flexible and, therefore, don't itch like other wool
  • 3-panel design with flatlock seams creates a comfortable, functional fit
  • Long length offers excellent coverage
  • Smartwool logo on back


View all Smartwool Men's Balaclavas

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Best Use Snowsports
Hat Style Balaclava
Fabric Merino wool
Moisture Wicking Yes
Quick Drying Yes
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great balaclava for the cold! I love to winter hike and snowshoe...and I'm always froze. I really need to bundle up to keep warm. Stuffing my face down in my jacket or wrapping a scarf around my face was getting old, so I did some research and ordered this balaclava. I love it! It's all wool (which does rub your face a bit but isn't enough so to drop a star) and it keeps my face/nose VERY warm. When I get too warm, I can slip the face portion down under my chin and it stays there. It also stays up on my mouth nose the whole time - it doesn't ride down. I can't get over how warm it keeps me versus how lightweight it is. This is a piece of gear that I'm very glad to have.
Date published: 2012-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Warm for its Weight Just over a year ago I purchased a Smartwool headband for running during cold weather. I discovered the headband worked great for my daily bicyle commute to work, but I really needed something warmer for colder days. I liked my Smartwool headband so much, I decided to try the Smartwool balaclava. This balaclava is wonderful. It is very thin which works great for cycling as it easily fits under my helmet. It is surprisingly warm considering how thin it is. One morning this week was 23 degrees, and this balaclava kept my head and ears warm, and I am not a warm-natured person. I use this balaclava for commuting when the temperature drops below the low 40s. I use my Smartwool headband for temperatures in the mid-40s to low 50s. The low 20s is the coldest I have ever ridden with this balaclava, but I believe it would be comfortable into at least the low teens.
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Little Loose But Does The Job I picked up this balaclava to replace a light weight helmet liner I had been using as protection for twenty to fifty degree days when cycling seven miles to and from work. I needed something that would be warm while also fitting under a cycling helmet. I chose SmartWool as a brand because I use their socks and the fabric feels great while doing all of the things a wool fabric is meant to do. Overall, the balaclava feels good. It slips on just fine, has plenty of lenght to cover the neck, and fits under my helmet nicely. However, the opening was loose on my face. I'd like it to be a little bit more snug and snappy when I pull it up over my nose. Also, I'm not crazy about the seam that runs down the middle of the front of the balaclava. My previous piece had this short-coming and frayed threads right where my mouth met the fabric were annoying. I'm hoping I don't run into that occurance. I ordered the balaclava through the REI site, as the local outlet was sould out. I'd reccomend trying one on before deciding if it's right for you. I still give the item four stars for warmth and weight.
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality and warmth in mid-30s temps Agree the SmartWool balaclava is perfect for cool-weather cycling - I bought my first one over a year ago after trying several other products - this was by far the best! Fits under cycling helmet, and adds a nice layer of warmth cycling in weather 35-60 degrees. Still allows ventilation and when really cold can pull up over my chin. Just bought 2nd one on sale, and this morning doubled them up in 35 degree weather, then rode home with only one balaclava since the weather warmed slightly. Never stinks, dries quickly, and stuffs easily into pocket when not needed.
Date published: 2011-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from too thin for [$] you would think this would be warm enough for all but the coldest temperatures but its too thin to keep ears and cheeks warm in cold weather, you're better off going with an under armour or OR balaclava. good for more mild weather or to wear under a hat, if only it were a little thicker
Date published: 2009-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the flexibility I had one of these for a few years and finally wore a hole in it. Last year I went to replace it and went for a more fancy Outdoor Research model with a bit of structure and breathing holes. I regretted it all season. Maybe it is just me but I really just like having the flexibility of the SmartWool approach -- a simple balaclava that I pull up as the wind picks up.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warm and Thin Easily fits under a helmet. Very good weight to warmth ratio.
Date published: 2013-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great warmth and very thin I've been a bicycle commuter for about 20 years. I've owned many balaclava's in the past. This one is the best. I use mine for cycling and hiking. The coldest here in Dallas that it's been this year is about 28 degrees celcius and it worked very well to keep me warm. Since it's very thin, it fits under my bike helmet easily. It also fits under my chin or over my nose and mouth. I agree with another reviewer that said if your in extreme weather, you'll probably want to suplement with a wind breaker of some sort. Overall, I'd recommend this product highly.
Date published: 2009-12-18
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What is the weight?

Asked by: DCP1
This balaclava weighs approximately 1.6 oz.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-16
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