Which balaclava do you use and why?
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Josh Greninger
(thinkpol) - F
Which balaclava do you use and why? on 06/08/2010 08:38:50 MDT Print View

What material is it made of and how much does it weigh? What temp range have you comfortably worn it in? Have you compared it to other balaclavas?

I'm looking at the Outdoor Research Wind Pro right now:
http://www.skdtac.com/Outdoor_Research_Wind_Pro_Balaclava_p/orx.109.htm?1=1&CartID=0
Anyone have experience with this product?

That site says its 2.9oz which seems a bit high.
Is the general consensus that Polartec Power Stretch is the best material for balaclavas? (non high-loft)

Thanks!

Edited by thinkpol on 06/08/2010 08:39:37 MDT.

Josh Greninger
(thinkpol) - F
Marmor Lightweight Balaclava on 06/08/2010 09:55:21 MDT Print View

I couldn't find a listed weight for the Marmot Lightweight Balaclava. Anyone have an approximate figure?

http://www.paragonsports.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=5085847&storeId=10551&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&utm_source=Froogle&utm_medium=P2P%2BFeed&utm_campaign=Froogle_P2P

josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
patagonia on 06/08/2010 10:15:47 MDT Print View

i have the R1 balaclava and really like it. it's light as any other on the market, polartec for maximum warmth and flexibility, and can be worn as a hat, neck gaiter, hood, or full mask.

recommended

Josh Greninger
(thinkpol) - F
Re: patagonia on 06/08/2010 10:24:13 MDT Print View

Before reading your post I scoured the net and couldn't find it! :(

I'm guessing they're not available right now because its summer?
Any idea where I could find one?

Jeffrey McConnell
(Catalyst) - F
mountain hardwear on 06/08/2010 10:44:26 MDT Print View

I use the mountain hardwear power stretch balaclava. I plan on using it on a Mt. Shasta hike in a week and a half. Don't know the low I've taken it down to, but it has worked great. Weighs 2 ounces on my scale.

Edited by Catalyst on 06/08/2010 10:45:48 MDT.

Josh Greninger
(thinkpol) - F
Re: mountain hardwear on 06/08/2010 11:13:32 MDT Print View

Is the Power Stretch a newer version of MHW's "Butter" Balaclava?
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/reviews/display_reviews?forum_thread_id=4726&cat=Clothing%20%2D%20Headwear%2C%20Handwear&cid=52

Ken Bennett
(ken_bennett) - F

Locale: southeastern usa
Powerstretch on 06/08/2010 11:15:23 MDT Print View

I also use the MH Powerstretch balaclava. It's under 2 ounces on my scale, the stretch makes it fit well, and it's fuzzy and warm on the inside.

It also makes a nice pillowcase stretched over my clothing stuff sack.

Jeffrey McConnell
(Catalyst) - F
butter? on 06/08/2010 11:23:37 MDT Print View

This is it here.I'm thinking it replaced the butter balaclava. Those reviews are a few years old.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Which balaclava do you use and why? on 06/08/2010 11:28:02 MDT Print View

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Edited by annapurna on 06/08/2010 22:15:34 MDT.

Juston Taul
(Junction)

Locale: Atlanta, GA
Arc'teryx on 06/08/2010 12:01:01 MDT Print View

RHO Balaclava

Sean Nordeen
(Miner) - F - M

Locale: SoCAL
Re: Powerstretch on 06/08/2010 12:15:01 MDT Print View

"I also use the MH Powerstretch balaclava. It's under 2 ounces on my scale, the stretch makes it fit well, and it's fuzzy and warm on the inside. It also makes a nice pillowcase stretched over my clothing stuff sack."

+1 to all of that.

Peter Griffith
(petergriffith) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
MH Powerstretch Balaclava on 06/08/2010 12:29:37 MDT Print View

+1 on the MH Powerstretch Balaclava. It weighs 1.5oz on my scale. I bought a MH Butter recently for my son thinking I was buying the Powerstretch. The butter is thinner and not as fuzzy and warm as the Powerstretch. Unfortunately, I didn't weight the Butter before returning it. I wear it as a balaclava while sleeping and fold it up to a hat in the morning.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Powerstretch on 06/08/2010 18:50:03 MDT Print View

"I also use the MH Powerstretch balaclava"

+1 Great piece of gear.