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Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Keeping your face warm in the rain? on 08/10/2012 01:14:57 MDT Print View

In extended, windy, cold rain I find that my face gets chilly, especially my nose. I have an REI buff that I can put over like a face mask. I have been thinking about getting the wool buff, warmer when wet. Not very windproof though, but maybe all you need. I haven't tried this yet. I have also thought about taking some kind of poly fabric and cutting it to the size of a shemagh. Just so long as it's not cotton (that would freeze your face off).
Most balaclavas I have found were either too constrictive or would probably be too warm. What would you guys use?

Edited by justin_baker on 08/10/2012 01:15:59 MDT.

Mark Dijkstra
(Markacd) - F
Hat on 08/10/2012 06:09:18 MDT Print View

A good hat with a wide stiff brim might be all that you need. Keeping your face dry may do more than a lot of extra insulation.

wander lust
(sol)
good hood, maybe umbrella on 08/10/2012 16:05:39 MDT Print View

if it is not windy: try an umbrella

otherwise wear a good rain jacket with a good hood and a good and high collar.
you can also wear a baseball cap to keep the rain of your face and just put a synthetic buff over your nose.

Dena Kelley
(EagleRiverDee) - M

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
RE Keeping your face warm in the rain? on 08/12/2012 00:16:35 MDT Print View

What about a neoprene face mask (aka half mask)? They are commonly sold for motorcyclists and snowmobilers...it's not a balaclava, just a wrap-around face mask. It would do a good job keeping your face warm without restricting heat loss from your head and neck the way a balaclava would.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Keeping your face warm in the rain? on 08/12/2012 08:23:08 MDT Print View

My wife and I fight over the Smartwool neck gaiter.

For actual protection and gangsta points I use my Ninjaclava (with the two little stitches cut *thx Bryce*)

But for chilly hiking the SW neck gaiter is pretty nice to breathe through. When it gets too wet, spin it a half turn.

Craig Rowland
(craigr) - MLife

Locale: Pacific NW
Wide brimmed hat... on 08/12/2012 14:43:01 MDT Print View

I find my wide brimmed hat is usually all I need even in bad downpours. Sometimes I'll pull the rain hood up over it to give extra protection. Also an umbrella as has already been mentioned can be invaluable. Even in moderate winds I can angle it to keep rain off my head. I've never found any kind of wet insulation on my face to be much help. Keeping water off the face is the best approach.