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Mountain Hardwear Butter Balaclava

in Clothing - Headwear, Handwear

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5.00 / 5 (3 reviews)

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Craig Shelley
( craig_shelley )

Rocky Mountains
Mountain Hardwear Butter Balaclava on 11/13/2006 12:46:04 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

This is one of my favorite and most used pieces of clothing. It is a lightweight polyester/lycra balaclava that weighs 35grams (my measurement). It takes up very little space. During the winter, I wear it as a balaclava. At night, I wear it to keep a small fleece cap on my head (it can come off without the balaclava). In the summer, I roll it into a band to keep the sweat from running down my face. Sometimes I breath though it to keep from loosing so much heat through respiration. It dries quickly. In short, I take it with me on every hike or backpack, every day of the year.

b d
( bdavis )

Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
MH Butter Balaclava on 01/26/2007 12:59:45 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I entirely agree with Craig S.' review. I carry this item with me everywhere once the weather turns cool or cold. I wear it over or under my Mountain Hardwear Micro beanie, and both of them under my trek hat if there is bright sun or weather. MH webpage for the item is at:

MH Butter Balaclava

Mine weighs 1 oz. on my scale, it rolls up into a small ball that fits in pants pocket or pack side pocket.

With a vegetable bag used as a wind and rain/snow barrier it works great.

Baggie Balaclava over MH balaclava

I have tested it in 0 F to 32 F during this winter and it is helpful to breath through it sometimes, although a wool item might be a bit better. It works to shield but not eliminate wind and it is, IMO, a bit cooler than a wool head wrap, or the PossumDown beanie for certain.

Given weight and performance, and the fact I carry it with me all the time this is a definitely highly recommended item when it is combined with a beanie, Possumdown or synthetic, or any other.

Edited by bdavis on 01/26/2007 13:01:56 MST.

Joshua Burt
( idroptapul )

The Smokies
MH Butter Balaclava on 05/15/2007 21:46:48 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Another 5 review.
This is an excellent layering piece with a great deal of versatility. It's my all-season "just in case it gets cold" headwear.

My only gripe, which is pretty unreasonable so it doesn't affect the score, is that after about 3 years of heavy use it has lost some of its stretch.

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