Balaclavas shield your head perfectly from the cold!
When planning a tour in low temperatures, protection against the cold becomes an important safety issue when it comes to the choice of gear. A balaclava is an effective way to minimize heat loss via the head and protect the face from cold and frostbite as much as possible.
Models that boast a larger face opening can also be worn as neck warmers and beanies. This one product can do the job of several pieces of gear and makes for great backup in your luggage on long trips!
You should always include a balaclava in your luggage in case of emergencies.
Be it mountaineering, alpine touring, skiing, free riding, ski mountaineering, hiking or winter hiking, a balaclava is a practical item for all outdoor activities. Effective face protection makes a day spent in a snowstorm or a frosty night in the bivouac much more comfortable.
Synthetic fibers or natural functional fabric? Preferably a blend!
Most manufacturers use either wool, fleece or a combination of synthetic fibers and wool. Whatever you go for, the fabric must be warm, breathable and wick body moisture outwards. The perfect combination of comfort and functionality. A good balaclava should be suited to the temperature range. When mountain hiking in the summer, a lighter variant made of Windstopper material is enough to handle any sudden bad weather. Products for use on expeditions or in the dead of winter make use of greater material strengths with better thermal output.
Ski masks are ideal during foul weather on the mountain.
A well-fitting ski mask is a practical addition to your ski clothing, it fits under ski helmets and is compatible with most ski goggles. Together with a helmet-compatible hood as topmost layer you have the perfect all-round protection! Practically all models have a stretch element in the fabric, or are knit in such a way that they hug the head and face nicely. This prevents the ski mask or balaclava from appearing bulky.
All ski tourers are guaranteed to find what they're looking for with brand name manufacturers like Woolpower, 66 North and Barts, to mention but a few!