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Item # CST0683

Ultimate weather protection.

Blowing sleet won't keep you inside when you have the Castelli WS Balaclava.

  • Stretchy face lets you cover your mouth, nose, or under chin, depending on conditions
  • WindStopper X-Lite plus front panels provides wind protection
  • Fleece panels wick moisture and retain warmth

Tech Specs

WindStopper X-Lite, [backing] fleece
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

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I agree. Outstanding.

    Castelli rates this for use in -10* to 10*C weather (14*-50*F).

    Authentic Gore WindStopper textile is 100% windproof and insulates well (yet breathes). The stretchy face opening gives you over-nose, over-mouth, or under-chin coverage options.

    This balaclava will keep your head, ears, neck, and face warm in sub-50 weather. You need this for true Winter riding. Buy it.



    • Gender:Male

    That this is too windproof is to the credit of Castelli as this greatly helps here in the Windy City. You can always pull the mouth cover down to breath easily through your mouth. This is great for when the temps drop below 32 and the wind kicks up. Now all I need to find is a decent pair of gloves. Anybody know of a pair?

    Responded on

    Gore makes some great winter gloves...dealing with foul weather is where they excel. Giordana & especially Assos makes outstanding (winter) bike wear. Check out Assos products on the Competitive site (affiliated with B.C.). You can get more info from one of their great gurus' that are dedicated to cycling!

    Responded on

    Try a pair of neoprene gloves from either Castelli or Capo. Totally wind proof and warm.

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    Not sure I want to pull the mouth down on my balaclava, defeats the purpose... this product is a throwaway. If it doesn't breath, it shouldn't be designed to cover breathing holes. Do not leave in a young rider's crib - suffocation hazard.

    Responded on

    Deep winter glove recommendations:
    Pearl Izumi Pro Barrier WxB. Or Pearl Izumi Pro AmFIB lobster glove. Or from Castelli... their new 4.3.1 glove.

    Responded on

    Re. Castelli's balaclava above... I hate to disagree with my esteemed colleague Dr. above, but I really like that the Castelli balaclava -can- be pulled down beneath the chin. When I ride hard I like/need to breathe through my mouth. If I keep my body, feet, hands, and legs warm with the appropriate winter kit/clothing; this balaclava keeps my head, ears, and face warm in sub-40 weather. It would have to be a cold day indeed for me not be be able to breathe through my mouth if dressed properly otherwise.


    too windproof!

      Too windproof...

      I cannot breath though it when my mouth or nose is covered, like I can with my PI balaclava. Because no air can pass thorough when I exhale the warm air vents out the sides and onto my sun glasses, which of course steams them up.

      The neck cover is a nice touch, and it is warm -- and if you wear it with a light bandana you can breath though, you can keep warm.

      Apparently this is a problem with any super warm balaclava - I was just looking for a bit more ear warmth.