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Louis Garneau Matrix 2.0 Balaclava


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Item # LGN003K

Subtle styling and pronounced protection.

Your face's only real job on the bike is catching wind. In warm months, this isn't an issue, but when the temperature drops between November and March it becomes somewhat problematic. Because it feels like our faces work overtime catching wind in winter, we opt for the Louis Garneau Matrix 2.0 Balaclava in cold-weather conditions.

Its Matrix 2.0 fabric is laid out in different zones to offer protection from the cold air and breathability to keep you comfortable. It stretches and conforms so you can pull it on easily but it still covers snugly with no extra bulk. The 4-way stretch knit reduces chafing by keeping seams to a minimum, and the grey and black color scheme and understated logo on the brow mean you won't resemble a rolling billboard.

The Louis Garneau Matrix 2.0 Balaclava is available in one size in the color Black.

Tech Specs

Matrix 2.0 (77% nylon, 13% polyester, 10% spandex)
Recommended Use:
cold-weather cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Great product and well made.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This balaclava I use for cycling under my helmet and it stops sweat from running into my eyes and also keeps my face protected under full-faced helmet use. Bought 2 of these. The seamless construction is amazing.

just what the situation called for

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: one size

We have had some pretty low temps this season and i'm a bike commuter so stingy cheeks, icy numb eyebrows, along with raw blades of air assaulting my lungs / asthma.

Most Balaclavas are far too heavy for my liking and i hate the scarf mummy idea for cycling. The lightness of this more technical fabric appealed to me. It's perfect in weight and ,does the trick. I stow it in its plastic sac in my pac and it's there when i need it.

Unique. Fantastic. Yes.

    Garneau is a Canadian company and they understand cold-weather cycling.

    I love this light-weight balaclava for one very specific reason: This balaclava is super thin. This is actually a good thing! This allows you to use this balaclava in the 40s and even the low 50s.

    Why is this useful? Riding in the 30s or 40s or even in the low 50s in the winter with overcast skies/no sunshine (and for serious riders: bombing down a cold canyon descent) with your face fully exposed will make your face sting and turn red. Why do we do this to ourselves? There is no reason. This LG balaclava completely solves this problem.

    I also love this balaclava because...

    *The stretchy face opening gives you over-mouth, over-chin, or under the chin options. Your choice (this is great).

    *Excellent quality and value -per usual from Louis Garneau.

    Tips for use: Because this balaclava is thin, when riding around 45-50° F, you might want to add a mid-weight thermal cap on top. When riding below 40° F, for sure add a "wind-stopper" cap and/or a helmet cover (like one by LG or Sugoi) to "close" the vents on your helmet for better weather and thermal protection and better aerodynamics.

    Add this inexpensive balaclava to your winter wardrobe and ride in much more comfort (and happier)!

    Well-made, good fit.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is a quality piece that is then and would fit under your helmet nicely. You could even layer a windproof piece on top of it.