John in PAwrote a review of Gore Bike Wear Balaclava Mask on February 22, 2012
I own both this model and the mask-only model. RealCyclist offers both. I'm writing a review for each.
The balaclava model is poor execution of a good idea. Specifically:
- It's not sized for my face. When I have my nose and mouth positioned properly for the breathing holes, there is too much material above the nose and it interferes with my eyes. I'm constantly toying with the mask as I ride, trying to find a comfortable position. I haven't found it yet.
- The breathing holes are insufficient. It's hard to breathe under average exertion, harder than it should be. A few more holes (or bigger holes) would make a difference.
- Warm air escapes above the nose, resulting in fogged glasses.
- Moisture quickly builds up under the mask. Better ventilation would positively affect both the breathing and glasses-fogging-over problems.
Unfortunately, I'm unaware of a better face mask option. So, I usually start my ride with a regular balaclava, and if my face is too cold, swap this one in. It's useable ... barely.