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GiordanaKnitted PolyPro Balaclava

$39.95

Item # GIO0400

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Item # GIO0400
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Knitted PolyPro Balaclava

How many times have you tried riding in cold of winter with a balaclava on, only to suffer from a combination of steamy glasses and wet, saliva covered fleece brushing up against your mouth? If you're like us, you probably answered "too often." That's why Giordana created its Knitted PolyPro Balaclava in order to make riding in the winter drier and more desirable.

The knit balaclava covers your entire head and neck, and it features a cutout for the eyes. However, that's where it similarities to a traditional balaclava end. Whereas soft polypropylene was previously used for the entire piece, Giordana placed panels of breathable mesh over the areas of the mouth, nose, and ears. This ensures that derivative moisture from breathing evaporates faster, thus avoiding a soggy balaclava. In addition to this, the mesh over the ears makes it easier to hear what's around you — which is important especially in the dead of winter when drivers aren't expecting to see anyone out riding.

To deal with sweat around the head, the polypropylene earns its way into the title. This material is a polymer, which essentially means that it's part of the plastics family. And while this may sound a bit off putting, you'll be happy to learn that polypropylene is hydrophobic to the point that it's unable to absorb water. And, as a result, it spreads moisture out over a larger surface area, which rapidly accelerates evaporation. So, in short, these fibers ensure that your head will remain dry, without sacrificing comfort or breathability.

The Giordana Knitted PolyPro Balaclava is one-size-fits-most and is available in the color Grey/black.

Tech Specs
Materialpolypropylene Dryarn blend
Recommended Usecold-weather road and mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty1 year

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>Rating: 3

Mixed bag, was expecting a bit more

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large

Pros: Looks good, fits well, soft material. Cons: Not very warm, not odor resistant, the seam running across the forehead from front to back makes it feel awkward at times, would have preferred it to be a slightly more tight (I generally wear a large/xl helmet) With frequent cold weather rides between 30-50F I usually tend to wear some kind of face covering. Will occasionally use these combined with a cloth mask for heavily trafficked trails. The thin feel of this mask made it very easy to breathe through but did not feel like it would be very useful for safety. This balaclava felt loose at times and trying to keep it covering my nose while not fogging up my eye wear tended to be a bit frustrating. Also in temps below 50 it did not provide as much warmth as I thought it would. Anything colder than 45F and it was better using a fleece gaiter.

>Rating: 3

Mixed

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Seems to be well constructed. Material is soft and comfortable. Easy to breathe through. The breathable mesh over the ears seems to let in more wind than I prefer. My ears were colder than most balaclavas I've worn.