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BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava

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The Hood Balaclava from BlackStrap is a one of a kind protection piece designed to be an extension of your outerwear. Featuring a patented design, a hinged mouth piece and multiple wear options. The hood sets the standard for protection from the neck up.
Material:Polyester / Nylon Blend
Details:Made in the USA



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BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava - space purple
 
4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Breathable (10)
  • Good material (10)
  • Warm (10)
  • Windproof (7)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Extreme conditions (7)
    • Icy conditions (6)
    • Nighttime (4)
    • Powder (4)
    • Wet / rain (3)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        100% 

        (12 reviews)

        Feels too large

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Advanced (6), Intermediate (4)
      • Gear Usage:
      • Winter sports (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good, not perfect

    I wear it regularly for snowboarding and really tested it on Whiteface Mountain by Lake Placid. The weather was rather frigid, 0-20 F, but this balaclava held up pretty well. Read complete review

    I wear it regularly for snowboarding and really tested it on Whiteface Mountain by Lake Placid. The weather was rather frigid, 0-20 F, but this balaclava held up pretty well.
    As the photos suggest, the designers envision you can wear the adjustable portion anywhere from under your chin to over your nose. From my experience it did well anywhere from the chin to sitting under my nose, but putting it on my nose came with some squishing (and I don't have a long nose). It's long enough to slip right into shirts, sweaters, etc. The material is tight enough to not sag, which actually doesn't sacrifice much breathability on the mouth but does make talking through it mildly uncomfortable.
    It was pretty warm despite the conditions, but it's not windPROOF. You wouldn't want to be on an open chairlift for 20min on a cold, windy day or atop a summit at -20 F, as we could have at Whiteface. For that reason I would go into "extreme conditions" (i.e. colder/windier than those I faced and described above) with a thicker material to protect against the elements.
    Overall, I would recommend this because it is comfortable, it fits well and serves as a great liner for a helmet, it didn't fog my goggles even when I wore the balaclava on my nose and the goggles on top, and it does well for conditions most people face on the slopes.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    too much hype

    I love the Camo and I love how it fits without goggles on. But when I wear goggles on it, it keeps pulling down around the nose area. And it says it's been...Read complete review

    I love the Camo and I love how it fits without goggles on. But when I wear goggles on it, it keeps pulling down around the nose area. And it says it's been tested in -6 wind chill but even wearing it at Bear Mountain, where the wind chill was lowest at 15-20F, I could still feel the cold on the lift. Seems it'll be more ideal when I use it for cold weather uses like backpacking/camping

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    4.0

    Good product

    By Scott

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathes Well
    • Durable
    • Good material

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Extreme Conditions

      Comments about BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava - steel:

      This is a great product! Only complaint is that the company logo is on a stiff rubber square about 1" in size and located a little under your chin, which doesn't work for wearing this under my ski helmet. I removed the logo with a seam ripper. It works great now!

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Gear Usage:
      • Winter Sports
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Blackstrap Balaclava

      By Ryan

      from WI

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathes Well
      • Good material
      • Longer In The Neck Area
      • Warm
      • Windproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava - snow issue:

          Could not find a balaclava long enough in the neck to keep tucked in, as I'm a snowboarder you're constantly moving around. This one is long and the neck tucks in well. Its not for artic degree days but it blocks the wind well and keeps your face from freezing. I used mine in about 15-20*F at night and was comfortable.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Gear Usage:
          • Snowboarding
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Good piece.

          By Shann0

          from MN

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathes Well
          • Good material
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Extreme Conditions
            • Icy Conditions
            • Nighttime

            Comments about BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava - semper camo:

            I've got a big head, fits fine. Super stretchy. I've got a lot of the tubes by the same company, this is just for really cold days where I need more protection around the openings of my helmet.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Gear Usage:
            • Winter Sports
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            3.0

            too much hype

            By SoCal testes

            from Bear Mountain, CA

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Breathes Well
            • Water Resistant

            Cons

            • Not Warm
            • Not Windproof

            Best Uses

              Comments about BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava - camo 6:

              I love the Camo and I love how it fits without goggles on. But when I wear goggles on it, it keeps pulling down around the nose area. And it says it's been tested in -6 wind chill but even wearing it at Bear Mountain, where the wind chill was lowest at 15-20F, I could still feel the cold on the lift. Seems it'll be more ideal when I use it for cold weather uses like backpacking/camping

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Gear Usage:
              • Cold Weather Living, Winter Sports
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              Good, not perfect

              By PK on Snow

              from Upstate NY

              About Me Intermediate

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good material
              • Warm

              Cons

              • Not Windproof

              Best Uses

              • Icy Conditions
              • Nighttime

              Comments about BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava - space purple:

              I wear it regularly for snowboarding and really tested it on Whiteface Mountain by Lake Placid. The weather was rather frigid, 0-20 F, but this balaclava held up pretty well.
              As the photos suggest, the designers envision you can wear the adjustable portion anywhere from under your chin to over your nose. From my experience it did well anywhere from the chin to sitting under my nose, but putting it on my nose came with some squishing (and I don't have a long nose). It's long enough to slip right into shirts, sweaters, etc. The material is tight enough to not sag, which actually doesn't sacrifice much breathability on the mouth but does make talking through it mildly uncomfortable.
              It was pretty warm despite the conditions, but it's not windPROOF. You wouldn't want to be on an open chairlift for 20min on a cold, windy day or atop a summit at -20 F, as we could have at Whiteface. For that reason I would go into "extreme conditions" (i.e. colder/windier than those I faced and described above) with a thicker material to protect against the elements.
              Overall, I would recommend this because it is comfortable, it fits well and serves as a great liner for a helmet, it didn't fog my goggles even when I wore the balaclava on my nose and the goggles on top, and it does well for conditions most people face on the slopes.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Gear Usage:
              • Snowboarding
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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