Mammut's Balaclava Arctic WS is an incredibly technical piece with an impressive feature set squeezed into a balaclava.
The quick-drying and breathable Balaclava Arctic WS benefits from Gore-Tex Infinium in the face area, which reliably protects against cold wind. The stretchable and warm material ensures a perfect fit, which impresses with its anatomical cut, and provides plenty of freedom of movement.
Mammut's Balaclava Arctic WS is an exceptionally well thought out product. The mix of of Gore Infinium Wind Stopper and more stretchy fabric provides the best of both worlds.
What makes this Balaclava stand out is the cut particularly around the mouth and nose. With holes around the mouth and a slot for your nostrils your breathing will not be restricted when going hard nor will moisture build up as much if at all compared with a more simple balaclava. The top of the balaclava easily flips back so you just have the windproof mouth and nose covering as a face shield.
Although I'm unlikely to ever need it the opening on the rear for a pony tail shows the attention detail that has gone into this product. I found the fit quite snug with a relatively small head, it would take take some wearing in for those with larger heads.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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