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Covering the Face(8 posts)

Covering the FaceFez
Jan 20, 2004 11:36 AM
Looking for an item that covers the face from cold temperatures and wind.

Best to get a one piece setup like a bank robber mask that covers everything?

Or is there something that just slips around the face that blocks the wind yet still allows unrestricted breathing?
re: Covering the FacePEDDLEFOOT
Jan 20, 2004 11:46 AM
I've had great luck with a balcalava that I bought at Target.It has a full face covering except for around the eye area.I can also pull it down to expose my nose and mouth if I don't require complete coverage.It's made of thin thermal fleece with a Hytrel lining for the skull that seems to wick very well.I rode this weekend in 8 degree weather and felt very comfortable.It also covers the neck and front throat area compltely so you don't get any cold air from the wind.
re: Covering the Facebrad nicholson
Jan 20, 2004 12:21 PM
i use my mask for skiing for riding in really cold temps, 10's and 20's. it is hard foam with nose cover, nostril openings, and mouth holes with fleece neck gaiter attached. best thing i've found.
Second the Target balcalavabimini
Jan 21, 2004 5:00 AM
I got the same one and like it alot. Was out last weekend in 15 degrees with high winds for an hour and a half. Face did not get cold.
try motor oilcyclopathic
Jan 20, 2004 1:51 PM
just kidding :) No seriously, covering skin with oil (try tan oil and/or baby oil) reduces frost bite. And yes, any balaclava restricts flow.
re: Covering the Facedasho
Jan 20, 2004 5:55 PM
I have a cotton (not too thick either)balakava made by Trek that is several years old and works great, at least at temps down to 20 F. I am starting to get used to it covering my mouth but when I need to get more air I simply pull the part over my mouth down a little. It also keeps the neck and ears warm especially if you cover your mouth (the warm air from your mouth circulates and stays inside).
WindscreenMerckxMad
Jan 20, 2004 6:42 PM
This winter I've been trying Proderm's windscreen. It's just like sunscreen except that it protects the skin from windburn and chaffing. It's weird, but it's like wearing a liquid scarf. It dries quickly and is invisible. So far, so good.

I've also tried Dermatone's pommade. This stuff is like Chapstick for the face. It's okay, but not as comfortable as the windscreen.
A&D Ointmentcoonass
Jan 21, 2004 5:31 PM
is teriffic for protecting the skin from frost-burn...contains about 54% Petrolatum (Vaseline), 16% Lanolin and mineral oil, paraffin, microcrystalyne wax....will last the whole ride...excellent protection. I haven't had to use a bacalava since using this product. Rub a light coating on your chin, cheeks and lips, but not on your nose (your glasses will slide down, even with silicone nose-pads)...Can be found in any Infant's Goods area in the Pharmacy Dept.