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Old 11-06-2012, 08:14 PM   #16
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I have several and I agree that if your helmet fits snug your probably going to be limited to a silk weight balaclava.

My silk weight Patagonia is still my favorite and I haven't gone on an overnight in over twenty years without it being in a pocket.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:39 PM   #17
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Wow thanks for the responses all! I will look into all your suggestions for sure! My helmet is a bit less than properly snug (need thicker cheek pads) so I should have some room for most any one.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:57 PM   #18
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Under Armor Tactical Hood.

Wear one all the time, regardless of weather.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:06 PM   #19
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aerostich silk

I just started using one of these for the evening leg of my commute, from SF heading north. Not that cold but often lots of fog. I like it:

http://www.aerostich.com/clothing/he...balaclava.html
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:50 AM   #20
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I just use a polar fleece tube that fills the space between my helmet and my shoulders.
I had a friend who's handy make one with some scrap fleece material
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:50 AM   #21
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Just don't try eating baklava while wearing your balaclava...
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:28 AM   #22
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I have a few, I like the subzero and the shampa with the fleece neck part. But 9 times out of 10 I end up wearing a buff or a turtle fur neck gaiter.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:05 AM   #23
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i have a few, i like the subzero and the shampa with the fleece neck part. But 9 times out of 10 i end up wearing a buff or a turtle fur neck gaiter.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:46 AM   #24
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Polar Buff or Cyclone Buff when it's colder, normal buff when it gets warmer. I like that it holds my earbuds in place. The neck part is windproof fleece and the head part is lycra. Adjustable for changes in temps as you ride.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:47 PM   #25
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I've always used the ones made from the neoprene material; left over from my skiing days I guess. I don't know if they exist but something made out of the same material they make soft shell jackets from would be interesting I think..
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #26
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I use a Klim Neck Warmer and it works great for the type of weather we have down here on the gulf coast; it gets cold but not really cold, just enough to wear light duty winter gear. Here's the one I use:



As with most balaclavas you're going to get fogging if you don't keep moving, I wear glasses and this is an issue when gearing up.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:05 PM   #27
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I use a thin lightweight one if it's only kinda chilly out.

I really like my Rev'it Blaze balaclava when it's colder out because of it's windproof neck gaiter and seamless construction around the forehead.

Warmest regards from up in the frozen north, Mark H.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:05 AM   #28
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Silk..fits close and is very warm and comfortable.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:46 AM   #29
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+1 for the Polar Buff.

Simple and very versatile. I make sure the polar fleece end is down by my neck so it not only seals out the wind around my neck but the fleece material is full enough to close up the gap under the helmet. That still leaves me enough material to make a nice balaclava and protect my face. When I get off the bike it turns into a nice cap.

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