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 Post subject: Fozen Face - help
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:19 pm 
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I was kiting the other day in -25 C weather (no including wind chill, blowing 15-19 knots), and basically froze my face good. I’ve always resisted using a face mask just because they seem uncomfortable with the condensation that builds up from breathing.

Anyway, I can’t do that again, and suggestions on how to protect one face? Any good masks to consider? Or just use a big scarf?


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 Post subject: Re: Fozen Face - help
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:53 pm 
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get a Buff


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 Post subject: Re: Fozen Face - help
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:11 am 
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I use a balaclava and wear a full face. Some ppl give you the gears saying you look like Darth Vader but whatever I'm warm and protected.

And Darth Vader is a badass.


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 Post subject: Re: Fozen Face - help
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:20 am 
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Sportsmansguide.com has army surplus from all over the world , CHEAP , look it over , get some gear , save your face.


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 Post subject: Re: Fozen Face - help
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:25 am 
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Here is some examples of buff's in case your wondering.
http://www.buff.eu/en/USA/products


I know what you mean about fogging and moisture im not a fan of face wear but if its supa cold like you mentioned it can mean dead skin quickly. Maybe turn up the vents or add some anti fog to the lenses of your goggles.

I've seen paintball masks used too but then again its that annoying feedback you get with warm moisture coming back at you when you exhale. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Fozen Face - help
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:26 am 
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I use this in way cold temps... down to -40 sometimes...

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442627188&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302888435

There are some other variants listed down the side too. Works awesome... always warm with it on.


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 Post subject: Re: Fozen Face - help
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:08 am 
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I have a mask that I got in a snowmobile shop it has a big deflector to aim your breath down. Works very well under a kite helmet. Check some online stores.


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 Post subject: Re: Fozen Face - help
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:25 am 
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I ride in below freezing conditions quite a bit, and I don't like things on my face, neck, or nose. I've tried the Buff and Seirus products and found them a bit too bulky or uncomfortable. I recommend getting a couple of ultralight balaclavas and rotate them if they get wet. My favorite so far is by Marmot. I think this is the one I have...

http://marmot.com/products/driclime_lightweight_balaclava?p=171

It's a very thin, and silky type fabric.

I also just got one made of merino wool by terramar, and it's super soft, but I find the face hole a bit too small. Sometimes it moves to where I can see it and it bothers me. But it may work for others...

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/1778U_Terramar-Lightweight-Balaclava-Merino-Wool-For-Men-and-Women.html

Chris


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