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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-10-2003, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Is the a good balaclava you guys would recommend for use with the MX style helmets?

Also, do you find it hard to breathe with the darn mask in front of your mouth? Seems like it would limit your breathing.


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-10-2003, 05:01 PM
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Whenever I eat a Gyro at the Gyro House I always get the Baklava it's great.
Seriously i got the thin thermax and its great For wicking moisture. I don't cover my mouth I use a No-Fog mask and even have the mouth vent, trimmed open.

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I use the TNT balaclava from Demi Design and it works great. TNT would be a little thin for you application, but they do have two thicker models. I believe the Artic mask is specifically designed for open face helmets.

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I use a thin Bombi balaclava with a No-Fog. Warm, and the goggles and eyeglasses don't fog up.

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My first year sledding I used an Mx style helmet. I had the Ski-Doo Balclava, not sure what model, but it was black, had a bunch of little holes near the bottom for the mouth, had a nose piece with thicker material, and covered pretty much my whole face apart from the area just around my eyes. I also used Bombardier goggles. WOrked great for me, even in minus 15 C weather.

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Very good question! I'm still in search of the perfect setup.

I hear Ski-doo has a new one out, but haven't seen it yet.

I use a NO-Fog when it's really cold out, but it's a TOTAL PITA every time you stop.

My rigmarole goes like this: earplugs, No-fog, then balaclava, then helmet. I would REALLY like to find a No-fog type mask that doesn't require an extra balaclava on top of it. I want something that I can pull on and go with out adjusting things to make sure there are no air leaks beside the goggles.

I've talked to the No-fog people and they don't have any solutions yet (and didn't see why there was a problem with their existing design --- hello!).

I think that a polyester/cotton blend balaclava with a neoprene nose cone/protector would be perfect, but so far, I haven't seen a good one on the market.


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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-13-2003, 03:01 PM
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LB700, I hear your pain. I have been looking from the same no-fog/balaclava set up.

My main problem is the cold air blowing in around my googles. I have not been albe to find a balaclava that is wind proof around the eyes and forehead.

I have the mx head band from No-fog but it is a pain to put on and it seems alittle tight. (After riding for six hours, I indents in my forehead that took a day to go away).

I have alieved the problem by making foam blocks that attach to my google straps. These foam blocks plug the hole between the googles and the helmet.

I also taken nylon Iron-on patchs (used to mend jeans) and cut them to fit the exposed area of the balaclava. It does not look pretty but it works.

Mabye one day the balaclava/No-fog guys will understand the needs of the MX helmet riders.

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Back before full face helmets I used the Air Cone Mask. I think Dennis Kirk still sells them. It is a mask with a vinyl coating. It has holes for eyes, and a upsidedown looking cone over the nose/mouth opening. The cone takes the breath and ducts it down away from the goggles. The mask goes back to the temple area then a soft fabric covers the ears. It goes to the top of the head so there is no wind infiltration to the forehead. It has a strap that goes around the neck to hold it on.It was a great mask back then but when fullfaces came into vogue, I quit wearing it and it got lost. as far as fog the thing worked great, even with Glasses and Goggles.

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