You may want to reach for a balaclava to protect your face, head and neck in cold weather. Many people wear these accessories for outdoor sports like skiing, but they’re also great to wear for everyday activities when it’s especially brisk outside. A good balaclava should be warm yet still allow you to breathe comfortably. Ideally, it should also wick away moisture to prevent sweat buildup. For shopping made simple, we did some research and rounded up our favorite options on the market for women.
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1. Self Pro Balaclava
It features CoolMax polyester fibers, making it lightweight, moisture-wicking and abrasion-resistant.
Pros: A four-way stretch design and flatlock seams enhance comfort. The front panel is extra long for optimal protection.
Cons: Some wearers may find it’s on the thinner side.
2. AstroAI Balaclava
This style is made with polar fleece built to keep you warm in subzero temperatures, plus four-way stretch.
Pros: It also includes insulated mesh, which allows for optimal airflow while still retaining heat. It comes in five colors to choose from.
Cons: Some may find the chin area to fit a little loose.
3. Aegend Balaclava
It’s made with abrasion-resistant polyester and 12% spandex for optimal flex.
Pros: Available in eight colors to choose from, the model also includes a cozy fleece lining that boosts comfort and warmth.
Cons: Some may find this option to be a bit on the small side.
4. Ritoper Balaclava
This model is also constructed with soft polyester polar fleece that’s windproof and dustproof.
Pros: It has adjustable drawstrings and is gentle on sensitive skin. You can choose to cover your nose with the style or adjust it to leave your nose exposed.
Cons: Some may find the model fits too snugly around the head.
5. Dimples Excel Balaclava
This toasty fleece style is made with polyester and a plush faux fur inner layer.
Pros: A drawstring on the side lets you adjust the fit. You can wear the face mask portion up over your nose or leave it down around your neck.
Cons: It may be too thick to fit under a helmet.
6. Purjoy Balaclava
This polyester fleece style features an adjustable design to effectively keep out the elements.
Pros: It also features an inner layer for added coverage and a brim, which can help shield your eyes from the sun. It comes in nine colors.
Cons: Some may find it fits small.
7. Huamulan Balaclava
This one has a chunky cable knit acrylic exterior and faux fur fleece lining. It’s topped with a pom-pom.
Pros: It features faux fir trim for an extra chic touch. You can nab it in a wide variety of colors, including neutral and statement-making hues.
Cons: It may be a bit bulky for some.