When hitting the slopes in chilly temperatures, it’s important to protect for your face so you can stay comfortable and avoid getting sick. That’s where a ski mask, or balaclava, comes in. A good one should fit comfortably, let you breathe without fogging up your goggles and feel super soft to the touch. Considering all this, we rounded up some of the best options designed to fit both men and women. We included two styles that offer complete protection for the head and ears and one that only covers the nose and mouth, with options for more moderate to single-digit temperatures.
1. Self Pro Ski Mask
This option uses CoolMax polyester fibers, which are soft, breathable, moisture-wicking and abrasion-resistant.
Pros: This mask is extra long in the front for added protection. Flatlock seams enhance comfort.
Cons: It may be too thin for more extreme temperatures.
2. AstroAI Ski Mask
This model is crafted with super soft polar fleece for extra warmth when conditions are frigid.
Pros: An insulated mesh fabric around the nose and mouth lets you breathe easily. You can choose from five colors, including a high-visibility neon yellow hue. It's offered in a pack with one or two masks. It comes with a one-year warranty.
Cons: Some may prefer a tighter fit.
3. Grace Folly Ski Mask
Unlike the others, this half mask won't cover your head or ears. It features a water-resistant shell and a cozy insulated fleece lining.
Pros: Five vents around the mouth and nose area are designed to provide maximum airflow and reduce goggle fog. Pull straps on the sides let you cinch up the mask to help block out the cold and provide a perfectly contoured fit around your face and neck. Six strips of interlocking Velcro ensure a secure fit and easy on/off. These come in a variety of colors and prints.
Cons: The mesh part may let some cold air in.
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