FEATURES of the Smartwool PhD HyFi Hinged Pattern Balaclava
Top of balaclava is hinged and can be pulled back for extra venting
Single layer Interlock knit construction
Comfortable face protection with good peripherial vision
Rated 2 out of
I really wanted to love this product!Nothing makes me happier than having Merino Wool next to my skin from Head to Toe. To date, I have found only one balaclava to be comfortable in use. The hinged design of Under Armour headcover's allow for comfort in both full face covered and uncovered positions. Sadly they are made from materials that are the last thing I want next to my skin. Function won and I bought 4 so I could wear them once, then wash. All of my previous Merino Balaclavas offered a sloppy face fit. Not all that comfortable when worn under the chin either. All I found them good for was covering my head and staying on while in a sleeping bag. While this HyFi Hinged Balaclava is comfortable under the chin. It has too small a lid to stay on my large head. I have the same problem with all the Merino wool beanies and caps I have owned or tried on from various brands. There is no such thing as a one size fits all approach to merino hats and caps. A serious fail on the part of Smartwool and others. Outdoor Research gets it with their hat sizing options. Sadly they don't have high enough merino wool content in the limited number or items they use it in. I suspect that I would rate this product 5 stars if it fit. For those with an average size head, worth a try.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 4 out of
Runner and Skier from
Great product but needs multiple sizesWorks very well other. However if you have a small head it might be a little big and bulky as it is just one size.