Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava

Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 22.
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Product Description Item No.   10035219

The Sonic Balaclava by Outdoor Research. Deflect cold air with the wind protection of a shell and the warm feel of fleece in this unique balaclava design. The windproof, vapor permeable Windstopper Technical Fleece offers maximum winter protection while allowing you to breathe easy through a mesh breathing port. Polartec Wind Pro ear panels allow you to easily hear your team.

FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava

  • Polartec Wind Pro Ear Panels Allow Better Hearing
  • Flat-Seam Construciton
  • Contoured Shape
  • Mesh Breathing Port
  • spandex Trim

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Primary Fabric: Polyester
Gender: Mens, Unisex
Features: Packable, GORE WINDSTOPPER, Windproof
Weight: 2.4 oz
Fabric Details: 90 % Polyester, 10 % Spandex
Product Technology: Polartec Wind Pro, Polartec Windbloc, GORE Windstopper
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Casual, Snowsports
Fit Type: Relaxed Fit
Polartec Wind Pro

Polartec Wind Pro
The lightweight warmth of Polartec Wind Pro allows it to function as both a high performance outer layer, or a comfy insulating layer. Its resistance to wind and water further increases the versatility. All of that in a durable package.

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Polartec Windbloc

Polartec Windbloc
Polartec Windbloc is designed to block 100% of wind. The fabric is very durable, stretchy, protective and warm.

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WINDSTOPPER fabrics utilize an ultra-light, ultra-thin membrane to block wind while allowing interior moisture vapor to escape. This will keep your body and your inner layers dry and comfortable.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot Head Great balaclava design. The only con was my head fits in between the small and med. Before an activity the balaclava seems to be a perfect fit, however, 2-3 hours it seems to loose shape. I will have to purchase the small size and hopefully it will stretch after a few hours of activity. Otherwise, this could have been the best balaclava I have ever owned!
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sloppy fit Very little stretch so the fit is rather sloppy. Mine only covered the top 1/3 of my forehead, so I had to wear a beanie, too. As I moved, the fabric around the nose and eyes would ride up, brushing my eyelashes and poking me in the eye. I was constantly pulling it down. Also very loose around the neck, like a turkey wattle. It's warm, though. That's about the only positive thing I can say.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great wind protection skiing
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Polar gear necessity! I work as a polar expedition guide and had previously purchased a cheap fleece balaclava online. In the field I discovered that was a waste the few dollars I spent on it! The following season paid the big bucks and bought the OR Sonic Balaclava...Man, I wished I had done this sooner! Worth every dollar I paid for it. I fit comfortably snug and provided excellent protection when I was driving a Zodiac through wind and rough seas! Now this is the piece of gear I don't travel to the Arctic or Antarctic without! My wife is working with me in Antarctica this season so I made sure to buy her she wouldn't be taking mine!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Safety Equipment Of all the gear I've used, traded, and discarded over the decades, the Sonic Balaclava remains. After more than 20 years it still fits well and functions perfectly. It's always in my pack, an easy 2.5 oz of safety equipment.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great piece of kit I have had this balaclava for many years. This is the best balaclava I have used. It is warm and blocks the wind perfectly. The mesh mouth area vents moisture well. The only down side for me is that it tends to ride up around the base of my neck during activity allowing a little cold air at the back of the neck. This is remedied with a neck gaiter but it adds bulk. A small fleece gaiter at he bottom of this piece would make it perfect.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bomber wind and cold protection Outdoor Researchメs Sonic Balaclava is a must have for winter adventures that are riddled with harsh wind, and severe cold. I have used this balaclava while winter fat-tire biking in temps that were in the low teens. I wore it under a helmet, and there were actual icicles coming off this thing around the nose and mouth area by the time I was done riding. The top features of this balaclava are: the Gore Windstopper fabric, the non-inhibiting breathing mesh cover over the mouth, and just the right amount of coverage and protection over the nose.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more wind burned cheeks. Does as advertised, fits great and I find my googles or glasses don't fog up as much compared to a normal balaclava. I also like the fact that the mouth piece doesn't get that wet soggy feel from when your breathing hard and moisture builds up.
Date published: 2016-12-29
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Outdoor Research Men's Hats

Size S M L XL
US Hat Size 6 3/4 - 7 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 7 3/8 - 7 1/2 7 5/8 - 7 7/8
Circumference 21 1/2 - 22 22 1/4 - 22 7/8 23 - 23 5/8 23 7/8 - 24
Size One Size S/M L/XL
US Hat Size 6 3/4 - 7 5/8 6 3/4 - 7 1/4 7 3/8 - 7 5/8
Circumference 21 1/2 - 24 21 1/2 - 22 7/8 23 - 24

Head Circumference: Wrap measuring tape around your head, just above eyebrows. Note your size at the point of overlap