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PhatePhate Posts: 121
edited November 2010 in Road beginners
Now the snow is upon us I've been looking at some of the winter facemasks on the market but just wondered what folks thought about them, Are they actually breathable enough or do you need to sacrifice breathability for warmth?
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 9,674
    I wear a buff to keep the air entering my lungs as warm and damp as possible. I have no bother breathing through it, but some have reported they do.

    I have considered a proper mask with the filter though - to eliminate irritants such as pollutants and late season pollen.
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  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I pull up the buff to cover my nose and mouth when the temperature plummets. As Ben says, it helps warm the incoming air (and stops my teeth aching). Only downsides seem to be that it sends some of the exhaled air up under my glasses and fogs them up, and after a couple of hours the bit you're breathing through becomes pretty wet and cold.
    I wear a second buff under my helmet to cover my ears/ forehead. Once I add the specs there's very little skin exposed.
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    +1 for buff worn round neck - it's easy to pull up over the mouth, nose or even ears for fast descents into the cold (40mph at -7 is my personal best, which on sporadically gritted country lanes sounds pretty stupid on reflection), but you can pull it down when you're generating steam going uphill.
    Cheap, simple and effective.
  • ++ on the buff ;o)

    Best ever purchase for winter riding!
  • MichaelWMichaelW Posts: 2,164
    edited November 2010
    I used a synthetic buff (army style Headover) for years but switched to a superfine merino wool version (From Chocholate fish). It is thinner, warmer and better.
  • As a longtime skier and cyclist, I suggest a neoprene ski mask, such as http://www.proline-sports.co.uk/acatalog/face_mask.htm. at £11.50. Warm, no fogging of glasses/goggles, normal wash, does me down to -37 in the Arctic circle. You just look like a bank robber when you wait at traffic lights, everyone stares!
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    1 buff under helmet and covering ears.

    2nd buff round neck and pulled up if its really cold to cover lower face.
  • eyebeeeyebee Posts: 257
    edited November 2010
    I do use a buff but find the Gore face warmer much better in colder conditions. It has holes for breathing through the mouth and a slit to allow breathing through the nose.This prevents any clammyness and doesn't get wet as a buff does , if you cycle with any intensity.It also protects the ears.
  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    Phate wrote:
    Now the snow is upon us I've been looking at some of the winter facemasks on the market but just wondered what folks thought about them, Are they actually breathable enough or do you need to sacrifice breathability for warmth?
    Facemask? Do you mean a cycling balaclava?

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