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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011

Gear Review: Helly Hansen HH Dry Balaclava

Made with Helly Hansen's Lifa material, this balaclava wicks and dries super quickly.

by: Katie Herrell

HellyHansen HH Dry Balaclava (Courtesy Photo)
HellyHansen HH Dry Balaclava (Courtesy Photo)

“Excellent baselayer for under a helmet,” says our tester, a Colorado Front Range park ranger. He wore this 100-percent polypro balaclava (it’s made from the same Lifa material found in HH’s baselayers) skiing when the windchill hit -40°F. “The fabric wicks and dries super quickly, and it’s so lightweight and breathable I never overheated.”

Flatlock stitching and a simple design (there’s just a large circular cutout for your eyes, nose, and mouth) contributes to a low-bulk profile that fits easily under most helmets and even tucks easily under a hat.

$20
1 oz. (mfr. weight)
one size
hellyhansen.com


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