The Chaos Dri-Release Multi-Tasker Pro Balaclava “provides protection against frostbite without that suffocating feeling,” testifies one Colorado wearer, who swears by this blend of merino wool (11 percent), recycled poly (83 percent), and spandex (6 percent).
It fits comfortably under a helmet or cap, and the versatile cut let him wear the mask over (or under) his nose, or under his chin, where it didn’t feel constrictive. Complaint: There are no perforations around the mouth to release exhaled moisture, so it ices up in supercold temps. $30; 2 oz.; chaoshats.com See all "essential" reviews from the 2011 Gear