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Gear Review: Airblaster Classic Ninja Suit

Behold, the only baselayer/Ninja suit you'll ever need.
Photos and text by Will Rochfort.
  • When did I know the Ninja Suit was going to be awesome? When it showed up in this. Even when being delivered, it travels in disguise...like a true ninja.
  • Yep, it functioned as good as it looked. In addition to the obvious crowd appeal, the Air Tech fabric wicked well even on long and sweaty uphill stretches, and it was toasty enough to be the only layer I needed on a relatively warm 40° winter day.
  • Ninjas need to travel incognito. Fortunately, the nearly full face coverage ensures your identity is known to only a select few (as well as keeping your face warm).  It's also useful when skiing through crowded places in tighty whities.
  • The 6% stretch was great for comfort, big uphill strides, stretching out, or just impressing the ladies. However, the suit developed a subtle yet noticeable stench after a few days, so I'd recommend moves like this one be performed in private.
  • As long as you're moving, a windproof/waterproof shell is the only other layer you'll need for mild winter days. I was comfortable in temps down the mid-thirties, and hot in the upper forties. However, the natural skin tone was a bit awkward.
  • Personally I'm a huge fan of the thumb loops.  They're great under gloves for sealing in warmth, seal out snow if you eat it, and they keep your sleeves in place when piling on multiple layers.  Trivial?  Perhaps, but I like the perk.
  • The only real logistical issue with a suit of this nature is when it comes time to handle nature's call. Not to worry; Airblaster equipped it with a fully operational moon flap, so you don't need to doff your duds to do the deed.
  • Clearly the folks at Airblaster pay attention to detail.  When's the last time you saw anatomically correct underbritches?
When did I know the Ninja Suit was going to be awesome? When it showed up in this. Even when being delivered, it travels in disguise...like a true ninja.
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When did I know the Ninja Suit was going to be awesome? When it showed up in this. Even when being delivered, it travels in disguise...like a true ninja.

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Love the screen printed nipples. Good stuff.
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This is a comment on the Backpacker web site generally, not on this specific article.

The Backpacker print magazine covers its chosen subject as well as any other magazine covers its subject. I am an avid reader. And the content on the web site is relevant, helpful, and interesting. However, the web site suffers from significant techincial and editing deficiencies. Links and page transitions come up pitifully showly. Links are frequently broken, linking to nothing. Photo galleries are often incomplete, with some photos inaccessible.

A quality magazine like Backpacker can do better.
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Lots of things are available to keep you warm. Why dress like a clown?
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Lots of things are available to keep you warm. Why dress like a clown?
— Len

Wearing a suit like that out in public gives you 5 Man Points. Sweet.
— Joel

How much and where can you purchase this item? Not finding anything using google.
— Anonymous

@Anonymous: If you Google "airblaster ninja suit", you'll see several sites pop up. You can also go to myairblaster.com, and they have links to local and online dealers.
— Will


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