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12 Best Balaclava Masks That Shield Your Face From Winter Weather

You might look like a bank robber, but at least you'll be cozy!

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Don't hibernate this winter just because it's cold! These balaclava masks (not to be confused with everyone's favorite dessert, baklava) protect your face and neck from harsh wind gusts and harmful sun rays while keeping you nice and warm underneath, so you're free to play outside in the dead of winter.

Note: While many of these may link to a "men's" category, they're all unisex unless otherwise labeled.

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1 BUFF Standard ThermoNet Hinged Balaclava

Buff is known for making super versatile head and neckwear, so it's no surprise that this balaclava is top-notch. It's breathable, so you don't overheat and fog up your lenses. The ThermoNet construction means it dries quickly, too, in case you work up a sweat while earning those precious backcountry turns.  

2 BlackStrap Hood Print Balaclava

With multiple designs, there's a slim chance of anyone jacking your style. The antimicrobial finish fends off odors, too, so you'll look and smell fresher than ever.  

3 Fjallraven Keb Fleece Balaclava

Ditch your old wool scarf and rock this under your helmet instead. This wool-and-polyester combo is warm, temperature-regulating, and durable. The inside is brushed, too, so it's silky smooth on your skin.  

4 Icebreaker Oasis Balaclava

Whether you're running around town in the middle of a blizzard or trekking through snow-covered mountains, this midweight merino wool balaclava is a must. It breathes and dries quickly just like Icebreaker's merino wool base layers. Our favorite feature is the small ventilation flap over the mouth that lets your steamy breath escape without letting cold air through!

5 Volcom Powclava Pullover Balaclava

If you're chasing powder all winter long, a stylish and functional balaclava is an absolute must. Volcom's Powclava will keep your neck and head warm when temperatures drop below freezing, and the soft polyester fleece material will feel like a brand new flannel sheet on your cheeks.

6 Outdoor Research Melody Balaclava

Stay warm without looking like a bank robber with the women-specific heather design on this option from Outdoor Research. This stretchy polyester blend is breathable, so your goggles won't fog-up midway through an endless field of moguls. 

7 Turtle Fur Comfort Shell Stria UV MaxClava

The lightweight, performance fabric used for this balaclava is not only soft, breathable, quick-drying, and stretchy, but it also shields your skin from the sun with SPF 50+ protection. Choose from tons of crisp men's and women's designs.

8 Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Tactical Balaclava

UA's Infrared technology traps heat inside, so it's perfect to cover your entire face on frigid days. When things get sweaty, drop the front below your nose or chin to let in some air. We really love the anti-odor technology, too, because you can wear it for multiple days without washing!

9 Mountain Hardwear Alpine Balaclava

For alpine climbing or skiing at elevation, this balaclava will protect you from the harshest conditions that Old Man Winter can muster. The Polartec material is soft and super warm, while the brim and smaller eye opening ensure that not even an inch of your precious skin is exposed. 

10 JIUSY Animal Balaclava

Wear this face mask for cold-weather cycling, warmer days of skiing, or to dress up like an animal to play tricks on your pets. A plethora of animal options is guaranteed to draw attention, so be prepared to stand your ground.

11 Super Z Knit Black Face Mask

You might scare little kids when wearing this mask, but if you're trying to cut in line at a crowded ski resort, that may not be the worst thing. Practical, comfortable, and affordable, this no-frills knit option shouldn't be overlooked.  

12 Coal — The B.E.B. Light Balaclava

No need to take off this balaclava to scratch underneath — the flatlock seams ensure a smooth, itch-free feel against your skin. Multiple designs also let you add a little attitude to your outfit.  

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