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Specialized Thermal Balaclava

For cold-weather riding, keeping your neck and head warm is essential, but so is moisture and thermal regulation. Overheating and generating too much perspiration creates discomfort and make it even harder to stay warm. On many cool to cold days your goal is to keep your skin protected and have positive thermal regulation. A cycling balaclava with proper features, coverage and effective design must also interact cleanly with your helmet, jacket and layers. A comfortable but to skin to fit is crucial for keeping you warm while also allowing the wicking properties of the fabric to be effective. In other words, a simple thermal balaclava may not be so simple after all. As the sun does shine in the cold, the fabric provides UPF50 protection as well. It's a good thing the folks at Specialized understand these requirements, as their Thermal Balaclava was developed to fit, function, and interact properly- even in an a One Size Fits All design.

The first key is using the proper materials. Polyamide fibers can be woven or knit fairly close together, while still allowing excess heat and moisture to escape. They also don't care much for absorbing water. The assembled structures are flexible and offer shaping with 2-way stretch and return. The designers used Elastane to deliver more stretch and control, working with the piece to sit closer to the skin and hair, following the taper of the neck before splaying outward at the bottom opening. You have the breathability, thermal warmth, marginal air infiltration, and fit you require. The inner surface is soft and eases moisture off the skin while preventing chafing. This not a true wind or water blocking design, so don't expect that level of protection. Minimal, and properly located seam construction means that the balaclava will not interact with helmet pressure points with Specialized designs, and most others as well.

The extended-length splayed bottom opening can sit under a short or tall neck baselayer if desired, as well as a thermal or shell jacket to keep the full neck warm with consistent temperature. You get everything you require in a Thermal Balaclava that has a well designed eye area opening for excellent 4-angle and peripheral vision, as well as an exposed mouth zone- which is crucial for staying hydrated and allows the moisture associated with mouth exhalation to escape.

Features

  • Well conceived and executed thermal balaclava that keeps you warm, allows for moisture regulation
  • Excellent coverage down through neck and shoulders, with proper length for baselayer, jersey or jacket coverage
  • Thermal Fabric is Made in Italy and is Bluesign® certified
  • 2-way stretch makes this balaclava extremely comfortable, and delivers fit that allows the fabric to breathe properly

  • Soft, brushed inner is comfortable on the skin, traps some heat, and assists with moisture release
  • Eye-area opening allows for excellent 180°plus vision
  • Exposed mouth zone for staying hydrated; also allows the moisture associated with mouth exhalation to escape
  • Minimal seaming at helmet contact points
  • UPF50 Sun protection
  • Fabric Content: 84% Polyamide, 16% Elastane
  • Size: OSFA
  • Color: Black
Helmets- Evade II, Prevail II, Echelon II, Propero III, Airnet
Helmet SizeSML
Head Circumference 51-56cm (20-22")55-59cm (21¾-23¼")59-63cm (23¼-24¾")
Cycling Shoes
Specialized Euro3637383940414243444546474849
Mens US4.2555.756.57.5899.610.611.512.251313.7514.5
Specialized Euro3536373838.53939.54040.54141.54242.54343.544
Womens US55.756.57.257.588.599.259.51010.510.751111.512
Socks
Sock SizeS M LXL
US Shoe Size4-67-910-1213+
Specialized Euro Shoe Size36-3940-4243-4546+
Mens Shorts, Bibs, Knickers & Tights
SizeSMLXLXXL
Waist28-31"31-34"34-36"36-39"39-42"
Mens Jerseys, Jackets & Vests
SizeSMLXLXXL
Chest35-37.5"38-40.5"41-44.5"45-47.5"48-51"
Mens Gloves
SizeXSSMLXLXXL
Middle Finger Length<7.6cm7.6-8cm8.1-8.6cm8.6-9cm9-9.4cm>9.4cm
Palm Length<10.8cm10.8-11.1cm11.1-11.3cm11.3-11.7cm11.7-12.1cm>12.1cm
Thumb Length<6.1cm6.1-6.4cm6.4-6.8cm6.8-7.1cm7.1-7.4cm>7.4cm
Palm Circumference<21.5cm21.5-22cm22-22.5cm22.5-23.5cm23.5 - 24.5cm>24.5cm
Womens Gloves
SizeXSSMLXLXXL
Middle Finger Length<6.4cm6.4-6.9cm6.9-7.4cm7.4-7.8cm7.8-8.4cm>8.4cm
Palm Length<9.3cm9.3-9.7cm9.7-10cm10-10.4cm10.4-10.8cm>10.8cm
Thumb Length<5.1cm5.1-5.4cm5.4-5.7cm5.7-6.1cm6.1-6.5cm>6.5cm
Palm Circumference<17.5cm17.5-18.5cm18.5-19.5cm19.5-20.5cm20.5-21.5cm>21.5cm