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Gore facemask review

 
Gore facemask review

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Created/Edited: Dec 19, 2009 / Dec 19, 2009

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Intro

Winter rolled in and once again I engaged in my annual search for the ideal facemask. One that is not too thick, not too thin, but still keeps the chilling wind off my nose and cheeks.
 
Facemask
Adjustment is brainless, velcro in the back.

Enter the Gore windstopper facemask. Gore actually makes a number of products for bicycling: jackets, gloves, tights, overshoes and facial wear. I have not tried any of their products before, but was interested enough to give this a shot.

Overview

Gore windstopper material is interesting. At first glance, it seems too thin to really insulate at all. Viewed from the side, it is no thicker than a couple pieces of tissue paper pinched together. According to the website, the material actually is comprised of three layers, one that allows moisture to migrate to the surface and one that keeps wind off your skin. But does it really work?

Performance

The facemask seems targeted to cold days, but not frigid ones. In other words, if you need to keep the wind off but don’t require a full balaclava. In this regard, it works quite well. I was happy to see that there was ample mesh for breathing and there is nothing in front of the nostrils. 
Gore facemask
Mostly ample ventilation ...
This allows a considerable amount of moisture out without redirecting too much toward your glasses. And really, you don’t need to insulate much, but just keep the wind off your skin to maintain warmth. Again, it works quite well, even better than I expected. Which is not to say it is perfect …

Overall

There are only three drawbacks that I noticed. One, there is some breath redirected up to your glasses. It is not too much though and a spot of cat crap takes care of the problem. 
Ayyyyyyyyy!
Now I'm ready for anything, especially a Dead concert!
Two, it has a tendency to slide down my nose and expose more skin than I want, especially with my head tilted up while biking. This is not so much a design error as user error; I just had to adjust the mask so that it fit tightly across the nose. The third, and perhaps the only design flaw, is that it does not cover any neck, which can be an issue in the winter. So I always need to combine this with a high-necked shirt.

Would I recommend it?

Yes. It is more money than I usually spend on cycling clothing, but not too expensive. I found it on sale for about $23.00 and I suspect it can be found more cheaply. The recommended price is $30.00, which does not seem like too much (and I am pretty cheap). It works well down to the mid 20 degree mark (-5C). Any colder and you want to bundle up. Also, although I did not try it, Juno’s ResPro certainly seems like an appealing alternative, especially with the added benefit of filtering your air. But this works better than the old neoprene hunters mask that I have been wearing.

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Visentinthat's

Visentin

Voted 10/10

something very similar I have
Posted Dec 20, 2009 3:09 am

BeDrinkableRe: that's

BeDrinkable

Hasn't voted

Hey, you're right!
Posted Dec 20, 2009 11:02 am

Andy LivoGood Review

Andy Livo

Voted 10/10

Juno's got competition. I'll have to dig out a tie dye!!! May look at one of these facemasks. I do, however, have a tendency to overheat very easily. Gore stuff is expensive but of good quality. I have had a pair of Gore winter gloves and used them for the past 12 yrs. Still going strong.
Posted Dec 20, 2009 7:37 am

BeDrinkableRe: Good Review

BeDrinkable

Hasn't voted

The thin material may help alleviate your overheating tendecies. I was actually worried that it wouldn't be warm enough, but Gore does make quality stuff.
Posted Dec 20, 2009 11:04 am

RayMondoWindstopper does exactly that

RayMondo

Voted 10/10

I've a jacket in Windstopper. Nothing gets through.
Posted Jan 13, 2010 1:12 pm

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