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Balaclavas for under cowls.


Is there a type of balaclava material that is better than another for wearing under a cowl? I've looked at Lycra ones, cotton ones, synthetic silk ones, nylon ones, polypropylene ones, and they all look the same in pictures and sound pretty much the same in descriptions. Is there a better option or is one as good as another?

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No one knows the answer? Hmm...

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You want to make sure the material is a wicking fabric (e.g., Coolmax). Even that will get sopping wet if you're someone who sweats heavily or if you're wearing your cowl any length of time (for me, that's about five minutes before the sweat faucets turn on!).

Google Coolmax balaclava and you should find various examples.

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I thought we were going to talk about Greek pasteries....

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Coolmax...is that some sort of spandex or lycra?

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I bought a hunting balaclava at Walmart a couple of years ago, but I lost it. I believe it was lycra, and it was around four bucks. Good buy.

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Polypropylene is both wicking and fire resistant, but it's more important to decide on either 2 eye holes or a single eye slot. The 2-hole types stay in place more securely under a cowl.

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Coolmax is the trademark name for a Dupont wicking fabric used in various articles--from a skullcap worn beneath a bicycle helmet, to socks, tee-shirts, underwear, bandanas, etc., etc.

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Welcome to the balacava club.
I checked for you, but mine is just from a local army surplus store. Since my cowl is too large (on the top portion of my head) I wear a balaclava under the cowl, with 3 sport socks on top of my head under the balacava - which turns out to be a great sponge for 3 hour suit-ups emoticon ).
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