Purchase criteria: These factors allow you to compare and rate ski masks
To make it easier for you to compare ski masks, in this section we have compiled the most important criteria for your selection and briefly explained them.
In summary, these are the following criteria:
- cold Weather
Below you can read what the specific criteria are and why it makes sense for you to acquire a particualr type based on the criteria or not.
Size of Mask for Skiing
The material of the ski hood is very elastic, which is why often unit sizes are offered. If different sizes are available, there is usually an indication of the classification and measurement in the product description. The sizes may vary from provider to provider.
In the information we have provided you with more information on how to find out your required size. Various ski masks have a Velcro closure, which allows individual adjustments to the head.
Material the Ski Mask is Made
The material of the ski mask is basically very thin so that it can be worn under a helmet . Most ski hoods are made of polyester or micro-fleece to create windproof yet breathable and quick-drying.
Micro fleece also ensures a balanced thermal climate. Wool, neoprene and mixed fibers are other alternative materials. Ski masks made of wool are generally suitable for all seasons, but these usually only serve the purpose of protecting your face from wind and cold.
So if you value breathability, as well as a quick-drying effect, consider other materials. Neoprene ski masks are not only windproof and provide snow and cold protection, but also have a thermal function. A good balaclava should fit the respective temperature range!
Depending on the purpose, there is a suitable material. In the table you can find the properties of the mentioned materials. In addition, we briefly describe the different materials:
|Neoprene||Is the brand name of DuPont for chloroprene rubber. The fabric is rubbery and is used eg in diving suits.||Keeps you warm, especially if you've been sweating and your mask is wet.
|Micro-fleece||Is an artificially manufactured fabric made of polyester. The raw material is often made from plastic bottles, which are recycled. Meanwhile, the polyester is often mixed with other substances.||Keeps you warm and feels very soft. It is also lightweight, durable, breathable and dries quickly.
|Wool||Wool has been made from animal fur, mostly sheep, for millennia. For this purpose, the animals are shorn and from the hair yarns are made.||Also keeps you warm, breathable and absorbs moisture without feeling damp.
|Polyester||A synthetic plastic from which fibers are made. These can be used as yarn for clothing.||Is usually only upper material to make a mask waterproof and windproof.
Ski Mask Colour
Ski hoods are available in different shapes and colours, but this has no deeper meaning. The colour of the ski mask is purely a matter of taste and allows you to completely harmonize your ski outfit.
Some products have additional reflectors to be seen in bad weather and darkness anyway. It’s an important feature that gives you extra protection. If your dream facial mask does not have reflectors, but you’d like some, you can still attach them yourself.
Adhesive reflectors for textiles you will find for little money in various shops such as amazon.de. Here we have linked the page for your purchase.
Breathability is an important feature of the functionality of outdoor clothing. This generally means the air permeability or water vapour permeability of textiles.
Yes, anyone who does sports sweats. That’s why breathability is so important. Otherwise, the heat between your body and clothes or the sweat cools uncomfortable.
In the case of a ski mask, this effect is mainly produced by inhaling and inhaling. The clothing should make it possible to direct the resulting moisture from the skin to the outside.
Lightweight synthetic fibres such as polyester, polyamide, poly-acrylic or polypropylene quickly pull the sweat away from the body, allowing the moisture to wick and dry quickly.
For wool, merino wool is always a good choice. Like light synthetic fibres, moisture absorbs, dissipates it away from the body and dries quickly. Another advantage is the soft material and the odour inhibiting effect.
Who likes to do a lot of outdoor sports knows: There is no wrong weather, only wrong clothes. Over the head most of the heat is lost. You should not compromise here.
A good tip for you: Make sure that as much of your face and neck as possible is covered.
The right materials for processing play an important role in cold protection. If you value a thermo function, consider neoprene masks.