Snowboarding is best done on snow and in the elements although snow can be substituted depending on where you are. But if you’re in the snow and it’s blustery you might find that you need to cover your face from the elements. With that in mind the guys over at GasMask sent us a few masks to try out and see how they worked, here’s what went down on a few days in Colorado.
Product: GasMask Face Mask
Purpose: To cover your face and head from the elements.
Fit: For a balaclava styled mask it was a bit small around the top of my head which made the face hole somewhat suck.
Features: Stretch Cotton with a print on it.
Conditions: Snowy cold days where you needed to protect your face or risk frostbite.
Pros: I could pull my head through the face hole and wear it as only a mask and not a balaclava. $9.99 price tag for something with a bit of character.
Cons: It froze on me in the first 20 minutes and proceeded to be a giant solid mass stuck to my face. The over all cut on this definitely fits certain head shapes better than others as this one barely came to the crest of my forehead. This caused a gap between my goggles and the mask a.k.a. Gaper Gap.
Durability: I tried ripping one in half and even stretching it out to the max capacity it rebounded fine. I didn’t bother washing any of the six that were given to me as I just didn’t see the point.
Personal Thoughts: It’s made out of stretch cotton what more can be said other than the word COTTON is in there. Cotton doesn’t wick away moisture (unless it’s that crazy tech Cotton Polarmax has) it collects it which explains why the damn thing froze to my face. Over all not impressed with this as it’s the equivalent of adding a bandana to your face.
What They Say: A great face mask for the coldest of days, or it makes a great gift. Our face masks are lightweight and are not bulky like other competitors masks. They don’t look like a male speedo or a bikini bottom. They are skin tight and are made of the highest quality stretch cotton. Our masks are the most comfortable on the market.