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When I was living in Korea, I had a Nike balaclava and whenever there was a slight chill outside, it was one of my favourite items of clothing. So when I saw a merino wool balaclava on SierraTradingPost, that was only about $5, I snapped it up. Having used it a few times, it’s really not ideal for cycling. While my Nike balaclava could be used from anything from a buff to a full on balaclava depending on the temperature, this one can’t. The hole for the eyes is designed to minimise the amount of exposed skin, which doesn’t help when combined with sunglasses as they fog up quickly. There is also no consideration made to the need to breathe, and so if it’s cold the material in front of your mouth gets moist and can freeze up. This item of clothing was really not designed to be worn during activity and so I really should look to replace it.

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