Extreme Balaclava

A fleece balaclava with good wind and abrasion resistance. The full skirt stops blizzard snow from entering the neck of your jacket.
For clothing, weight is for size: M. For sleeping bags, weight changes with selected length/width. N.B. there may be some variation in the weights of finished products.
80g / 3oz
Extreme Balaclava

Simply outstanding. 10 out of 10.
Robert Swan (OBE, FRGS).



  • Wind resistant warp-knit Taiga fleece
  • Full blizzard skirt
  • Lycra at face


This balaclava is made in a warp knit fleece that gives excellent wind resistance (but is not entirely wind proof) and good durability. Complete with a full "skirt", covering all the area below the neck where the wind tries to knife in. A small but effective piece of expedition gear.

The warp knit fleece we use for this garment is lighter and distinctly more windproof than conventional weft-knit fleeces.


Taiga fleece

This warp-knit fleece is primarily for real activity use rather than the street scene, although its comfort and lightness give little indication of its robust performance. It will resist abrasion and cut the wind far better than normal weft-knit fleeces, shrug off a shower and dry very quickly after a soaking. If work or play takes you out into the elements, take Taiga fleece - you'll notice the difference.

Read our blog post on Taiga fleece.

"Simply outstanding. Plenty of extra tuck-in material round the neck. The fabric covering inside the breathing hole is incredible it DOES not ice up. 10 out of 10 to PHD."
— Robert Swan (OBE, FRGS) the first person to walk to both Poles.

"So pleased with my lovely Extreme Balaclava - especially this winter, just brilliant."
James H.

As used by Jim McNeill, the EverestMax team, and the BBC's Tribe team in Siberia.


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