15 Best Ski Masks | Balaclavas | Full Face | Snowboarding (2018)

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A warm, well made balaclava or ski mask is essential when you’re out on the freezing slopes. To keep your face and nose warm, we’ve made a list of our 15 best balaclavas for the snow.

Having a freezing face while skiing is not something that you want to experience, it’s important that you have well-fitted ski goggles and also keep your neck covered, these ski masks do just that. We’ve listed some of our favorites and top ski masks on the market in 2018.

Best Ski Mask and Balaclava Comparison Table

BalaclavaImageBest ForPriceOverallBuy Now
Mountain Made Balaclava Thermal Polyester Fleece Face MaskAll Round$$10/10 Check Price
Balaclava - Windproof Ski Mask - Cold Weather Face MaskAll Round$9.5/10 Check Price
Self Pro Balaclava
Skiing/Snowboarding$9/10 Check Price
Polar Fleece Windproof Ski Mask HoodSkiing/Snowboarding$9/10 Check Price
Polar Fleece Windproof Ski Mask Hood -Ultimate Thermal Retention & Moisture WickingAll Round$$8.5/10 Check Price
Cozia Design MaxPro Balaclava Ski Mask with Versatile HeadbandSkiing/Snowboarding$8.5/10 Check Price
Seirus Innovation Neofleece Thick-N-Thin Combo HeadlinerSkiing/Snowboarding$$8/10 Check Price
Carhartt Men's Helmet Liner MaskAll Round$8/10 Check Price
Fleece Windproof Ski Face Mask Balaclavas HoodAll Round$8/10 Check Price
Icebreaker Apex Balaclava, Black, One SizeAll Round$$$8/10 Check Price
BlackStrap Hood Balaclava Print Painted, One SizeSkiing/Snowboarding$$8/10 Check Price
Balaclava Face Mask, Winter Fleece Windproof Ski Mask (Men/ Women)All Round$8/10 Check Price
Pearl iZUMi Thermal Balaclava, Black, One SizeSkiing/Snowboarding$$$7.5/10 Check Price
ZANheadgear Neoprene Full Face MaskAll Round$7/10 Check Price
Dimples Excel Balaclava Tactical Skiing Face Mask (2 Pack)Skiing/Snowboarding$7/10 Check Price

Best Balaclava 🏆

The best skiing balaclava goes to the Self Pro Balaclava, well made, warm, and durable.

Best Snowboarding Balaclava 🏆

The best snowboarding balaclava is the Redess Fleece lined Balaclava, incredibly warm and great for most winter activities.

Best Full Face Balaclava 🏆

The best full face balaclava is definitely the Self Pro Fleece Hood, exceptionally warm and well made, will keep out whatever the weather throws at you and keep you warm.

Best Winter Balaclava 🏆

The out and out winner and best winter balaclava is the Mountain Made Balaclava, made for extreme weather and activities, your head and face will be kept warm no matter what you are doing.


Best Ski Masks and Balaclavas for 2018

Mountain Made Balaclava

This one size fits all balaclava is made of high quality, thermal polyester. This balaclava will most definitely keep your head, face, and neck warm throughout the winter. The balaclava has thermal heat protection, as well as wind protection. Machine washable and high quality, this balaclava will last you many seasons to come.

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Self Pro Balaclava

This balaclava is the ultimate protector against rain, snow, wind, dust and UV rays. Perfect for any outdoor winter activity or sport, this balaclava will give you full protection while keeping your face warm and toasty.  The incredibly decent price and the fact that one size fits almost everyone makes this balaclava a great buy.

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Redess Fleece lined balaclava

This 3 in one mask, hat and scarf design keeps your whole head and neck warm and protected against the elements. Perfect for when you’re speeding down the slopes or out on the open road on a cold winters day. This balaclava is a great all in one weather protector.

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Carhartt Mens Balaclava

The Carhartt balaclava is a 100% polyester, fleece lined helmet liner designed to keep your head and face warm, even in the coldest conditions. The balaclava is also made with fast dry technology which helps to wick away sweat and moisture and stops it from freezing on your head and face.

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Cozia Balaclava

The Cozia balaclava is an incredibly versatile balaclava that can be used year round for biking, skiing, snowmobiling or for a ride on your motorcycle. The balaclavas use CoolMax fibres which help with breathability, moisture wicking and extreme durability. These balaclavas are made to last.

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Blackstrap Balaclava

The Backstrap Balaclava hood comes in multiple colours, and its 4 way fabric design allows for multiple wearing options. The hood protects you from UV rays, as well as protecting you from wind, rain, and harsh weather all throughout the year. The comfortable design and soft material allows you to wear the hood for an extended period of time.

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Pearl Izumi Barrier Balaclava

The Pearl Izumi Barrier Balaclava is a layered balaclava that is wind and water resistant, ensuring your face stays warm and toasty even when the weather takes a turn for the worst. The thermal fleece has brilliant moisture control, while still keeping your face warm.

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Seirus Innovation Cold Weather Balaclava

The Seirus Innovation Cold Weather Balaclava is a combo balaclava, having a face, head, and neck protector all in one. The 5 layer neofleece construction keeps you incredibly warm. The balaclava has a tough outer shell, a waterproof and breathable liner, fleece lined neoprene, thermolite insulation, and microfleece wicking lining.

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ZANheadgear Full Mask

The ZANheadgear Full Mask is a complete head covering that keeps your head, face, nose and ears warm. This full face mask will protect against rain, snow, wind, dust and whatever other weather conditions you may be exposed to. This balaclava has multiple uses and can be used for almost any activity that requires you to keep your face warm.

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Dimples Excel Balaclava

The Dimples Excel balaclava is a full face, head, and neck protecting balaclava. The balaclava is made from lightweight, but very strong and durable material that is breathable and wicks away moisture incredibly well. Multiple wearing options also makes this balaclava very versatile.

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Self Pro Balaclava Fleece Hood

This full head hood is the epitome of complete protection, protecting you from snow, rain, wind, UV rays and whatever else the elements have to throw at you. Keep your face and head protected from the harsh sun or keep it warm in the coldest conditions, this multipurpose hood will serve you well all year round

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Fantastic Zone Balaclava Face Mask

This fleece full face balaclava is perfect for any and every outdoor activity. It absorbs sweat and moisture, keeping you dry and warm on cold days. It is extremely comfortable and warm and ideal for colder conditions and activities, whether you’re snowboarding, skiing, or outside doing winter chores.

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Self Pro Balaclava

This balaclava from Self Pro is incredibly warm, made from polar fleece, much like the same material used in winter coats and clothing. The one size fits all is incredibly breathable, absorbs moisture brilliantly, and is super comfortable. Use this balaclava for any activity during winter and it will definitely keep your face and head warm.

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Super Z Outlet Fleece Windproof Ski Face

This fleece full head and face balaclava from Super Z is incredibly soft and comfortable. This mask will keep your head and face warm even in the coldest conditions, and the multiple wearing styles allows you to adjust it to your needs. The super high quality materials ensure it will serve you well for many, many winters.

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Icebreaker Merino Apex Balaclava

The Icebreaker Merino Apex Balaclava is the definition of warmth, The overlap opening protect you even more from the elements, stopping rain, snow and wind from getting in. It is still incredibly breathable even though it almost completely covers your face, ideal for snowboarders, skiers, and winter sports enthusiasts alike.

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Conclusion

Finding the right balaclava for your needs can be a difficult process, we’re hoping this guide has given you some direction in finding the right one for you, whether you’re a skier, a snowboarder, or a winter sports enthusiast.

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Jo is a MyCU Graduate who used to be a buyer and reviewer at a big sporting goods store. He now works as a camp instructor and ski coach between South Africa and Colorado. He loves anything to do with outdoors but is happiest on the slopes or water.