fire resistant fabric
fit & feel
|moisture & temperature
|no seams on face or forehead|
Engineered for maximum comfort
Hand made in the USA
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No seams around the face or forehead, flat-lock seam construction for maximum comfort
Fits all head shapes and sizes with FlexForm™ 4-way stretch FR fabric
Reduced Neck Area
Helps fabric from bunching under helmet
RF Jack Access
Button hole allows for easy fitment of earbud RF jack or drink tube
Origin: Made in USA
Certification: SFI 3.3 Hood
Material: 78% Lenzing, 19% Nomex, 3% Lycra
I will admit I didn't think changing to a different balaclava would make much of a difference. I slid my helmet on over the single layer version and knew immediately I would never go back.
I used to not wear a balaclava because they were hot and made my helmet fit tighter. The single layer is almost like having no balaclava at all. It doesn't pull against your face when you put your helmet on. The helmet slides right on. There are no seams around the face and I don't feel any pressure points anywhere on it.
On the track the difference is significant. It was nearly 100 degrees outside and my head was much cooler which lead to a noticeably cooler body temperature.
We all want an advantage as racers. Being overheated hurts our reaction time and can be dangerous if we get too hot.
As someone that was skeptical that this product was really necessary, I can tell you first hand that it's such a difference that I would say it's close to a toss up as to which I would pick, the balaclava or the shirt if I had to pick one.
I have not tried the double layer yet. I can't imagine liking any balaclava more than the Traqgear Racing Innovations single layer but I'll try it soon and post my feedback.
*Originally posted on Rennlist.com
Before my purchase from Traqgear I was using an Alpinestars balaclava. I can't really say I was unhappy but I accepted the level of comfort it afforded. I have the bad combination of a Stilo helmet and a large head so the seam running from the back to the front of my forehead always left a mark when I take my helmet off. If its leaving a mark that means pressure - which is something I can do without. Another thing about the Alipnestars I didn't like - it would bunch up around the neck.
The Traqgear balaclava (single face) was just the right thickness for me, had great elastic properties, and the extra fabric around the neck really helps to keep it tucked in. The lack of seams meant that there were no pressure points anywhere. The fabric on my previous balaclava seemed to be "rougher" where the Traqgear one has a smooth quality to it. Pulling it on you can sort of feel like Spiderman instead of feeling like you are pulling a burlap bag over your head.
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