Customer reviews for Mountain Hardwear Desna™ Balaclava

Mountain Hardwear Desna™ Balaclava

Desna™ Balaclava
Overall rating:
4.143 / 5
4.1
 / 
5
(7 reviews) 7
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5 out of 6(83%) recommend this product
Customer reviews for Desna™ Balaclava
Review 1 for Desna™ Balaclava
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Winter hiking essential

PostedDecember 19, 2013
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dobintrail
Location: Wilton, Maine
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
Fits Slightly Large
True Fit
Too Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I'm pleased to get the Desna Balaclava that fits well, and along with my goggles protects my face above treeline when snowshoeing in Maine and New Hampshire's White Mountains. An essential for winter hiking.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Desna™ Balaclava
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Multi-Functional Head/Neck/Face Wear

PostedMay 29, 2013
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Robert5
Location: Denali, AK
Experience: Core
Employee: No
Too Small
Fits Slightly Large
True Fit
Too Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I used the Desna as my “lightweight” balaclava on Denali. It seemed a bit large at first, but the sizing actually made it easier to adjust and accommodate additional head and neckwear. The mouth/nose pieces isn’t form fitting, but it did block the wind without causing major glasses/goggle fog up. I definitely appreciated the longer neck piece, which made it seem like both a neck gaiter and a face mask.
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Review 3 for Desna™ Balaclava
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Great For Extreme Cold but with no sun glasses

PostedMay 2, 2013
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Alxmountainman
Location: Denver, CO
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
Fits Slightly Large
True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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I think this is a great balaclava for very cold conditions wearing no sunglasses because they get all fogged up! :-)
I still love it and will use it when doing bivys and maybe even for extreme cold skiing, but I don't ski much...
You can always pull it down under your mouth to avoid the fogging, but that's not the intention for this item...
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Desna™ Balaclava
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5 / 5
5 / 5

It's a balaclava

PostedFebruary 11, 2013
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Abbatoir
Location: Vermont
Experience: Core
Employee: No
Too Small
True Fit
True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
There's really not that much to say about a balaclava. This one fits great under a helmet. It's warm and the holes help keep it from turning it into an icy mask. I found myself pulling the front down when yelling commands to my climbing partner so he could hear, but I also tend to not speak clearly anyway. It will get lots of use the rest of the season.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Desna™ Balaclava
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Was skeptical

PostedDecember 10, 2012
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Reed
Location: SLC, UT
Experience: Core
Employee: No
Too Small
True Fit
True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I was definitely skeptical about getting a balaclava, never have really liked the way they feel in the past. This one is great though, fit is perfect, material is phenomenal and it's super warm!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Desna™ Balaclava
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Good for a typical winter, useless for extremes

PostedNovember 20, 2012
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Kalkberg
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Experience: Core
Employee: No
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
Gave this one a shot for a Tibetan November. It kept me toasty at lower wind speeds, but was nearly useless above ~15 mph. I would recommend it for a ski trip or a typical winter in colder climes, but not for serious cold and wind. In terms of size, I have a fairly large noggin (XL usually), and I felt like I was swimming in it. While it is great in terms of width, the length seems a bit obnoxious. The nose hole was nearly at my mouth, and the bottom extended about half-way down my chest. While I'll find something else for the field, I'll keep this one around for other uses.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Desna™ Balaclava
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Quality product, oversized

PostedNovember 1, 2012
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FlyNavy
Location: Pentagon
Experience: Core
Employee: No
Too Small
Too Large
True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Seems to run very large. My 7 1/2" melon swims in the men's large size. Otherwise, an outstanding product.
I would recommend this product.
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