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WS Gorilla Balaclava
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WS Gorilla Balaclava

WS Gorilla Balaclava

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: WS Gorilla Balaclava

Manufacturer: Outdoor Research

Your Opinion: 
 - 4 Votes


Page By: Alpinist

Created/Edited: Jul 25, 2007 / Jul 25, 2007

Object ID: 3576

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Product Description

This mountaineering balaclava performs in the harshest weather. It has a soft fleece interior and a weather-resistant shell. The nose and mesh breathing port are removable, allowing you to tailor your coverage to meet conditions.

Multifunctional Design
The greatest strength of a balaclava is that it can be worn in many different ways.


+ WindStopper® Soft Shell fabric; highly weather-resistant and breathable
+ Contoured, wrap-around design
+ Removable face mask with mesh breathing port; hook/loop attached
+ Elastane trim

Avg. weight: 2.8 oz./79 g (size L)


US retail cost: $45



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climbxclimbNot a Great fit..

Voted 3/5

I bought this balaclava a couple of years ago, and I wore it only a few times.
The reason is that, although it is very warm, it is not very comfortable to wear it.
The nose mask, does not fit very well and it is a little difficult to breath.
I now use a combination of a neoprene face mask and a OR Windstopper skull cap, it work much better....
Posted Aug 4, 2007 2:14 pm

AltitudeSicknessGood OR product

Voted 3/5

I like this balaclava better than the Sonic version. The thing they have in common is the poor fit around the mouth. This causes vapor and condensation on my glasses. I am going to have my wife try some custom sewing to aleviate this. Hopefully this works.
Posted Jan 4, 2008 4:27 pm

JanVanGenkPoor fit

Voted 2/5

The only positive thing - it's warm (but there are other balaclavas/combinations which give at least the same warmth and work much better).
If you look for a similar product, a combo of a face mask and a cap works much better (the OR face mask in contrary is a nice piece of gear).
The name rocks though:) - you look indeed like a gorilla when wearing this balaclava!
Posted Aug 5, 2008 7:50 am

HotovenNo Bad

Voted 5/5

I like this a lot. It fits me fine, but I have a smaller head. You have to practice putting it on in the mirror a few times to get a feel for where to put the Velcro attachments. It stops the wind and keeps you super warm!
Posted Feb 12, 2010 4:23 pm

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