Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is a Balaclava?

A balaclava, also known as a balaclava helmet or ski mask, is a form of headgear covering the whole head, with only upper part of the face, or sometimes only the eyes, mouth, and nose. The name comes from the use of the Balaclava at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War in Crimea.

 

2. Who invented balaclavas?

British people first used balaclavas. During the Crimean War, knitted balaclavas were sent over to the British troops to help protect them from the bitter cold weather.

 

3. Are balaclavas legal?

The laws for Balaclavas are vary for different countries. Some countries make the use of balaclavas illegal because it disguises your identity and can call for some harmful action. Best to check with your country if it is legal or not.

 

4. How does a balaclava stop heat from escaping?

Your body loses heat through radiation into the environment naturally. This is because we lack a well formed system of hairs on our bodies that other animals such as dogs and cats have. Hair helps keep their bodies warm because it forms an insulating layer around their body where the heat their body produces and releases into the environment is captured, thus keeping them warm. Because humans lack this kind of hair, we wear clothes. Clothes act like the hair on animals because it provides an insulating layer around our body. Because of the insulating layer, our body heat is caught and kept around us, thus keeping us warm. Without the clothes (such as the balaclava), the heat is lost into the environment and we do not stay warm.

 

5. Would a balaclava be good for airsoft?

Yes, it could be. You can wear it as head gear.

 

6. How do I stop my Balaclava from fogging up my glasses?

For people with glasses, wearing a Balaclava with them may fog them up really easily. There are anti-fog gels and coatings you can buy to prevent this.

 

7. How do you pronounce Balaclava?

It is pronounced as bah-la-clah-va.

 

8. Why do special ops soldiers wear balaclavas?

It can hide their identity, protect their skin from debris, burns, and irritants, and it can also work as camouflage.

 

9. Can balaclavas be worn by women?

There are different types of balaclava made for different genders. This site has a lot of unisex products that you can check out.

 

10. When is it acceptable to wear a balaclava?

Generally, you wear a balaclava during the winter time to protect your face from the cold. There are also different designs of the balaclava available on this shop with cartoon characters, superheroes, etc., that you can use during costume parties.

 

11. Should I tuck the balaclava into the shirt or flash suit?

When testing balaclava’s with face shields or with goggles we typically do not tuck them since that is dependent on the worker but that is the best practice. This keeps the arc rated balaclava from exposing the neck. This is the best practice.

 

12. Can I wear head gear with the balaclava?

Yes, most balaclavas allow you to wear helmets or any other kind of head gear with no discomfort.

 

13. Will I be able to move freely with the balaclava?

It depends on the design of the balaclava. There are balaclavas that naturally stretch with the movements of your head to make moving more comfortable.

 

14. Can I wear glasses or goggles with the balaclava?

Yes, but make sure that the design allows you to wear glasses. If you absolutely cannot go out or move without glasses, ensure that the balaclava design you will buy allows you to wear them.

 

15. Will a balaclava really keep me warm?

Yes. Good quality balaclavas have been proven quite useful for protection against the cold.

 

16. What is a balaclava for?

It will keep your head warm and will prevent cold from touching your skin. It can protect you against frostbites in wintry circumstances and irritations that occur due to harsh weather conditions. It also covers the back of the neck and head and prevents turbulent air from hitting straight against your skin.

 

17. How do I choose the size of my balaclava?

Most balaclavas fit both men and women of any size as they are stretchable. Some products here have dimensions for you to check.

 

18. How do I choose the perfect balaclava?

There are five things you can look at when choosing the balaclava for you: fabric, design, vision range, multipurpose, and size.

 

19. What is the best fabric of balaclavas?

Make sure you use allergy free fabric to prevent unwanted rash. Buy high quality balaclavas that will keep your skin warm and dry during the harshest and coldest conditions.

 

20. What are thin and non-thermal balaclavas for?

They can be used under helmets for motorcycling or other outdoor activities to just protect the head. It can also be used for 

 

21. Can motorcycle balaclavas really protect the helmet?

Aside from protecting your head, balaclavas can also protect the lifespan of your helmet because it prevents the sweat from going directly into your helmet.

 

22. Can you breathe while wearing the balaclava?

Balaclavas have holes which allow you to breathe properly while wearing them.

 

23. Can kids wear balaclavas?

Anyone can wear balaclavas, as long as they are of the right size.

 

24. When was the balaclava introduced to the US?

It was introduced a long time ago during the Crimean War, which was in the 1850s. The largest American usage was during World War II.

 

25. Is it legal to wear balaclavas in public?

It depends on the country or state you are in. Some don't allow wearing of balaclavas as it can be used to hide your identity.

 

26. Can soldiers wear balaclavas?

Soldiers can wear balaclavas for protection. Sometimes they are even required to wear authorized balaclavas.

 

27. How does a balaclava stop heat from escaping?

Your body loses heat through radiation into the environment naturally. This is because we lack a well formed system of hairs on our bodies that other animals such as dogs and cats have. Hair helps keep their bodies warm because it forms an insulating layer around their body where the heat their body produces and releases into the environment is captured, thus keeping them warm. Because humans lack this kind of hair, we wear clothes. Clothes act like the hair on animals because it provides an insulating layer around our body. Because of the insulating layer, our body heat is caught and kept around us, thus keeping us warm. Without the clothes (such as the balaclava), the heat is lost into the environment and we do not stay warm.

 

28. How do you stop the balaclava from fogging up your glasses?

There are anti-fog gels and coatings that can help you prevent fogging.

 

29. What is the best balaclava?

It depends on you and your preferences, but a comfortable and high quality balaclava would be best.

 

30. Where can I buy balaclavas?

You can buy a balaclava on this site -- it has a lot of different balaclavas suited for different head shapes and different styles.

 

31. How do you knit a balaclava?

You can knit them as you would other head dresses, but it would be easier to just buy one from this site.

 

32. How much would shipping cost?

It would depend on the weight of your chosen balaclava and your location.

 

33. Are balaclavas dorky?

Balaclavas are worn for a reason -- to protect your head from the cold, etc. They are not dorky, and there are different designs you can choose from to suit your outfit of the day.

 

34. Are balaclavas banned in banks?

Yes, banks don't allow people in balaclavas to enter since this may hide your identity. Some may allow them, but to be sure, just remove the balaclava when entering a bank, and put it back on when you go out.

 

35. Can I wear my balaclava in public?

Of course you can, except in some countries or places wherein balaclavas are illegal. 

 

36. Are balaclavas acceptable in parties?

Yes. There are certain balaclavas on this site that are specifically suited for wearing to parties.

 

37. Can I wear a balaclava instead of a face mask for airsoft?

Yes, as long as you keep your eyes covered with goggles. It is perfectly safe.

 

38. Where can I get personalized balaclavas?

There are balaclavas on this site and on others that are customizable.

 

39. Where can I get cheap but good quality balaclavas?

This site offers cheap but good quality balaclavas for comfort and quality. Some are a bit more expensive than others, but rest assured that the quality will always be good.

 

40. Will I look like a burglar if I wear a balaclava?

Burglars are known to be wearing balaclavas all the time to hide their identity, but you will not automatically look like one if you wear one. You just have to choose the perfect balaclava that looks good on you and gives you the purpose that you need from it.

 

41. I want a balaclava that looks different. Where can I find one?

This balaclava shop offers different kinds of balaclavas, from really plain ones to cartoon characters.

 

42. Can I wash my balaclava?

You can wash your balaclavas to help keep them clean. Just keep the material in mind for you to identify the proper cleaning process. There are materials indicated on the descriptions of each product on this site.

 

43. Can I protect my ear canals during airsoft with the balaclava?

Yes, because it covers your whole head.

 

44. Why do we have to keep our head warm in the winter?

We have to keep our head warm because our brain and body cannot function when our internal temperature drops too low. A lot of heat is lost, and there is some lost through your head. Your body will spend a lot of energy trying to keep your body warm if it gets too cold which is not good as this energy can be used on something else.

 

45. What fabrics wick away sweat?

Balaclavas with the polyester material can get rid of your sweat.

 

46. What is the best balaclava for winter?

You can get a very thick one like our balaclava made up of polyester fleece.

 

47. How do you pronounce balaclava?

It's pronounced just how it's spelled: bah-lah-cla-vah.

 

48. Should I tuck the balaclava into the shirt or flash suit?

When testing balaclava’s with face shields or with goggles we typically do not tuck them since that is dependent on the worker but that is the best practice. This keeps the arc rated balaclava from exposing the neck. This is the best practice.

 

49. Are there any lightweight balaclavas?

Yes there are. You can just look at the description to know the weight of each balaclava we sell.

 

50. Can I breathe properly with balaclavas on?

Definitely. Balaclavas have holes through the nose to help you breathe properly while having comfort.