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Description

Harsh conditions demand serious protection, and the Outdoor Research Windstopper Gorilla Balaclava is ready to live up to its name. You'll find unmatched storm protection in this windproof mountaineering balaclava. Windstopper technical fleece lays the foundation for the ultimate in storm protection with reliable windproof protection. The removable face mask with mesh breathing port adds nose and mouth coverage to maximize skin coverage, while the hat's soft fleece interior provides next-to-skin comfort. Contoured for a snug fit, the Gorilla Balaclava is helmet compatible and lightweight. You'll be ready to brave the stormiest weather imaginable with the Outdoor Research Windstopper Gorilla Balaclava

Specifications

  • Material: WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell fabric with fleece backing
  • Elastane trim
  • Flat-seam construction
  • Contoured ear band
  • Removable face mask with mesh breathing port; hook/loop attached

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

30 Reviews

Pros
  • Ease of use: 9
  • Great design: 5
  • Great value: 5
  • Lasts forever: 4

Cons
  • a little funky looking but fits my personality: 1
  • Bad design: 1
  • sizes run a little big barely: 1
  • somewhat awkward fit: 1
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Quality: 4.5 / 5
Comfort: 3.9 / 5
Warmth: 4.5 / 5

30 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
junifer

great gear
November 24, 2010

I like windstop material always, and it has several velcro attached on nose and neck through mouth, so it's easy to wear on and off. it fit little large, but not too bad. I like the Outdoor Research Windstopper Gorilla Balaclava, and it will work all winter mountain hiking.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use

Great construction poorly sized.
December 13, 2009

If you are looking for a warm and versatile face mask this may be for you. Just make sure you order a size smaller than you typically wear. I purchased this after reading a great review in Backpacker magazine. The thing that I like most about this particular face mask is that you can open up the mouth area to drink water or get some better ventilation. Unfortunately they did not have the size I needed in stock to fit my melon shaped head. I tried a large but it was too loose in the eye area. This would cause the mask to flap like a loose tent fly once I got into the wind. I love OR gear and would definitely buy this if they had my size.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
PowWow
from The Great Northwest
55-64 yrs

GREAT WIND PROtrecTION!
March 31, 2011

I love this balaclava. Because my face gets cold snowboarding, I had been wearing 2 face masks which was a bit bulky. Now I am perfectly comfortable, warm, and I love its versitlity.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Plumbob

December 30, 2012

This hat makes a excellent wind stopper! Very warm with both flaps. Takes some getting use to re adjusting if you remove one of the flaps, but other than that I would recommend this product to any one spending a lot of time outdoors!

Pros: Great value

I purchased the balaclava from Altrec. I am very much satified.
June 14, 2010

Before purchasing a balaclava I discussed the matter in great details with the associate at Altrec. His response to my questions regarding the material, the proper use at high altitude was highly commendable. The manner in which they answered my questions relating to my concern regarding its choice, proper material, size and fitting, etc. were very satisfactory. Above all the courteous manner in which they answered my concerns were unusually unique in politeness. Upon receiving the merchandise I found the fitting is very good as assured by them. The material is also excellent. It would be a great pleasure to recommend Altrec for shopping with them.

Excellent cold and wind protection
January 28, 2010

Balaclava provides excellent protection from the cold and wind. The removable nose/mouth guard adds another level of functionality when full protection is not needed.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
everOn
from Portland, OR
25-34 yrs

Very warm & protective ... a little awkward fit
December 08, 2010

I've had this balaclava for about a month now, and have worn it probably 9 to 10 times without the nose-piece, and a couple times with it. First off, this thing has great coverage - it fits down around your neck so you can zip your jacket over it to form a wind & water -tight area. Plus it's really warm - the few times I've had to wear the nose-piece I've been very snug and comfortable. The only downsides are that when wearing it with the part over my mouth (and especially when wearing the nose-piece), it's a little hard to breathe, mostly when going up hills. This is really hard to prevent though, and for the coverage it gives it's worth it. The other thing is that when putting it on it tends to sit a little sideways on my head. Now maybe I just have an oblong, or oddly shaped head, but this makes getting it on and in position a bit of a trial. Also, the size runs pretty big - even though I have a pretty big head, the L size is a little loose. All in all a really good thing for wet, cold weather riding.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Great value, warm & water resistant, Cons: somewhat awkward fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
Whateever
from Fresno California
45-54 yrs

Gorrilla Balaclava
January 21, 2013

Beautiful,but a little hard to get it all adjusted straight,but after that it is the best piece of equipment I own.If your head or feet get cold while in the high country you are in trouble ,this balaclava will not let that happen,the best ,I would recommend to anyone heading to the Mountains in cold weather,and great to sleep in,thanks ,Maddog

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, great to sleep with

A great addition to any winter gear collection!
August 16, 2010

This product is great! The fit is true to size and it's everything Outdoor Research claims it to be. With this baby on you won't be feeling jack frost breathing down your neck when your on that ever pressing summit bid at 12 am with a negative 15 windchill blowing at you 30 mph. Good job Outdoor Research!!

Comfort: 1 / 5
Durability: 2 / 5
Quality: 1 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
galerider
45-54 yrs

November 25, 2010

This is the warmest product on the market. The product is also relatively confortable. Good protection against the wind and ice. I highly recommend it.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever

Excellent on Aconcagua!
March 17, 2010

I purchased this specifically for my ascent of Aconcagua with Mountain Madness. Even though Aconcagua is notorious for being extremely cold (colder than Everest) I never had problems with the wind or cold due to this balaclava. In fact, it was so warm I ended up taking the nose piece off and simply using the traditional balaclava. Great piece of equipment to have in your backpack!!

bety
top500Contributor

great
December 06, 2009

very warm. size small.

not for real cold but ok layered
January 08, 2010

...is ok as part of many layers for outdoor work in Northern Plains winter but not alone. I use with another balaclava, hat and hood in temps -5 to -29F with windchill ranging from -23 to -39F (that's to -31 Celsius.) The pros: velcro to adjust how it fits face; decent windbreak; the mesh layer and nose hole. The cons: weird fit, room for a cap or 2 under it but the throat is too snug and isn't low enough in back; not warm by itself unless it's in the 20s or 30s (above zero) F; need more warmth over nose, may sew in silk/wool layer. I don't use the chin layer. If I have it over my mouth, too much vapor get in my goggles, I adjust it lower so my mouth has clear access to the upper panel's mesh and that works well with my goggles.

REVIEW
June 11, 2009

I ordered size that was too big but it worked fine as well.

I purchased the balaclava from Altrec. I am very much satified.
June 14, 2010

Before purchasing a balaclava I discussed the matter in great details with the associate at Altrec. His response to my questions regarding the material, the proper use at high altitude was highly commendable. The manner in which they answered my questions relating to my concern regarding its choice, proper material, size and fitting, etc. were very satisfactory. Above all the courteous manner in which they answered my concerns were unusually unique in politeness. Upon receiving the merchandise I found the fitting is very good as assured by them. The material is also excellent. It would be a great pleasure to recommend Altrec for shopping with them.

Awesome Great against the wind
January 22, 2010

No bulk but warm!! Let's you open up and get ventilation while doing more activity or close it up while doing less activity or in colder weather. My head measures 22 in. and the medium works well. The small worked but was a little too tight.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
FargoResident

Gorilla stays warm in winter
January 17, 2013

I have used OR hats and balaclavas for winter activity and snow removal in North Dakota for some time. I like the Gorilla design as the face/nose cover is adjustable with the Velcro, and I can get the mouth port exactly where I want it (I have a long face and this is a problem with other balaclavas). You need to get used to putting the Gorilla on, or look in a mirror to get the wrap around part exactly where you want it, so that is a downside. I'm usually dressing inside and then going into the cold, so that isn't an issue for me. I like the protection from wind that the Gorilla offers, and it is quite warm until the temp falls below zero. It works fine for bitterly cold days when I need to be active but need my face covered, such as snowblowing on a cold windy day. The removable face mask is also a nice option if you get too warm and want more air.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance

Very comfortable--great addition to a non hooded soft shell
January 12, 2010

I see many very nice soft shell jackets, but few have hoods. Being cold natured, I like a hood even when I wear a ski helmet. This balaclava is the perfect answer to my no hood dilemma. It is especially versatile because the mask section is removable.

not for real cold but ok layered
January 08, 2010

...is ok as part of many layers for outdoor work in Northern Plains winter but not alone. I use with another balaclava, hat and hood in temps -5 to -29F with windchill ranging from -23 to -39F (that's to -31 Celsius.) The pros: velcro to adjust how it fits face; decent windbreak; the mesh layer and nose hole. The cons: weird fit, room for a cap or 2 under it but the throat is too snug and isn't low enough in back; not warm by itself unless it's in the 20s or 30s (above zero) F; need more warmth over nose, may sew in silk/wool layer. I don't use the chin layer. If I have it over my mouth, too much vapor get in my goggles, I adjust it lower so my mouth has clear access to the upper panel's mesh and that works well with my goggles.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
SOLARGOLD
from Central Texas
35-44 yrs

GR8 FOR BIKERS
March 20, 2012

THIS ITEM WAS PURCHASED FOR THOSE OH SO COLD MORNING RIDES INTO WORK WITH A HALF SHELL HELMET. THE QUALITY AND WARMTH PROVIDED DO EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED. THE BALACLAVA PROTECTS FROM THE ELEMENTS ON COLD DAY RIDES WITHOUT BEING TOO COMPLICATED TO ADJUST THE FIT. HIGHLY RECOMMEND AS A MUST HAVE ITEM. THANX TO THE CUSTOMER SERVICES PROVIDED BY ALTREC STAFF ON EXCHANGING FOR THE CORRECT SIZE, as the LG WAS TOO LOOSE BASED ON MEASUREMENT TO FIT.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: sizes run a little big barely
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
Pointman
from Tampa, FL
45-54 yrs

Good To Go
January 10, 2012

I used this balaclava with a UA coldgear balaclava under it in subzero conditions and it worked fantastic, It stood up to a 40 MPH rotor wash with a chill factor of minus 20 degrees, This item was used under severe conditons and on Helo insertions in the mountains at about 8.000 feet, Very glad i had this item with me!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Performance

Great Mask
June 11, 2009

I love to wear it around the house. It is really comfortable and really warm. It gives you great protection from the wind.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
jmcgriff
top25Contributor

from New York, NY
45-54 yrs

Not for me
September 13, 2011

I don't doubt the effectiveness of this balaclava in serious conditions. The Gorilla was a bit bulky and had an awkward fit, so I returned it and went with the Outdoor Research Windpro and I'm glad I did.

Pros: Performance, Cons: Bad design
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
amhall
top1000Contributor

Good buy
August 11, 2011

I bought this as a gift for a family member who needed some face protection for a flying power parachute. He loved it. He said it's very comfortable, durable, and warm. I would recommend it. I love OR products in general. This is just another example.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Great balaclava for cold and windy environments!
May 19, 2009

Great hood, very warm with good wind protection. Could use a little more velcro to allow more fitting flexibility.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Swizzi
from Zurich, Switzerland
25-34 yrs

Very functional Windstopper
November 15, 2010

This mask is very functional and usable in different ways cause you can wear it with or without nose and mesh port. The hook and loop fastener are not perfectly placed that's lead to the minus in the design. Nevertheless a recommendable product.

Pros: Ease of use, Cons: the design is not top
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5

25-34 yrs

Great performance
April 03, 2012

This balaclava is light and warm and suprisingly great in high winds. It converts to a beanie neck gator face mask and many other options. Great item you won't be sorry. The velcro stick very well, so you feel safe when use it whit a helmet.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
getscoldeasily

one-of-a-kind-balaclava!
April 23, 2011

Here in Colorado, we have 54 mountains over 14,00 feet. I recently climbed two of these mountains, and was definitely glad I had my OR Windstopper Gorilla Balaclava. Experiencing wind gusts of 45 mph, and wind chill values of between -5 and -15 degrees, this balaclava kept me very warm. It provides excellent overall coverage, and a proper fit is provided utilizing a velcro adjustment system. The ability to remove or add the nose and mesh breathing port is a big plus! I would definitely recommend this balaclava. This is my third purchase with Altrec, and I have been very satisfied with their service!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Snowdogs
from WI
Over 65 yrs

Versatile but...
December 12, 2010

Pros: Velcro closures allow infinite fit adjustments for tightness and nose cover. Cons: Would like the pile to be thicker (warmer). The sound of velcro being pealed off is noisy - somewhat hard on the ears. For certain genders, the mesh in the nose piece gets hung up on moustaches.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use
Hugo2

good for what I need
April 26, 2010

I like to adjust my gear for ventilation as needed. The removable face mask allows you to do so without removing anything else. Large fits normal size 7-5/8 easily

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