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MLD APEX BALACLAVA

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

FROM $70.00

ClimaShield Apex Warmth.

WEIGHT: 1.6 oz – 2.2 oz | 45 gm – 62 gm

The MLD Apex Balaclava is filled with ClimaShield Apex Synthetic Insulation, which, unlike down fill, will keep your head warm even when it's wet.

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APEX BALACLAVA

ClimaShield Apex Warmth.
WEIGHT: 1.6 oz – 2.2 oz | 45 gm – 62 gm

The MLD Apex Balaclava is filled with ClimaShield Apex Synthetic Insulation, which, unlike down fill, will keep your head warm even when it’s wet. Not sold on synthetic? We present “7 Reasons Why An Apex Synthetic Balaclava Beats a Down Balaclava”:

1. As mentioned, Apex is warmer when wet.
2. Apex dries faster than down.
3. Due to faster drying, there is less condensation build up during constant wear.
4. Apex is thinner than down at the same temp rating.
5. Much easier and faster to field wash and dry.
6. Fewer seams than a down balaclava.
7. Almost Zero % allergenic compared to down.

Yes, the same balaclava in down is a whopping 0.3 oz lighter, but is it worth it? Even if you are using a down sleeping bag, down quilt, and hoodless down jacket, we think going with an Apex Synthetic Balaclava is a wise choice.

Comes in two sizes and two fill options.

FEATURES

• MLD Mountain 10D X 10D Micro Ripstop 3X DWR fabric 0.72 oz sq/yd outer
• ClimaShield Apex Synthetic fill
• Absolute minimum # of stitched seams for more strength and water resistance
• Adjustable drawcord face hole can be cinched over eyes for sleeping or around glasses /goggles to keep your eyeballs from freezin’
• Underarm bungee cords hold hood secure and keeps it straight & centered over face
• Extra long and wide neck and back tongues to prevent drafts when used with a hood-less quilt

MEDIUM SIZE

HEAD CIRC: 21.75- 23 in | 55 – 58 cm
FITS: Most Women and Small/Medium Men

LARGE SIZE

Large
HEAD CIRC: 23+ in | 58+ cm
FITS: Most Men and Women With Thick Hair

HOW TO MEASURE

To discover which size is best for you, measure around your head across eyebrows and just above ears. If in doubt, SIZE UP.

MATERIALS:

OUTER: MLD Mountain 10D X 10D Micro Ripstop 3X DWR fabric 0.72 oz sq/yd outer
FILL: ClimaShield Apex Synthetic fill

FILL OPTIONS | TEMPERATURE RATINGS

STANDARD: 2 oz sq/yd Apex Insulation fill
TOTAL WEIGHT (MEDIUM): 1.6 oz | 45 gm
SLEEP TEMP: 35 – 55 F | 1 – 12 C
HIKING TEMP: 15 to 35 F | -10 – 1 C

* Users of the Spirit Quilt 48 and 38 will want this one.

EXTRA: 4 oz sq/yd Apex Insulation fill
COST: +$5
TOTAL WEIGHT (MEDIUM): 2.2 oz | 62 gm
SLEEP TEMP: 14 to 45 F | -10 to 8 C
HIKING TEMP: -10 to 25 F | -23 to -4 C

* Users of the Spirit Quilt 28 will want this one.

USER TIPS

• Most users of lightweight synthetic and down hood-less backcountry quilts will choose this style of balaclava.
• Pair the 2 oz MLD Apex Balaclava with a thin stretch facemask-style 1 oz balaclava to form a versatile layering system for all conditions above 10 degrees. This combo adds about 5 – 10 degree of comfort above the 2 oz MLD Apex Balaclava temperature rating
• Apex synthetic insulation is warmer than down at the same thickness and feels less bulky when used inside a hooded jacket or hooded mummy bag

We suggest that even if you use a down sleeping bag or quilt you consider using an Apex Balaclava for these reasons:

1. Synthetic is warm when wet and dries much faster than down. Head insulation is critical and an APEX balaclava only weighs about 0.3 oz more than a down balaclava of the the same temperature rating with similar design features.
2. Head sweat, breath vapor drool condensation crud etc, hair oils and ear dirt can be easily cleaned out of a synthetic balaclava in the field and air dry much faster than down. It can even be wrung out and worn damp to dry via head warmth while hiking.

1 review for MLD APEX BALACLAVA

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Abela

    I have been using the MLD APEX Balaclava since late 2014, it is my go-to, and only, balaclava ever since getting it.

    Mine is the 4oz/sqy version and it pairs up very nicely with my MLD ‘Spirit 28’ quilt, as well as my MLD ‘FKT Quilt’.

    It has been with me on a few thousand miles of hiking. At a tad over 2 ounces, look no further, just buy this!

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