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    Quote Originally Posted by billvann View Post
    No hijacking goin' down here. The balaclavas pull up over your nose to keep it warm (the original question). You do need synthetic as your breath will make it wet from condensation.

    Mean no harm just messing around.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perkolady View Post
    Very nice quilt!

    I want one... waaaaaah!!!

    Looks very toasty for sure!

    For keeping the nose warm.... I use either a fleece balaclava, a fleece neck gaiter, or if it'd be too much having the fleece, my regular buff works pretty well. If it gets damp, it dries pretty quick!

    Sarah, will you be keeping an online journal of your thru somewhere?
    So does the fleece dry/wick away moisture? I have a merino buff, it's seems kind of thin. Guess I could try that next time.

    I will be doing a written journal, but will be "checking in" quite a lot here on the forum and do little trip reports I would like to stay in touch with the upcoming gatherings that might be happening out that way

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahgirl View Post
    So does the fleece dry/wick away moisture? I have a merino buff, it's seems kind of thin. Guess I could try that next time.
    No easy answer there. I find for me, a lot depends on HOW cold it is and how much humidity is in the air. If it's super cold and dry, the fleece seems to get a bit frosty-ish on the outside sometimes, where when it's more humid, it doesn't frost up as much. I think that the body heat/breath heat in there keeps it from frosting as well. I've never felt like it was soaked though.

    I also gotta say that when I wear my fleece balaclava, I often find that I end up being too warm on my face, so I take it off my nose. I'm no scientist, but it seems like maybe the balaclava is retaining enough heat to help warm the rest of my face without it being over my nose.

    I really prefer to use my buff over my face (I think mine is coolmax?). I kinda feel a bit claustrophobic with the fleece over my nose, where I don't with the buff. The buff seems to be toasty enough to me, with my warm breath in there. It seems to dry faster than the fleece as well.

    btw, years ago I tried one of those neoprene face mask thingies. UG! It was aweful!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sarahgirl View Post
    I will be doing a written journal, but will be "checking in" quite a lot here on the forum and do little trip reports I would like to stay in touch with the upcoming gatherings that might be happening out that way
    Let us know where we can read along, so we can all say hello now and then. When I've done long distance hikes, I've found it's really a good source of encouragement to read people's little comments here and there. Helps the long darker hours pass much nicer!

    Enjoy your new quilt! It really looks SO wonderful!!

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    I use this facemask:
    http://www.rei.com/product/725712

    It's neofleece, but has airholes for the mouth and a nose opening...keeps the wind off the nose but lets out the moisture. I can't stand sleeping with stuff over my mouth...even if it's not tight I feel like I'm suffocating. This facemask works for me. They make a few combos with the same facemask on a scarf, full balaclava, etc.
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    Whoooooo buddy Sarahgirl is good to go AT'ing!!!!!!
    As to the probuscis ..... I have a really cool, all soft fleece facemask with an open mouth and it covers the nose. Velcro in back. Comfy and warm. Got it ages ago from Campmor I think. Would be a cinch to make. I never really liked the fleece-lined neoprene ... it was just to "heavy" on my face. But I have one for back-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahgirl View Post
    So does the fleece dry/wick away moisture? I have a merino buff, it's seems kind of thin. Guess I could try that next time.

    I will be doing a written journal, but will be "checking in" quite a lot here on the forum and do little trip reports I would like to stay in touch with the upcoming gatherings that might be happening out that way
    Sarahgirl ... check out these fleece options ... on sale with DuluthTrading. I can fully reccmd these guys and their customer service. EXCELLENT products and really great CS.

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    Yup, great job Stormcrow! Some fine stitching, as always.

    Hope it serves you well, sarahgril. And let me know if you want to do a winter hang in sw wisconsin/ne iowa to further test your gear. Good luck w/ the planning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosUno View Post
    Mean no harm just messing around.....
    Whew! I re-read my post trying to figure what I said that was off-topic. Or mayby I posted teh wrong link.


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    Thanks for all the ideas and links to balaclavas. Who knew there were that many styles/brands


    Jofish and anyone in the WI area, I would be down to do one last test possibly 3rd week in January.

    p.s. sorry to divert from the original subject matter

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahgirl View Post
    o one last test possibly 3rd week in January.

    p.s. sorry to divert from the original subject matter
    I bet you could find a few WI denizens ready to head out into the woods for a test hang! Depending on work and what all is going on, I'd definitely be interested.
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