Option Balaclava

Style# 243609OR

VERSATILE HEAD AND FACE PROTECTION This versatile alpine balaclava’s Thermodynamic™ fabric is stretchable enough to convert to a neck gaiter or hat when conditions permit, and it provides excellent moisture management.






  • Fabric Performance: Wicking, Quick-Drying, Breathable, Lightweight
  • Design Features: Multiple Configurations, Screen Print OR Logo, Outdoor Research Wordmark Label
  • Functional Details: Flat-Seam Construction


Fabric: Thermodynamic™, 63% nylon, 23% polyester, 14% spandex jersey knit

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 1.8oz / 51g (L/XL)

Customer Reviews

Great for cycling (Review by Rock Chalk)

I misplaced the balaclava I've had for years and after shopping various models made by cycling companies, I settled on the Option Balaclava. I've had great luck with other OR products, so I figured I may as well give their balaclava a try.

It's working great for me. It breathes so much more effectively than my old balaclava. Even though it feels thinner than the old one did, I don't feel like I've lost any insulation. Very pleased with the purchase.

(Posted on 2/24/17)

Awesome (Review by DS)

Awesome lightweight balaclava. Fits perfect under a helmet and is surprisingly warm for how light it is. Fit is great, no riding up on back of neck.

(Posted on 7/11/16)

Option Balaclava out performing it's self (Review by kiwi)

I've had this Balaclava for some time now and had had it through it's paces, as far as use goes. From, in and out of the Cat while guiding in British Columbia's interior, to pre-dawn sled rides in -25 without the wind. It's compressible, versatile (doubled up into a beanie, or down for full protection) and warm and wind resistant. The brushed outer blocks a surprising amount of wind, keeping me warm in -25 (-30 or lower with wind chill) This is the ideal back up layer for any trip, any season, anywhere. And at 51g thinking or a reason not to bring it is next to impossible.

(Ice climbing, glacier and ski guide, avalanche professional.)

(Posted on 8/18/15)

Option balaclava exceeded expectations (Review by Part businesswoman, part backpacker)

I find I'm carrying this everywhere with me -- it gets me through those first 10 minutes of a chilly early morning run and has been fine to sleep in during winter camping trips. I think it has some sort of thin wind-resistant layer inside it that makes it much warmer than other balaclavas with such a light weight. For the minimalist or ultralight type that deals with cold weather, this is a great gift.

(Posted on 11/24/13)

Option Balaclava™ (Review by By Jack Dawkins)

I use this product on all of my outings. I even take it with me during summer backpacking (you never know when you will need some extra warmth). If you are looking to go light and take as few items as possible, the Option Balaclava is perfect. It provides plenty of warmth and can be used in a variety of ways. It is also thin enough to fit under a helmet (biking or climbing).

(Posted on 6/19/11)

Option Balaclava™ (Review by By Jason the Climber)

I find the option balaclava to be as warm as I need a hat. It's great that it's so light that it fits in your pocket without really noticing it there. It also wears nicely under a helmet.

(Posted on 12/6/10)

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