Sonic Balaclava

Style# 243542OR

DEFLECT COLD AIR, STAY WARM The vapor permeable GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Fleece offers maximum cold-weather protection, Polartec® Wind Pro® ear panels allow for better hearing, and a mesh breathing port means the only reason you’ll be short of breath is the view.






  • Fabric Performance: Windproof, Wicking, Breathable, Hybrid Mapped Construction, Laminated Construction
  • Design Features: Mesh Breathing Port, Embroidered OR Logo
  • Functional Details: Flat-Seam Construction


Fabric: GORE® WINDSTOPPER® 3L 100% polyester microfleece crown, Polartec® Wind Pro® 90% polyester, 10% spandex hard finish face with soft fleece backer earports

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 2.4oz / 69g (L)

Customer Reviews

Arctic Gear (Review by ocnadv)

I am a Polar Expedition Guide. I had purchased a cheap Balaclava online for my Arctic expedition last year. it loose, bulky, was not wind resistant and did little to keep me warm. This year I went for the OR Sonic Balaclava and it was money well spent. I just wish I had it last year, too! It was not loose or bulky and kept me warm and toasty! For the ultimate in head warmth and protection on extra cold days I wore it with the OR Frostline Hat. With the face flap on the hat across my face, in addition to the balaclava I was happy, warm and dry in spite of the Arctic blasts!

(Posted on 7/26/16)

Great piece of kit (Review by Nomad)

Great functional design, easy to flip back and wear as a neck warmer or just pull down under the chin when it gets a bit warm. This first turned me on to OR.

(Posted on 2/14/16)

Need Another Color Option (Review by Sonically Amazing)

This is my regular go-to balaclava. It's warm, comfortable, and completely prevents the wind from hitting your face. Flat seams prevent chaffing and the mesh at the mouth is perfectly suited for heavy or light breathing. I only gave 4 stars because as much as I enjoy dressing up like a ninja, I do like to switch it up and not look like a guy every once in a while. Green, blue, purple, orange, ANY color besides just the "standard" black would be AMAZING! Thanks OR for always producing great products!

(Posted on 1/21/16)

Use while hunting and under a motorcycle helmet (Review by Warm and completely windproof)

I bought this to keep my face warm with an open-face motorcycle helmet, and have found excellent use for it while coyote hunting in -0-degree, blizzard conditions. The Polartec fleece is fantastic, and the clever cut and fabric of the hearing panels and breathing port allow me to hear and breathe freely without suffering the cold on my lips & ears.

(Posted on 12/17/15)

My "go to" armour (Review by Old Guide)

When the elements turn really nasty I depend on my Sonic. If it is extremely cold and windy I add a Peruvian hat over-top. For times when I am breathing hard and sunglasses fog up I switch to ski goggles and all is clear. I love the feeling of being driven to my limits travelling into the unexpected storm within my own self-contained warm dry envelope of safety and confidence. The Sonic is essential. It pulls on or off fast and fits right. The breathing port is a small but welcome advance in reducing condensation.

(Posted on 8/18/15)

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