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2011

Talus ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Talus ColdAvenger Expedition BalaclavaDonning the Talus ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava may cause small children and women to run in fear from you. Others will mumble under their breath that you look like a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Darth Vader.

Shun the “Luke I am your father” and “Quid pro quo, Clarice” comments, because the temperature is below freezing, your belly is full with Ramen noodles and you’re motivated to ski past sundown. You need to stay warm and are determined to get your money’s worth from your $100 lift ticket.

The ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava provides protection for your entire head and neck for extreme hot or cold conditions. It is designed with Polartec Wind Pro. Polartec touts the Wind Pro as four-times more wind resistance than traditional fleece. The removable respirator is non-toxic polyurethane and Talus boasts that it’s medical grade.

The one-size-fits-all hood is snug, comfortable and doesn’t accidentally slide over your eyes impairing your vision. And the Expedition Balaclava stays in place during side-to-side head turns to check oncoming joeys where your black intersects a green trail.

The respirator is what makes the ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava different from other balaclavas. Traditional balaclava can be a challenge to position, so breathing from your nose and mouth is not restrained although still receives the most protection.

Not so with the Expedition Balaclava. The respirator on the Expedition Balaclava is affixes with Velcro to the sides of the balaclava to covers the nose, mouth and cheekbones. Nearly your entire head is covered when you are wearing goggles.

ColdAvenger LogoBreathing is not restrained or laboring even when sucking some air while cutting loose for a minimal turn, speed induced and endorphin popping run. The ventilator keeps the air you are inhaling as warm as the air that’s exhaled. The ventilator doesn’t make it difficult to be heard when talking to your liftmate.

The ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava function performance is impressive. It may not be fashionable, but when has a serious outdoorsman ever wanted to turn heads because of their outfit.

The Talus ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava carries a suggested retail price of $79.95.


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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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