The temperature continues to move closer to freezing, which gave me the opportunity to try out my new Gortex face cover. This was supposed to solve all the problems I had last winter with my balaclava, namely that it was almost impossible to breathe through that garment. The face cover had little holes near the mouth and an open space at the bottom of the nose. As I head out on a 39 degree morning for a short test ride, I was hopeful.
The face cover lasted three miles.
Immediately, I knew there would be problems as my breath was funneled up the mask and onto my sunglasses. This caused a serious condensation problem, which I found to be particularly annoying because I enjoy seeing things when I ride my bike.
I also had the sensation that the cover was slowly falling off my face. As you can see from the above Darth Vader pose, the garment only attaches at the back of the neck. There’s nothing holding it snug against the chin. This can only be remedied by tightening the fit at the back – really tightening. And when you do that, it makes it difficult to turn your head (yet another thing I find useful when riding my bike is to turn my head on occasion).
I am happy to report that the holes worked exceedingly well. I just wish everything else also did. Perhaps when it is bitterly cold those annoyances won’t be as troublesome. For now, I’ll keep the face cover in my drawer and manage with a cold nose.