Goosefeet Gear Down Balaclava – Massdrop Exclusivesearch

Goosefeet Gear Down Balaclava – Massdrop Exclusive

Goosefeet Gear Down Balaclava – Massdrop Exclusive

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Love it! So warm! I’m hoping my son can get it over his big head- I couldn’t get this on over my glasses.
How can these been cleaned/washed?
Debho
I'd recommend washing by hand using a down specific cleaner. I use NikWax down cleaner. If there's no sports store near you that carries it, you can order it online. DO NOT use detergent EVER. It strips the natural protection off the down and makes it less effective. To dry, use your dryer at a low heat setting and break up the clumping every so often. With big things like sleeping bags and jackets you can put a couple of tennis balls in, but with something this small just a few times during the drying cycle to fluff it up and you'll be great
I purchased the overfill and highly recommend it. It works great as a hood for my down jacket and coupled with my down quilt it has made the world of difference to sleeping in cold or windy conditions over just using a beanie.
Does this have a way to keep it in place? In the picture of the person in the hammock, the person is a little lost in their hood. He may be very comfortable, but is there a way to control how it fits—maybe tightening a strap or something?
ATPaddler
You have the option of running a cord through the front and back loops, then underneath your armpits to secure it.
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GooseFeet
OK. Thanks.
Okay, Massdrop - Why do you show a regular price of $80, when the manufacturer shows it as $65? https://goosefeetgear.com/products/down-balaclava/ A discount of $5 plus a shipping charge of $9.25 for an article that weighs 1.3 oz (you show 1.0 oz on your specs) is no incentive for me to consider a purchase, and to inflate the regular price like this is just bad business practice....
CanadaGoose
EDIT: Please disregard my post as I am in error. This particular hood is not the one shown on the GG website, and appears to be specially made and offered to the MD community. It uses a 9d nylon as opposed to the regular 20d, and 950 fill instead of the normal 850 fill. I should have seen the "exclusive" tag in the headline, and read the specs more carefully...
Massdrop, it sure would be nice if you showed a little more responsiveness to errors, such as the ones I called out on this product a year ago. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/goosefeet-gear-down-balaclava/talk/1861855
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Yup...
I should say, the error - Weight, double fill: 1.5 oz (43 oz) 43 oz should be 43 g
9000 ft elevation on Pinion Mesa this week in the high 30s for the lows My son loved the balaclava I used it at flaming Gorge and had excellent results in March
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Just received mine a couple days ago. Very happy with the balaclava. Very disappointed it didn't come with a bag. I assumed, wrongly, that it would. It's something you should expect for a product of this quality. Sadface.
Just got mine today. Dayum! Love it! The neck is fully covered. One of the best parts is my wife didn't automatically adopt this one like she did my BRG down beanie. (I didn't show her my balaclava, so that may have something to do with it.)
Best head gear I have ever hunted with. 30 ft. in a tree stand with 25mi./hr. winds and 21 degrees and my head stayed very warm. A deer did tell me I looked quite stupid in it. Best product!
sspinergy
Only because you weren't wearing a camo goosefeet.... :-P
Wish this had a choice to have a APEX fill. Not everyone can enjoy down and it would be cool to think of those people because they enjoy backpacking also.
HSVJerry
Enlightened Equipment makes an Apex baclava called the Hoodlum.
for those that have worn both, how does this compare to the EE Hoodlum?
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You can't compare the fill weights between down and synthetic in any meaningful regards other than pack weight.
Check out https://support.enlightenedequipment.com/hc/en-us/articles/218158988-Compare For the same temp rating the Apex revelation is 10oz heavier than the 950 fp down.
Punkdigerati
Good point on comparing down to synthetic!
However, not it is not 10oz, you are comparing synethic quilt/bag with down. For the diff in this head wear with down at 1.3oz, and the EE synthetic at 1.4oz or 1.9oz (depending on how much you put in), it is .1oz to .6oz different, quite a bit less than 1 oz.
I guess it is a wash, go with either, surely won't go wrong. I would not give up my down quilt, but I do use a synthetic puffy coat over down, so when I sweat in it or get light rain, it still keeps me dry, I'd not do that in a down puffy coat.
Each has it's use and that also depends on how you use it, so plan it out, pick one and be happy adn warm!
I just received this drop. I've got a reasonably big head (hat size 7 7/8) and the neck section is so narrow that I can't even get that past the crown of my skull. Is this an aberration or design? Anyone else have trouble with this?
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chengdigger
This is definitely a mistake in manufacturing. I wear a size 7 3/4, and it fits me well. Send me an email and we can get this resolved! Ben@goosefeetgear.com
GooseFeet
^^^This is what makes a great company people. GooseFeet makes great gear so this only adds to the cool points.
Couldn't convince anyone to model it? ;)
This looks like it would be quite nice for hammock camping or using with a top quilt. I already have a Blackrock down beanie and an extra hood off my Feathered Friends Volante jacket that I use for similar purposes.
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Thank you very much for such a thorough response -- good information!
OldTrailDog
I picked up a blackrock down beanie on the last drop. Once the package was opened, SWMBO decided she loved it. I’m hoping I can keep this one.
Massdrop, two writeup glitches I would like to point out: First, a typo on the double fill weight: "1.5 oz (43 oz)" second one should be in grams.
Second, the description implies that the standard Goosefeet balacava is made from 10d fabrics. Although they are offered as an option at a slightly higher price, the base price $65 balacavas on their site list 20d - and their USA shipping is free.
@GooseFeet can you tell us what the biggest driver of the "MSRP" on this Massdrop Exclusive to $80 when your base 20d balacavas on your website show starting at $65? Is the fabric that much more? 950 fill vs. 850 fill? Something other? Frankly those small differences with their tiny fractional weight difference seem more about "fashionable" than function.
As an aside, I have owned a pair of your down socks and over booties for 3 or so years and love them!
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Thanks, that's what I expected.
@GooseFeet I should add that I do own a down balacava also. Without actually digging it out to look at tags, I don't recall whether I purchased it from Goosefeet Gear or the ZPacks version also made by Goosefeet Gear. I'm considering another as a gift for someone. Really leaning more toward ordering direct from you rather than this MD version.
Ben, how far down the neck will this come at the back? Is it going to make an efficient seal with a top layer that isn't hooded?
RichardA
Depending on how long your neck is, the sides should come down to your shoulders, and the front and back extend down your back and chest a little bit. If you want a really tight seal, you can use some cord through the front and back loops and underneath your armpits.
Baffled or sewn-thru ?
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Yes. Baffled please. And large enough to fit over a baselayer head gear. With dridown.
Grateful
Send me an email: ben@goosefeetgear.com
how will the 8d fabric hold up?
Auxier
I haven't tested it too much so far, but from what I have seen while making prototypes with it, the 8d is every bit as strong as the 10d we have used for years!
makes sense now will the upgraded fill and lighter material