WindStopper where you need it, cozy fleece where you don't.

The Outdoor Research Helmetclava uses panels of different fabric so you get protection in the places where you need it most, and you get flexibility and useful things (like hear-ability) in the places where you don't.

  • WindStopper Soft Shell fabric on the face and front of the neck blocks nasty mountain gusts and sideways-blowing snow
  • Soft fleece at back of the neck boosts warmth
  • Thermodynamic fabric at the crown and ear panels fits under your helmet and won't block sound
  • Laser-cut holes for breathing
  • Head circumferences
  • Small: 55cm
  • Medium: 57cm
  • Large 59cm
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Warm and takes my breath away

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This clava is very warm, fits true, however like previous reviews, I have also experienced trouble getting enough air when I'm carving hard on the slopes.

Hey John, thank you for the feedback - perhaps we need to add more holes at the mouth? I will pass the feedback on to OR.

Thank you!

OR rep

Heavy breathing.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Blocks out the cold and wind better than any balaclava I have used before.

Fits my face very well and is comfortable under my helmet.

Exhaled breath doesn't seem to be directed into my goggles and cause fogging like other balaclavas have.

When the when I am breathing hard I cant suck enough air through the Helmetclava. This causes me to have to pull it off of my face under my chin. Then my beard freezes solid and my face gets cold. The whole reason I'm wearing this is to prevent that from happening.

The lower part made of wind stopper material isn't very stretchy and I have long hair that gets in the way so it makes it hard to put on.

Hey Landon, Thank you for taking the time to write. Great feedback about the breathing holes. I have used it several times, and it's good for me, but it doesnt mean that we couldn't look at opening up those holes a bit, or adding a few more.

Let me pass this on to my designer friends at OR and again, thank you for the feedback!

Happy New Year,
OR Rep

I'm glad my feedback is making it to the manufacturer as well as the other backcountry customers. I think this product is awesome for riding the chair up, ripping down groomers, and will be great under my street bike helmet. I only have airflow issues when I'm really working in technical skiing or on the climb up to the top.

Very good! I like this product very much

    Very good! I like this product very much, the size is right, suits me very well. Pretty cool! I am very satisfied.

    High on warmth, short on breath

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    This thing is incredible at keeping out wind, is super warm, and surprisingly comfortable.

    The only issue, like every else points out, is the air holes! I don't find too much air coming in to be the problem, I find there's not enough wind! When I'm really working my skis, I've often found myself short of breath to the point where I have to pull the helmetclava off my face in order to breathe.

    Ya, ya, I hear ya, I'm just out of shape. I get it! But still, I do find it hard to breathe with this on.

    Maybe my oxygen-intake-orfices don't like up with the holes on the helmetclava? I dunno, but other than not being able to breathe all too well, this thing is stellar!


    Love it!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I initial got this balaclava for my morning commute on my motorcycle. For that task it works greats. With wind-chill it gets into the single digits on my bike and keeps my face stays nice and toasty. Since it worked so well on my bike I have taken it into that backcountry. There is work just as well. Not too hot for me or too cold. I usually like thing a little on the cold side and this balaclava does well not to overheat. The best part is being able to push down the face part or even push down the whole clava without taking it off. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a balaclava. OR makes great products and this is no exception.

    Great for Utah

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    This is a great balaclava for Utah. It isn't extra warm, which is good here because we have relatively warm winters. It keeps the wind away though and fits perfect under my helmet. The mouth piece is great for breathing without having to always try to dig your face into your jacket. Sizing is perfect. It's a great piece for stormy days.

    Not recommended for extreme cold

      I have to say, I almost love this thing. But I live on the Arctic tundra, and can't use it if it's colder than -20F or so. The tiny holes in the Windstopper fabric let in WAY too much cold air, and moisture builds up like crazy. I wore it at -30F and could feel ice forming on my lips. I imagine it's great when it's a little warmer; alas, that's not likely to happen here until the Sun comes back in late January. I'm debating between returning it or modifying it by sewing a layer of thin fleece over the breathing holes. It has good points, too. the thin fabric on the head is actually very warm, and with the hood of my parka keeps my head very warm even at -30F with wind. The piece that covers the top of the head also folds back very easily and comfortably, which is great for me as my head overheats frequently. If your plan is to use it somewhere frostbite in 10 minutes or less isn't a concern... I say go for it. If you plan to use it in an extremely cold environment, plan on modifications to avoid frostbite.

      You need a ColdAdvenger for that type of air temp :) Makes a wolrd of difference.

      Very good, but not perfect

        Very good, but not perfect. I do recommend this product.

        Good: very light, wind proof (not water proof)

        Bad: breathing orifices are the weakness: it it's cold then the cold air gets in through them; I can't cover my nose with it as my goggles will get foggy.


          Great!! light weight and very warm, blocks the wind. Will not ride in the cold without it.

          Why is it called the helmetclava? Is the...

          Why is it called the helmetclava? Is the head piece a more solid piece compared to other balaclavas? Is there anything solid about the construction at all?

          No, it's not solid, it's called that because you're supposed to be able to wear it under a helmet. It's thin enough to work for that.