If you are a Colorado skier like I am, you know that the weather can change from the bottom of the lift to the top, as well as multiple times throughout the day. This balaclava is think and light enough to easily fit under your ski helmet, and the face mask can be pulled up or down depending upon the temperature and wind if needed. It can be worn as a hat, a hat with a face mask, or as a neck warmer, so it is very versatile. this product also comes with a multi-functional tube cloth that can also act as a neck gaiter or face mask – I have not used this yet, so I can’t comment on it’s usefulness compared to the balaclava. But both items are comfortable to wear and I’m looking forward to ski season!