Product Review: Oxford Chillout Balaclava (£17.99)

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What’s good about the Oxford Chillout?

It’s warm. I could stop there, because that’s all you need to know, and probably all you want to know. But I’ll go on. It appears to have a lot of stitched seams all over the place, which give its almost tailored fit, plus it allows the manufacturer to make the various panels out of different materials so they can do a specific job. The panels on top of the head are made from wicking material to let moisture escape and there’s a perforated area around the nose (for obvious reasons). The more exposed areas are windproof yet still breathable but my favourite bit is the lining, which is so soft that it feels like pure luxury on your face - better than that icy cold wind!

And what’s not?

Nothing, it’s a great product that does the job it’s made to do.

Time tested

Two years


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Simon Relph

By Simon Relph

Senior Designer, also known as 'Power Wolf'