This post isn’t going to make much sense to those of you who don’t bike during the winter months….. those of you who ride with a balaclava know that if it’s not too cold, you can pull the lower hem of the opening down below your chin, but if it’s colder, you cover your mouth, and this can steam up your glasses. A few months ago, I was
randomly surfing the web doing some research, and I came across this arresting image:
(image source Etsy.)
and of course my first thought was that the tentacles would do an admirable job of protecting your face while perhaps allowing enough breath through to avoid the fogging issue. Not withstanding the fact that I was a fan of the “Call of Cthulu RPG” back in the day, a brief search turned up numerous inexpensive knockoffs of the original design and after a while an example in bilious green was in my possession. Given that our local weather forecast indicated that this morning was the last one cold enough for a while, it was time to put this thing to a test.
On the ride in I got more than a few amused looks from drivers and pedestrians. More importantly, there was only fogging when I was stopped, and it cleared up instantly while riding. On the downside, the mask didn’t do a great job of protecting my neck. Clearly, the knockoff was inferior to the Etsy original in this regard. Bottom line: I can only give this a tentative recommendation, unless of course you are into this specific look.
My daughters instantly added the mask to the list of things that I must not wear around the house. More importantly, I had to take the mask off before the call of the Old Ones got a little too strong. Now where are my D20’s so that I can do a sanity check…..