The classic balaclava, also known as a balaclava helmet or a ski mask, is a popular type of cloth headgear that covers the whole head, exposing only part of the face. Even though very often only the eyes or eyes and mouth are left uncovered, traditional woollen balaclava can be rolled up into a hat to wrap just the crown of the head or folded down as a collar around the neck. Widely used as a part of military combat uniform in many armies worldwide, but also in various outdoor activities, especially winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding, typical balaclava efficiently helps to protect the face from the cold wind and other elements and to maintain warmth. It may also be used to conceal the identity of its wearer. Available at the UK based Military 1st online store is a broad selection of traditionally knitted balaclavas, along with more modern versions made from cotton or spandex, from a number of manufacturers including Helikon and in different styles, colours and camouflage patterns. Thanks to that customers can always choose the right balaclava from our assortment to suit their needs and environment.