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It’s Balaclava Season!

Photo: Oliver Mint

In the winter I need something that is stylish and will keep my head warm. I’ve found just the thing from Matek, an indie outdoors brand, its pieces inspired by retro ski imagery primarily from the ’60s through the ’80s.

One of their signatures is the Motmot — a classic balaclava with the head protection of a beanie, the neck warmth of a snood scarf, and a cap-like brim. It’s can be worn around the neck and pulled down below the chin, or all the way up to fit right under goggles or glasses. (And can also double as a face covering if you forget your mask.)

Most importantly, it looks really good. Wear with a sumptuous wool coat, or a puffer, and some granny goggles.

The Motmot is available for $110 in new colors for the season like neutral latte, a rich ruby red, and a frosty powder blue, as well as their perennial white, black, yellow, and green. Shop it here.

It’s Balaclava Season!