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With us you will find a whole bunch of different Balaclavas. The balaclava is a garment that comes in a variety of designs depending on the purpose of the use to cover the face. Here you can find warm balaclavas that keep you warm even in the toughest cold or balaclavas that breathe and protect you from the strong rays of the sun.

What is a balaclava?

The balaclava is actually a collective name for headgear that also serves as protection for the face. Balaclavas can therefore look very different and have very different functions. The purpose of protecting the face can also vary between different balaclavas.

The balaclava's protection for the face was originally to protect the face from the cold. Then they are usually knitted in wool or acrylic fibre. Another common use for the protection is as a face mask in situations where one must remain anonymous for some reason. For this purpose, the balaclava is used as standard equipment by, among others, the national task force and the pickets. These balaclavas, whose purpose is to cover rather than warm, are usually made of fleece or neoprene.

Another type of area of use where balaclavas are used is as protection against fire and accidents. Then you have a flame-resistant balaclava.

The two most common versions of the balaclava design are the 3-hole balaclava, where the cap is full-covering apart from two holes for the eyes and one for the mouth. The other is a one-hole balaclava where the balaclava has an elongated hole in the front over the eyes. This can then be pulled up over the nose so that only the eyes are visible, and then pulled down under the chin to open the hole over the entire face.

However, the balaclava is not just a garment that can be used in many different ways. Different areas of use have also given the garment many different names. Some examples of other names are ski mask, gunman's cap, robber's cap and helmet liner.

Why is it called a robber's hat?

As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, the balaclava is sometimes used to cover the face. For example, police use the balaclava in situations where it is important that the police remain anonymous. For example, in larger efforts against serious crime. By allowing the police to remain anonymous, the police's vulnerability is reduced.

But the same garment can be used by criminals for the same reason, and above all the three-hole balaclava has therefore come to be known as a robber's hat. Although the balaclava has been used in various types of crime where the perpetrator wants to hide his face, it is mainly bank robbery that has become a typical crime for the balaclava. The balaclava is easy to have rolled up on the head like a hat, and then quickly rolled down when you want to hide your face.

But it's sad that such abuse of the garment should blacken an entire product group. Therefore, we choose instead to call the balaclava exactly what it is. A balaclava.

The history of the balaclava

Balaklava is an area on the Crimean Peninsula on the northern coast of the Black Sea. In 1853, a war broke out in the Crimea which we know today as the Crimean War and which would last for three years. On one side of the war stood the French Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British Empire, Sardinia and on the other side stood the Empire of Russia.

One of the key battles of the war was what came to be known as the Battle of Balaklava. A battle which is said to have claimed the lives of around 1300 soldiers and which had no winner as both sides retreated back to their starting positions.

But during the war, the soldiers were not only exposed to battles. During the winters it could also get extremely cold and the soldiers then had to protect themselves against the cold. The British are said to have developed a new revolutionary headgear, where they let the cap go down and cover most of the face. The balaclava was invented and named after the area where soldiers first began using the garment.