I work in a freezer, point blank, it sucks. But this balaclava is suspiciously decedent for a socialist piece of gear, so much so that the stasi may very well be on it's way for me as we speak. It is immensely warm and stretches well, which is something hard for me to find since I have a size 63 7/8 head. When I'm not braving the cold, I can simply fold the bottoms up and suddenly my balaclava is a fashionable and doubly cozy nostalgia-green beanie. Though it was made by sewing machine/assembly line, it has a feel of being stitched by your commie grandma, just for you, and when combined with the NVA neck tube, and maybe the bundeswehr quarter zip shirt, you have a great base to keep you warm when you're observing your western neighbor from across the border in the snow.