Review: Airhole Airtube
19 Aug, 2012
Intended Purpose: The Airhole Airtube offers the signature airhole design with the mouth opening for easy inhalig/exhaling while offering a traditional necktube design for coverage on the mountain. The airtube is a great necktube for spring conditions with the lighter air-stretch material.
Appearance: I received the Party Panda airtube design with the partying Airhole panda in action all over the white necktube. It’s a fun pattern that is simple in the concept.
Best Used for: The Airtube is perfect for spring and summer snowboarding when temps are warmer and you might want some coverage from the sun all day long. The material is really breathable and the airhole keeps you in check for riding down without getting too hot.
Fit: The Airtube has the typical necktube fit, a bit tighter as you pull over your face but hangs comfortably around the neck area. The Airtube has a longer length so you really have a lot of play with it; it can be used as a necktube, neck warmer, bandana, facemask. Generally on the mountain, it’d either have it fully over my face or lower than my mouth with only my nose/upper cheeks getting sun.
Durability: When it comes to summer shredding at Hood, stuff gets dirty on the mountain and off the mountain. Generally white is not a color you want to have but with this mask, it held up without getting too dirty and kept a good breathable good smelling necktube throughout the summer shredding days. The material did good wicking any sweat on the mountain and if I got too hot, I’d just pull the mask down to breathe easier. The material is one size fits all, so you don’t have to worry about the airtube stretching or losing it’s face-shaping form.
Thoughts: I’m a fan of necktubes. I like that I can wear it to cover my face and then pull it down when I need some room. There’s no hassling with a tie or velcro, it does a good job of keeping the same shape and hugging your face throughout a day of riding. For the summer riding at Hood, it was warm on the mountain with lots of sun and the airtube did a great job for breathability and wicking. It was dry getting off the hill and even though it sat in my truck through the night, I didn’t have to worry about the material stinking or being wet in the mountain (unlike my socks).
Overall I was really happy with it. It was suitable to the spring/summer riding and did a good job of keeping my face dry and protected from the sun and wind. Definitely not meant for cold winter days but a good basic cover-up.
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Airhole Airtube Description
Review Disclosure: This product was given to me by Endeavor/Airhole when I visited the headquarters.