The Balaclava is a full head cloth mask that covers the entire head down to the base of the neck, with opening in the front for the wearer’s eyes. It protects the person wearing it from the cold, as well helps to conceal his identity.
The green balaclava variant is one of the best for camouflage as it hides your face and blends in with the environment. However, balaclavas can also get wet and become damp, causing your character to become colder.
A good spot to find balaclavas are the restaurants or the sewing/sweatshop factory and general military. The rarest form of the balaclava, the Blackskull, is found at Helicopter Crash Sites and at rusty trucks.
- Balaclavas are named after the town that created them, specifically Balaklava in Ukraine. They were originally made in large numbers during the Crimean War (1854) to protect British soldiers from the nation’s bitter cold weather. The garb quickly grew popular among the British soldiers and eventually gained worldwide appeal, especially in colder nations like Russia. Many military forces who specialized in winter combat made use of them and continue to do so to this day. Besides protecting people from the cold, they were also adopted as a means to hide identities in various special forces and mercenary groups.
- The Balaclavas were added to the game proper in 0.49 update.