I believe neck gaiters are one of the most versatile accessories.
So what is a “neck gaiter”? A neck gaiter is normally thought of as a cold-weather alternative to a scarf. How ever as you will see below we have outlined many benefits to our neck gaiters and why you should be wearing a neck gaiter.
WHAT IS A NECK GAITER / FACE SHIELD ANYWAYS?
Generally speaking, a neck gaiter is an article of clothing worn about the neck for warmth.
It is a closed tube of fabric, often thick fleece, merino wool, synthetic wicking, or knit material. It can be slipped on and off over the head. And it can also be pulled up over the mouth to keep out wind and sand.”
It’s simply a swath of cloth worn around your neck to protect it from wind, sun, debris.
But it can also be easily lifted over your mouth and/or nose. This helps to protect your face from dirt, debris, bugs, dust, or the sun. Anyways, the neck gaiter has come a long way over the years. As textiles have become more synthetic, and more breathable, neck gaiters have become more comfortable.
And with the advancement in printing technologies, you can order your neck gaiter with your band, business, or group logo on it.
THE MANY REASONS (and uses) OF A NECK GAITER
The sheer number of neck gaiter uses is incredible. There are so many reasons why you should own one.
Let’s start with a couple of easy reasons why…
One of the most popular (and best) uses for a neck gaiter is to keep harmful rays off your neck. This can work wonders in many outdoor sports and recreation situations.
Let’s cover a few of the most popular ones:
Fishing Neck Gaiter
If you enjoy fishing for long hours, you know just how nasty the sun can be while out on the water.
Normally the sun’s UV rays beat down on you from above. But water reflects UV rays sending burning beams up at you from below.
Dangerous UV rays hitting us from below is not something you think about often. So, we tend to forget to apply sunscreen to our necks. So without some sort of protection – you can get a nasty sunburn on your unprotected neck.
Well, with a neck gaiter (especially one with UV protection) you keep harmful rays off your tender neck
Skiing / Snowboarding
The suns rays bounce off the water surface, and they bounce off the snow…
So it’s the same idea for snowboarding and skiing as it is for fishing. However, with winter sports you’re also interested in keeping your neck and face warm from the bone-chilling winds while on the slopes.
Face Protection / Face Shield
Your face and neck are exposed when riding. Be it a motorcycle, bicycle, boating, ATV or any other activity where you’re moving quickly without a windshield for protection.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of adding a windshield to a motorcycle. I mean, the point of riding is for it NOT to feel like you’re riding inside a car…
Now for long road trips, a motorcycle windshield can make sense but not for afternoon cruises.
I also hate the feeling of gnats pelting my nose, mouth, and face at 45 MPH. It’s both gross and hurts. But with a good neck gaiter pulled up – these nasty projectiles are no longer a big deal.
And there are more than just bug missiles causing problems. There’s also dust, leaves, gravel and sometimes rubber pellets from tires flying towards your face.
So if you’re like me and not a fan of adding a windshield to your bike, wear a neck gaiter instead.
Project Dust – Debris
With any outdoor project, you run the risk of breathing in dirt, dust, and debris. For small projects, it’s usually not a big deal but for larger ones, it can become a serious health issue.
For example, you might be a fan of woodworking And if you’re running a saw all day long, you might want to avoid inhaling a bucket’s worth of sawdust.
Or if you’re a construction worker or farmer who runs a tractor for a living – you already know there are days when you eat dust (literally).
If this sounds like you, then it’s time you invested in a face shield to avoid this occupational hazard.
After I wore my neck gaiter out on a frigid cold walk with my dog, I was never the same. All these years, I’d never fully realized how much warmer it is when your neck was wrapped in a layer of warmth.
So now if it’s below freezing outside, I always wear my neck gaiter. I don’t always pull it up over my mouth and nose, but I do when it’s really cold or extremely windy.
And if you love winter sports, a neck gaiter is a must. Whether you snowboard ski or do any activity outdoors a neck gaiter with a cool logo or design is worth every penny.
Comfort and Multi-Use
Now this “benefit” or reason is highly dependent on your personality. But for me, I’ve learned to enjoy having something soft and warm around my neck.
It’s both comfortable and comforting knowing I have a tool that can provide protection from the sun and the cold.
I can also use it for all sorts of other purposes in a pinch. I can turn it into a headband to keep sweat from dripping into my eyes. This is great if I’m doing some hard work outside in the heat of the day.
THE KEY FEATURES TO LOOK FOR IN A QUALITY NECK GAITER
Not all neck gaiters are created equal. And with new textile and printing processes, neck gaiters just keep getting better…
So let’s go over a few of the features to look for when buying a new neck gaiter.
First off, this is important if you plan to use your neck gaiter in hot weather OR cold weather. If this sounds like you, then you’ll want to go for a newer material that’s both breathable and not scratchy.
One reason why I don’t wear a wool scarf is that it itches my neck. Wool is warm, and it can be somewhat breathable but it’s not comfortable.
Instead, look for a neck gaiter that features breathable, lightweight, and moisture-wicking technologies. These types of neck gaiters will stay cooler in the blazing hot summer heat.
And they will also avoid the dreaded moisture trapping that happens when you raise the gaiter over your mouth and nose in the winter.
Because a neck gaiter that traps moisture from your mouth or nose will quickly become a wet neck gaiter. And a wet neck gaiter in the winter will quickly become a frozen neck gaiter. A frozen neck gaiter is a cold neck gaiter. And this defeats the entire purpose of wearing it in the cold in the first place.
If you’re going to invest in a neck gaiter make sure it’s one with built-in UV protection. Sure any cloth material is better than nothing when it comes to sun protection.
However, I’ve worn a super-thin shirt when outside all day. I was assuming I was protected, only to discover the sun’s UV rays blasted straight through it.
So make sure the material you choose for you neck gaiter is made to block UV rays. This keeps your neck from looking like an angry lobster at dinner…
Stretchiness / Fit / Size
Everyone has a different sized neck. So the best neck gaiters take this into account by using flexible stretch materials.
That way, whether you have a thick neck or a slim neck the gaiter will fit. Especially when pulled up around your mouth and nose.
Color / Design
This “feature” is highly personal. Do you want something that looks menacing like a skeleton? OR are you more likely to wear something with a pretty flower pattern on it?
Or maybe you like to keep things simple with a flat black design.
The design options of a neck gaiter CAN (and often DOES) make or break a sale.
So just be aware if you don’t love the design options available. You can always keep shopping around until you do. Just don’t skimp on all the other “more practical” features for the design alone.
As always the price can be a compelling feature. If you can get your hands on a decent quality FREE neck gaiter or face shield mask – then you have nothing to lose. So you might as well give it a try, right?
But if you have to fork over $100 for a neck gaiter, well, then it best be the most amazing neck gaiter I’ve ever seen. And it should be able to cook dinner and wash the dishes too!
The point is, price always comes into play with any purchase Is that your price must be just right to get you click that add to cart button.
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