Neck Gaiters are Sold Out. We are working on making more and will hopefully have them by November of 2022. Price will probably be $100. Website will accept backorders.
Some people believe more heat is lost through the neck than the head. Whether that is strictly true or not, protecting the neck is a big win
BACKGROUND: Neck Gaiters are knitted, not woven, and therefore very different from our other products, from the beginning of the product cycle through completion. We start with American, very fine, pure Merino, but the sourcing and processing are separate and different, and the resulting yarns and products have important differences. For example, the Black, Drab, Natural Cream and Duff Gaiters are machine washable. Eventually we hope to source and produce all our Neck Gaiters, as well as other knits, in a way that is more consistent with our woven items. But in the meantime, the Neck Gaiters have won high praise and of course are backed by our standard No-Risk Field Test Policy.
Our Neck Gaiter is a Scarf, a Gaiter, a Balaclava, Voyageur-Style Toque, Watch Cap and Leg- or Arm-Warmer in one. WeatherWool Advisor Michael Anderson, who is extremely serious about his kit, told us the Gaiter is now a standard part of his cold-weather gear, replacing his knit cap and his buff.
The Gaiter is really warm, with the softness and comfort of fine Merino. The knitting enables the Gaiter to stretch to whatever size is needed, without squeezing, but at the same time the Gaiter still springs back to its original size and shape when taken off. It is significant that the "spring" of the Gaiter causes it to protect the entire neck and not collapse and just sort of pile-up at the bottom of the neck.
The Gaiter is a tube that measures 42 inches by 9.5 inches (107 cm by 24 cm) when laid out flat . Of course, it would be twice as wide if it were not a tube. So there is quite a bit of wool
Made of fine (lace weight) 19-micron pure-American Merino worsted wool Knit for maximum dead air space and great stretch and spring, without any synthetic elastic.
Opened ends for 6 inches at top and bottom of tube for more chest coverage when doubled as a Gaiter or balaclava
Machine washable and dryable. Please note that our other products, except for the Watch Cap, are all woven and not knitted and cannot be treated this way without risk of shrinkage
Can actually be used as an arm and even leg covering. This surprised us, but a guy in the Military was here at the house and he showed us how he sleeps with one Gaiter over each leg. He also uses the Neck Gaiter as a leg-warmer after vigorous hiking. It's such a kick to us to see how people put WeatherWool to uses we never thought of! He calls this piece a Multi-Scarf
Some more off-label uses, from another long-term Military Vet and outdoorsman: pillow; seat cushion (better than a cold rock!); foot warmers; handwarmers; bath towel (I don't understand that one, because the Gaiter won't absorb water the way a towel should)
Here are another couple of uses from a USMC Vet (THANKS, TJ!): "Good morning y'all and happy Saturday!! I am out camping and found another use for the neck gaiter! Works great to wrap a dehydrated meal bag in as you let it rehydrate for 20 mins ! And wow is it still piping hot after 40 mins wrap up." TJ also told us the Gaiters help keep drinks cold
Tim L from North Carolina pointed out that one layer of the Gaiter makes serviceable sunglasses! Also, the amount of light filtered out by the wool can be adjusted by stretching the Gaiter more, or less. THANKS TIM!!
The Gaiter will be accepted as a face mask if you need to wear one. (We are NOT suggesting the Gaiter will actually contain any sort of bacteria or virus.)
The Neck Gaiters in Black, Drab, Cream (natural) and Duff weigh 6.6 ounces (190 grams)
The Gaiter is very packable.
If you would like to make the gaiter smaller, just wash, gentle cycle and cool water, and then put in the dryer on gentle heat.
If eventually the Gaiter's knit relaxes more than you want, you can tighten it up by machine washing gently. If that doesn't bring it in enough, you can put in clothes dryer on gentle setting.
Making this gaiter was quite an unanticipated adventure and exercise for us. We were unable to buy the pure-American, pure-Merino cuffs and ribs we needed to make our Hoodie. So, we had to make them ourselves. And that meant acquiring far more fiber and then making far more yarn than we actually needed. So Debby came up with the idea for the Gaiter and it has been very well received.
Please click here for more pictures and details about our knitted items and components ... Gaiters and Watch Caps, plus the Cuffs and Ribs of our Hoodies.
Our Neck Gaiters were knitted by Tailored Industry of Brooklyn, New York. Their Whole Garment® Shima Seiki knitting machines create a seamless 3D knit with a very clean finish. These leading-edge knitting machines virtually eliminate waste through their pull based system, creating less than 1% excess material during the production of each Gaiter.