Now shipping the Black, Drab, Duff and Undyed Natural White/Cream Neck Gaiters. The color palette photo at left shows these four colors ... and the open end of the Drab Gaiter.
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 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 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 Special Forces Vet 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)
The Neck Gaiters in Black, Drab, Cream (natural) and Duff weigh 6.6 ounces (187 grams)
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 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 medium heat.
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.
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 are 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.
Info on Natural Colored (Undyed) Black/Brown Gaiters
Natural (Undyed) Black/Brown Gaiters are still some months away. Interest in those Gaiters can be indicated by placing a no-obligation order at a price of 0. If you are outside USA and Canada, the shopping cart software may add a shipping charge to your $0 order ... if so, we won't accept payment, or you can use the Contact Form or telephone to get on the wait list for the Natural Black Color Gaiters.
We are still working on making Undyed, Natural Black/Brown Gaiters. We anticipate the price for these will be $125. Right now the problem is that the Natural Black/Brown sheep have been feeding in a field with a type of weed that causes problems with the cleaning equipment. We are literally "in the weeds" (an old American metaphor) on the Natural Colored Black, which strikes me as kind of funny and not a problem I would have anticipated. We have sent some wool to a cleaning company with a completely new (for this application) technology that is not affected by the type of weeds ... we're really curious to see what happens, but last I heard they were shut down by the virus.
For the Natural Black, we are targeting 19-micron, long-staple fiber with a Comfort Factor approaching 100% ... real Hardcore Luxury! We are very excited about this because Naturally Colored Wool is a whole new thing for us, and we'd love to do lots of things with it. We hope eventually to make these Gaiters from wool grown by one of our main Ranchers, Advisor Andy McMurry. On this page is a photo giving a good sense of the color of the Natural Colored Black/Brown, and those are Andy's hands in the picture. For quite a while, Andy has been developing a line of very high-comfort Merino Sheep that are naturally Dark Brown and Black. More photos and information about Andy's farm and permaculture practices are linked at Andy's Advisor page. Because these yarns will be Naturally Colored, every Gaiter made from them will have a little bit of its own look. Please note that these Natural Colored Black Gaiters will shrink somewhat when machine-washed or dried. As knitted products, we do not expect a serious problem with the shrinkage, but we recommend NO machine wash or dry with these. We'll know more after we do some experimenting on these ourselves ... none have been made yet ... and before any of these Gaiters are shipped to customers.