This gaiter is one of several I have from different brands. There honestly isn't a lot to differentiate between them, as they all do the job. The only quibble I have with the Smartwool piece is the material doesn't seem to be quite as high quality as some others. I have had more pilling on this piece than any of my others, by far. All in all. though, it is a nice, versatile piece to have on those cold days.