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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I grabbed one of these for cold bike rides into the office. Works like a charm. It doesn't stretch out too much and even when it does a quick wash puts it right. I've used it biking, hiking, and skiing in the BC interior. I have no complaints except that I lost it and I have to wait a few weeks for the new one to get here.
Woohoo I got my gaiter back!!!
I've had one of these Smartwool neck gaiters forever. I got it for winter trail walking in NH but ended up using it as my everyday scarf too. Last week I lost it somewhere. Luckily Backcountry had it in stock with free 2-day shipping, and saved me a couple dollars by pricematching another store. I ordered it Monday and got it today (Wednesday), so I'm back in business for tomorrow's trail walk! The gaiter is great - brand new of course, tags attached, 100% merino wool, good length (pulls up over your nose when it's super-cold out). My only gripe is the big tag on the inside but I can live with that. Thank you Backcountry for "saving my neck" :-)
Great neck Gaitor
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used this several days in the backcountry this year and its doubled as a "headband" while ascending. I still use a balaclava for my face on very cold days, but this does the job on warmer ones. Good smartwool quality as expected.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
More comfortable than fleece.
I use it as a hat.
Would endorse the product.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The one I got didn't look like the picture shows now, but I assume the essence is the same.
I used this on a day when it was about 30-32 and a heavy snow was falling, which means that there was a lot of moisture on the outside and also I was breathing rather heavy because I was working harder. Anyway, I found this thing suffocating me more often than not. Once it got wet, it stopped being breathable. So, I'll only be using this one on dry and cold days, if it's wet and cold I bought a couple others to try out.
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.
soft and warm
the wool is very soft I just wish it was 2 or 3 inches longer.
soft and warm
the wool is very soft I just wish it was 2 or 3 inches longer.
Usually wear a fleece neckwarmer skiing..love smartwool so got the neck gaitor. Was pleased. Just as warm as the fleece, and I believe more breathable...and was not itchy. Fleece or smartwool neck warmer I would say are equal in comfort and warmth.
SmartWool Neck Gaiter
Great product. Just as described. Comfortable and lite.
THANK YOU! This gaiter saved my life (or at least my face) on my first snowboarding trip of the season. Less annoying than the full balaclava or the gaiters or buffs that have to be facing a particular way-- you just pop this puppy over your head and leave it around your neck when you dont want it, and pull it up for easy, warm, and SOFT coverage when you need to. You can also pull it up as a hat(ish) deal if you need to. It dries super fast, is light, and fits easily in your pocket. Best bang for your buck gaiter out there.
Do you want something enough to warm and convinient wearing and cheap.....etc.
There is one choice... smartwool neck gaiter.
It's true there's a tag inside of the gator but I don't notice it at all when it's on. This is a warm, smell-free, awesome piece of clothing for the winter. Love it!
From a cyclist's perspective: Versatile enough to serve as neck-warmer, neck-and-ear-warmer, or near-equivalent-to-a-balaclava. The wool fabric has enough tension to stay in place no matter where you stretch it around your head. But it's soft and itch-free. And no matter how much you stretch it, one wash (yes, it's machine-washable) gets it back to its original shape. Cycling jackets and long-sleeve jerseys don't do your neck justice. The Smartwool Neck Gaiter is the cure.
Pretty good. Keeps your face warm when it's cold and dries quick if you are breathing heavy through it. Nice and light and easy to throw in a pocket just in case you need it. I have also stopped carrying an extra beanie when I take off my helmet because this works great for that too.
Nice gaiter, not the best
I got three different Merino Wool Gaiters this past winter, this one is probably my least favorite, but it is still a good item. Another review gave this gaiter one star due to the tags being on the inside, I didn't even notice these until I read the review, I went and double checked to make sure my gaiter had tags and it does. So I tried it on again, still couldn't feel them, maybe it's a matter of preference, or sensitivity. The wool is soft but doesn't seem as durable as other brands (Arc'teryx rho ltw) it is pilling more than the other two already. It is versatile, can be worn as an open top beanie (depending on head size, you can close the top) or as a headband. Good gaiter, good price.
Good wool, poor execution
Smartwool makes decent stuff, no doubt. However, I'll have to really rant on this one. First the pros: I agree with others, wool is the way to go when it comes to anything you'd put close to your mouth. The anti-stink property is not something synthetics can beat. Icebreaker and Ibex also make neck gaiters, and their fabric is just as good if not better. Now the cons: the execution is extremely poor on this piece. Who in the right mind of an apparel designer would put a huge label on a neck gaitor?!?! Consider putting a label that's either printed on, or that's small, inconspicuous, flat, etc. But Smartwool has managed to put something quite big, double layered at that, on the inside, double stitched to the seam. You have the choice of either put it against your neck which is quite uncomfortable, or wear it inside out which makes you look...not very smart, or take a knife to cut it out. I went with the last option, and of course in doing so, while trying to get a clean cut on the label, undid the seam that holds the gaitor together. So now I have a gapping hole on the inside of the gaitor. Also, has Smartwool ever heard of flat seams?! They've managed to have the thickest seams they can put on a extremely simple piece of accessory. Unbelievable, and not recommended.
soft and warm
Very comfortable neckwarmer. Soft, warm and breathable.
Just one small negative thing about it.After a while it slides down your neck a litle lower that i would like it to be.
I use this as a hat substitute,to avoid matting my hair unless necessary.
When worn around my neck it hangs loose (neck Dia. 15.5") - But as a lightweight wool multitasker, I have not found anything to challenge it.
The wool texture is soft.
Perfect head/hat fit.
only beef i have with it is that it doesn't have a drawstring...could use one to keep it sliding down your face all the time. not itchy and great quality tho.