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Hyper-Functional Neck Gaiters: Everything You need to Know

Posted by Christian Collard on
Hyper-Functional Neck Gaiters: Everything You need to Know

Neck Gaiters are a hyper-functional accessory that sits comfortably on your neck and can be easily pulled over your face as a face cover. They are a closed tube fabric made to protect your neck and face from the elements.

Neck gaiters have been around years. But it was not until the Pandemic of 2020 that you started seeing people wearing fashionable neck gaiters to the grocery store or to grab a coffee at Dunkin Donuts. 

Unfortunately, all of a sudden masks are required just about anywhere you go. Some people wear ER masks, some wear home-made cloth masks, and others are sporting Hyper-functional Neck Gaiters. Wear what you prefer (or don't), but we think the gaiter is the most versatile covering for almost every occasion. 

Neck gaiters (or neck warmer or Buff's) have actually been around since the 1980s. Neck gaiters were originally made of fleece and made to keep your neck warm. The functionality of the gaiter caught popularity for skiing and other outdoor sports to protect your face and neck from the elements (snow, wind, sand, debris). Athletes and outdoorsmen (and women) have adapted to using gaiters for many years. Now, in 2020 you may even see your grandmother wearing one.

Neck gaiters have come along way since warm fleece. Now next gaiters are available in a number of different fabrics including polyester, acrylic, wool, and cotton. We just released a Neck Gaiter made form CoolMax cotton that we think is the BEST fabric for all-weather - it's super-lightweight and breathable, ridiculously comfortable, and will continue to keep you warm in cold weather by holding your body heat. 

Unlike a traditional face mask, neck gaiters can be worn in many different ways (that's why we call them "hyper-functional"). Neck gaiters of course can be worn around your neck and easily pulled up over your mouth and nose to protect you from the elements (and pandemic disease). Since neck gaiters are made from a light stretchy material they can be used for so much more...

The many uses of a hyper-functional neck gaiter:

  • Scarf
  • Hood 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Balaclava
  • Facemask
  • Sun guard
  • Headband
  • Hairband
  • Hair tie
  • Bandana
  • Wrist band
  • Hat/Helmut liner
  • Beanie
  • Do-rag

I'm sure you can even find other uses amongst many different types of occasions and events. The neck gaiter really is a versatile accessory that everyone should own. Throw it in your vehicle or your pack - you never know when you may need it. 

Other than grabbing a coffee, what are Neck Gaiters made for?

Hikers, Skiers, and the Outdoorsy tend to all own and regularly wear Neck Gaiters to protect their faces from the harsh outdoor elements. Since they sit loosely around your neck they can be easily pulled up over your neck, face, and head to protect you from wind, sand, snow, and even the sun. 

Neck Gaiters were born well before people were required to wear masks in public. They may not be as effective as medical-grade masks from preventing the spread of viruses, but they have become an accepted form of face cover. Due to their comfort and hyper-functionality, Neck Gaiters are only becoming more popular and we think they will be around well after this pandemic. 

Check out our Wildly Good CoolMax Hyper-Functional Neck Gaiters

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