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The 5 Top-Rated Best Neck Warmers and Gaiters Reviewed – [2018 / 2019]

The Warmest Neck Warmers, Gaiters and Neck Tubes for Skiing, Cycling, Running and Motorcycle Riding

In this side-by-side product review Outside Pursuits leads you through everything you need to know in order to pick the best neck warmer, gaiter or neck tube for your specific needs and winter weather conditions.

We’ll take a look at what makes the best neckwarmer and what to avoid. Also see How To Choose The Best Neck Warmer, Gaiter or Neck Tube  later in the article. So, what is the best neck warmer or gaiter?

Quick Answer: The 5 Best Neck Warmers and Gaiters at a Glance:

Whatever your cold-weather activities may be, there is a solution for protecting your neck from the elements. Here are our choices for the 5 best neck gaiters for cold weather.

  1. Smartwool Merino 250 Neck Gaiter
  2. Original Turtle Fur Fleece – The Turtle’s Neck, Heavyweight Neck Warmer
  3. WoolX Unisex Merino Wool Neck Gaiter For Men & Women
  4. Columbia Sportswear Thermarator Neck Gaiter
  5. Under Armour Men’s Storm Elements Gaiter

Best Neck Warmers and Gaiters

 Smartwool Merino 250 Neck GaiterTurtle Fur Heavyweight Fleece Neck WarmerWoolX Unisex Merino Wool Neck Gaiter For Men & Women
editors choice
Material/Fabric100% Merino Wool 100% acrylic, classic fleece: Turtle Fur100% Merino Wool
Sizing One size fits mostOne size fits mostOne size fits most
Special FeaturesDouble layer interlock knit for warmth, moisture wicking, itch resistantDouble layered heavyweight warmth, softest and warmest fleece available.Double layer mid-weight, moisture wicking, retains warmth, itch resistant
Customer Ratings4.8 / 54.4 / 5 4.2 / 5

Also see: Neck Warmers Comparison Table


Neck Warmers and Gaiters Reviews

#1 Smartwool Merino 250 Neck Gaiter

At A Glance:

  • Material/Fabric: 100% Merino Wool
  • Sizing: One size fits most
  • Laundering/Cleaning: washer/dryer, dry cleaning (or) hand wash (see details below)
  • Comfort features: Double layer interlock knit for warmth, moisture wicking, itch resistant
  • Rating: 4.8/5

The Smartwool Merino 250 Neck Gaiter is our Editor’s Choice for the best neck gaiter for cold weather. Merino wool handles moisture better and, is more breathable, than any other fiber. Additionally, it is extremely resilient and strong. A single fiber of wool can be twisted and stretched more than 30,000 times, without becoming damaged. And because of the natural crimps in wool, it has a built-in elasticity, adding to its resilience.

Smartwool Merino 250 Neck Gaiters can be washed on a gentle cycle with warm water and mild detergent. You can tumble dry on low heat, but it is recommended to hang dry whenever possible. May use cool iron if needed. Or, dry cleaning is an excellent option.

Merino wool also causes little to no itching, due to the finer, softer fibers. Manufactured using an interlocking double layer, this gaiter neck warmer provides you with maximum warmth.  Because the merino neck gaiter naturally keeps moisture away from your skin. It further aids in body heat retention.

We truly believe this to be the best neck gaiter for snowboarding, skiing, cold weather cycling neck warmer and more!


#2 Original Turtle Fur Fleece – The Turtle’s Neck, Heavyweight Neck Warmer

At A Glance:

  • Material/Fabric: 100% acrylic, classic fleece: Turtle Fur
  • Sizing: One size fits most
  • Laundering/Cleaning: Machine wash/dry
  • Comfort features: Double layered heavyweight warmth, softest and warmest fleece available.
  • Rating: 4.4/5

Thick, ultra-soft, and comfortable warmth comes to you with the Original Turtle Fur Fleece neck warmer. Unlike most fleece neck gaiters, this is made of 100% acrylic, rather than polyester. This is THE original turtle fur classic fleece, and remains the warmest and best seller in its category.

This plush and stylish neck warmer comes in a wide array of color options. One size will fit most, including: adults, teens, and juniors. It provides superior warmth along with breathability and moisture wicking properties. Those of you who have wool allergies will surely appreciate this product.

Enjoy the ease of machine washing and drying. This fleece neck warmer is stated to be colorfast, however, avoid washing in hot water, as that can cause some bleeding to occur, based on our research. Dry on low or medium heat, for best results.

Upon initial use, there were some reports of loose fibers, left behind from the manufacturing process. We suggest running it through your dryer on the air-dry cycle for at least 10 minutes, to remove these loose fibers and prevent having them stick to your lips, skin, or clothing when in use.

The Original Turtle Fur Fleece neck gaiter is one of the best neck tubes for hiking, snowboarding, and for a cycling neck warmer, just to name a few.


#3 WoolX Unisex Merino Wool Neck Gaiter for Men & Women

At A Glance:

  • Material/Fabric: 100% Merino Wool
  • Sizing: One size fits most
  • Laundering/Cleaning: Washer/dryer – no shrink
  • Comfort Features: Double layer mid-weight, moisture wicking, retains warmth, itch resistant
  • Rating: 4.2/5

 The WoolX Unisex Merino Wool Neck Gaiter is a wonderful addition to your winter wardrobe. This neck warmer really retains your body heat, even if it gets wet, so you can participate in winter activities, without suffering from exposure to the elements.

This versatile, premium quality product, can be worn as a scarf, facemask, ear-warmers, and headband too! It’s not only stylish, but comes in a multitude of color choices, as well.

This particular merino wool neck gaiter offers a double layer of material for exceptional warmth and has a moisture wicking ability. What’s more, it is specially manufactured to be itch resistant, unlike many woolen fabrics.

Surprisingly, the WoolX gaiter also offers the rare benefit of being able to launder it in your washer and dryer without the worry of having it shrink! So, this one size fits most neckwarmer will continue to fit you, wash after wash. This is the perfect choice for a motorcycle neck tube/warmer.


#4 Columbia Sportswear Thermarator Neck Gaiter

At A Glance:

  • Material/Fabric: 100% poly Omni-Heat 280g Thermarator fleece
  • Sizing: One size fits most
  • Laundering/Cleaning: Hand wash/line dry flat
  • Comfort features: Draw-string closure, soft and warm, Omni-Heat reflective lining
  • Rating: 4.2/5

 The Columbia Sportswear Thermarator Neck Gaiter is 100% polyester and offers the patented Omni-Heat reflective lining. The lining has silver/metallic looking dots, which is the reflective (heat preserving) feature of the lining design. This soft fleece neck gaiter is available in black, navy, and marine blue. One size fits most.

If you need even more facial warmth, this winter neck gaiter offers plenty of length to allow you to pull it up to just under the eye area, and has a draw-string included to help keep it in place.

To preserve the integrity of the liner, fabric, color and size, it would be best to hand wash with mild detergent in cool or warm water, and allow to line dry. The Thermarator Neck Gaiter is designed for both men and women who are seeking the best neck gaiter for winter activities.


#5 Under Armour Men’s Storm Elements Gaiter

At A Glance:

  • Material/Fabric:100% Polyester
  • Sizing: One size fits most
  • Laundering/Cleaning: Hand wash/line dry flat
  • Comfort features: UA Storm finish repels rain/snow, breathable, moisture wicking, fast drying
  • Rating: N/A

 This men’s neck warmer is made from 100% polyester fabric, enhanced with UA’s patented “Storm Finish” to repel rain and snow. Additionally, the breathable fabric is moisture wicking and fast drying, to help keep your neck and face dry and toasty warm; even in wet, cold weather. One size fits most adults and it’s available in black 001/black.

The Under Armour Men’s Storm Elements Gaiter can be worn to protect only your neck, or can be pulled up to protect you from the nose down. The built-in draw-string helps prevent it from slipping out of place when used to protect the face and ears in addition to the neck.

Because this is made from 100% polyester, care should be used when cleaning. It is preferable to clean it by hand-washing with a very mild detergent in cool or warm water. Smooth out & allow to line dry. This protects the fabrics integrity, prevents shrinking, and maintains color quality longer.

If you must launder, wash with mild detergent on a gentle cycle using cold or warm water. Never use hot water or bleach. Air fluff or hang to dry to prevent shrinkage.

The UA Men’s Storm Elements Gaiter is the best neck gaiter for cold, wet weather, to help keep you warm and dry.


Neck Warmers & Gaiters – Comparison Table

Best Neck Warmers and Gaiters PriceMaterial/FabricSizingSpecial Features
Customer Ratings
Smartwool Merino 250 Neck Gaiter$28.00100% Merino WoolOne size fits most Double layer interlock knit for warmth, moisture wicking, itch resistant4.8 / 5
Turtle Fur Heavyweight Fleece Neck Warmer$14.99100% acrylic, classic fleece: Turtle Fur One size fits mostDouble layered heavyweight warmth, softest and warmest fleece available.4.4 / 5
Woolx Unisex Merino Wool Neck Gaiter For Men & Women$22.99100% Merino WoolOne size fits mostDouble layer mid-weight, moisture wicking, retains warmth, itch resistant4.2 / 5
Columbia Sportswear Thermarator Neck Gaiter$20.00100% poly Omni-Heat 280g Thermarator fleeceOne size fits mostDraw-string closure, soft and warm, Omni-Heat reflective lining4.2 / 5
Under Armour Men’s Storm Elements Gaiter$28.00100% PolyesterOne size fits most UA Storm finish repels rain/snow, breathable, moisture wicking, fast dryingN/A

How To Choose The Best Neckwarmer, Gaiter or Neck Tube

People have busy lives these days, and we understand that better than most people would! You have your work responsibilities, home upkeep, household chores, and family obligations to keep up on.

When you make up your mind that it is time to enjoy life a bit, and hit the slopes, take a hike in nature, work in cold temperatures or whatever it is you outdoors in the colder times; the last thing you need to do is spend hours researching how to do so comfortably.

So, we have taken the guesswork out of it for you by providing you with our own research results. Thus, saving your precious free time for you to enjoy! Read on to see what our research and testing of the best neck gaiters for winter, revealed.

As summer comes to a close and the cooler weather of Fall and Winter creeps up on us, we need to start seriously thinking about preparing for the harsher seasons ahead.

Some of the best products out there to help ensure our comfort and warmth, are neck warmers and winter neck gaiters. They are available in both men’s and women’s styles, and will be an affordable addition to your wardrobe, you’ll be happy you chose to add! Here are the most important considerations when making a purchase decision.

  • Cleaning/Care: Be sure to read over the provided product reviews for the cleaning/care requirements for the various neck gaiter products, so if you may want one that offers ease of cleaning, you can narrow down your choices based on the details provided.
  • Allergies: If you have an allergy to Lanolin, be sure to choose one the synthetic ski neck warmer selections. Lanolin is an oil like substance found in wool, therefore you will likely have an allergy to wool as well.
  • Frequency of use: If you will be using a neck tube/neck gaiter on a daily basis or several days a week, consider purchasing a merino wool neck warmer scarf/tube, such as our Editor’s Choice. Wool tends to be more durable and may offer more stretch/flexibility than other materials might.
  • Weather Conditions: If you anticipate the presence of a lot of rain or snow in your outdoor activities, such as; running in the winter or on a cold rainy day, we recommend considering the Under Armour Men’s Storm Elements Gaiter. This product offers a “storm finish” which repels water, making it the best running neck warmer selection.
  • Color options: If color and style are features you desire in a neck gaiter, check out our reviews: #2 & #3 above, as they offer an excellent selection based on that criteria.
You may have some questions, as many folks do, that you would like to have answered prior to purchasing your ski neck gaiter or neck-warmer. Therefore, we have addressed the most frequently asked questions, and provided the answers, in hopes that we have hit on any questions you may have. Our goal is to assist you in choosing the right neck gaiter for your specific needs, the first time.


FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: Will these “one size fit most” snowboarding gaiters fit my children? 

A: It depends. If your children are teens or juniors, chances are they will. But for smaller and younger children, they most likely would be too large and bulky to fit well. However, if you need further assistance

with finding the right neck warmer or gaiter for your younger child, feel free to contact us for assistance. We are more than happy to assist you!

 

 Q: Will I have to wear something under my wool neck warmer to prevent it from itching and irritating my skin?

 A: No, typically this isn’t a problem, as the wool used to manufacture these winter neck warmers is “merino wool” which comes from the Merino Sheep breed. Their wool is much finer than other types of wool,

so the wool fibers tend to be much softer bend rather than irritating and prickly.

 

 Q: Does the fleece neck warmer scarf tend to “shed”?

A: In our research, we have come across mention of fleece shedding occurring, resulting in fleece fibers sticking to other clothing, and even the people’s lips, and skin of the face and neck. One that I tested

produced some light shedding. It is simply a result of the fabric cutting during manufacturing leaving snippets of the strands behind. To prevent your fleece neck gaiter from  “shedding” onto you and your

clothing, we suggest you place your new neck warmer in the dryer on the “air dry” cycle for about 10 minutes. This should remove any loose strands or fibers from the fleece neck gaiter.

 

 Q: Are the neck warmers long enough to cover my face from just below the eyes, down?

 A: In many cases, yes. But this can depend on how long neck warmer is to begin with, and also the size and width of your neck and face.

 

 Q: Which winter neck gaiter material is more durable, the fleece or the merino wool?

 A: Most likely, with proper care, the merino wool will tend to be the longer lasting material.


Helpful Tips

  1. When laundering your ski neck gaiter, be sure to set your machine to a gentle cycle using the cold or warm water setting. To dry, it is recommended that you hang your gaiter flat/smooth and allow it to air
    dry, especially if it is wool. Otherwise, dry on a gentle setting at low heat. Using a cook iron as needed. You may also wish to choose to have your wool neck warmer dry cleaned.
  1. The Marino wool is a great choice for those who tend to work up a sweat, even when it’s cold outside, as it helps prevent odors by absorbing and expelling the moisture from your skin.
  1. When selecting a neck tube/warmer for a younger or small child, avoid the “one size fits most” neck warmers, and buy one made especially for smaller children.
  1. If you have an allergy to Lanolin, do not select a neck warmer made from wool. Lanolin is a naturally occurring oil found in the wool from sheep.
  1. For quick details on the 5 best neck warmers and gaiters, you can take a look at the comparison chart we have included in this buying guide for your convenience.

Enjoy the many opportunities for outdoor winter fun!

This year, rather than hibernating indoors, gear up to enjoy the outdoor fun that only winter offers. You are now armed with the information you need to help stave off the bite of Old Man Winter. Be it snowboarding, skiing, hunting, hiking, ice fishing, or downhill sledding, you can enjoy any cold weather activities you wish to, without worrying about the frostbite nipping at your nose or neck! Here’s wishing that you stay safe, have a blast, and stay warm.


Thanks for reading The 5 Best Neck Warmers and Gaiters. We hope this article has helped you to discover the best choice for a winter neckwarmer to meet your needs and types of winter activities. You might also be interested in our informative article entitled, Winter Clothing Materials and Fabrics.

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R. L. Moore "El Tigre"

Richard M. aka El Tigre is an avid adventure traveler with extensive trekking experience throughout Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 1998 he weathered category 5 Hurricane Mitch on the northern coast of Honduras. He has mountain-biked, hiked and 4x4 toured extensively in Central America, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico. In the summer of 2004 he lived among the Kuna Indians of the San Blas islands in Panama. Today, he manages a real estate investments company based in San Jose, Costa Rica and organizes adventure travel excursions to Costa Rica. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys sport touring and dual-sport riding. Richard lives in Arizona.

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