But it was their neck gaiter that caught my eye.
I purchased a couple but my most used has been Smartwool’s 150.
Here’s an in-depth review of the brand’s merino wool gaiters for women.
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I was never a big fan of scarves, turtlenecks or anything tight around my neck.
But when I picked up skiing for the first time (especially skiing on the Ice Coast, err East Coast), I realized how essential it is to protect the area around your chin, neck and collarbone.
Neck gaiters are essentially tubes of fabric that you can wear like a funnel around your neck.
They’re usually made from a breathable fabric that can both cool and warm you. Look for synthetics like polyester, fleece or natural fibers like wool.
Neck gaiters are a must when you’re outdoors since they block out dust, wind, insects, the sun and harmful UV rays. They also keep you toasty in cold weather!
When you’re not wearing a gaiter around your neck, you can roll and twist them to wear as bandanas, beanies, headbands or scrunchies.
Smartwool Neck Gaiter
Smartwool is a brand that makes all their products out of wool – one of the best winter fabrics.
So naturally, their gaiters are also made from 100% merino wool! Merino wool is one of the best winter fabrics because it’s a natural fiber that wicks away moisture.
As you spend time outdoors, especially doing winter sports, your body will naturally sweat. Wearing wool is ideal because it lifts the water away from your body and retains warmth.
On the other hand, cotton holds on to water, trapping it against the body and making you colder.
Merino wool is also anti-microbial.
The neck gaiter from Smartwool is machine washable, but you honestly don’t need to wash it that often, because wool naturally disperses bacteria.
Smartwool Gaiter Review
That being said, when I pull the gaiter up (like a balaclava) and ski, my nose runs quite a bit and so I’ve had to wash the gaiter often.
I’ve thrown it in the laundry machine, accidentally left it in the dryer multiple times… and it still looks great. It hasn’t been stretched out of shape, shrunk, or excessively pilled!
I picked up the Smartwool gaiter in the 150 thickness and went for the simple all-black option.
It’s been the perfect thin layer around my neck to keep me warm (even on 0 degree days!) and also doubles as a face mask or balaclava when I tuck it under my snow goggles.
If you’re looking for a simple, classic and well-made gaiter, you won’t be disappointed with Smartwool.
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