What is a neck warmer?
If you’re a camping or hiking fanatic, you may have heard of a neck warmer, neck gaiter or tube scarf. An elasticated tube-shaped piece of material which is amazingly versatile and often used during outdoor excursions or sports. There are endless ways how to wear a neck warmer. This single piece of material has a multitude of uses if you’re a lover of adventures. But you can also use it as a functional fashion accessory and add a stylish flair to your everyday look.
What is the best material for neck gaiters?
Neck warmers or gaiters can be found in a variety of materials such as merino, fleece-lined or knitted. However, generally, they are made from a fast drying and wind-resistant fabric to keep you protected from the elements. Shield yourself from the sunstroke, wind burn or the very rare drizzle with this unique and flexible accessory.
What is a tube scarf used for?
There are tons of ways to wear this super multi-functional piece of head-wear. It has its uses in everything from camping to skiing. A tube scarf can help keep you cool or warm in extreme weather conditions; an essential for any adventure-seeker.
One of the most popular uses for a neck scarf is to soak up excess sweat after some hard-core activity. That’s where the fast-drying property comes in handy. The moisture-absorbing quality can prevent excess sweat cooling, which lowers the chances of losing body heat in chillier climates.
The lightweight nature of neck warmers means they’re perfect for camping. They take up minimal packing space and have an endless array of uses. It’s also a simple and practical way to keep hair out of your face while you hike, or run.
How to wear a neck warmer?
Although there are no wrong ways to wear a neck warmer, follow our tips below to use its full potential. Try out our 18 different ways to wear a buff to get the most out of your new accessory.
19 Ways to Wear a Neck Gaiter
- Scarf – simply pull the tube scarf over your neck for an effortlessly cool look, which will also keep you warm.
- Hood – This covers most of your head and is excellent for staying warm. Keep the front of the neck scarf under your chin, and pull the back up to cover your head.
- Balaclava – start off with the hood, then take the material from just under your chin and double it up and pull up to cover your nose for added warmth or sun protection.
- Face Mask – Start with the tube scarf on your neck, then pull it up to just below your eyes. This style is ideal to protect against dirt, dust, rain or cold.
- Neck Warmer – keep it around your neck but pull it up over your chin and the back of your neck. A great way to protect against wind burn when cycling.
- Sun Guard – put it around your neck and pull the back up and over the back of your head – this works particularly well when worn under a hat or helmet.
- Head Band – Wear the neck warmer round your forehead to keep pesky hair at bay or absorb sweat when you’re on a long hike. Scrunch it up for a more casual look or fold it to look like a pro.
- Hair Band – begin with a scarf around your neck, then pull it up at the front to push back your hair. Works well with either long or short hair.
- Head Scarf – start off with the hair band look, then pull the tube scarf back – perfect for bad hair days!
- Hair Tie – Like a simple scrunchie, wrap the neck gaiter around your ponytail to hold your hair back.
- Bandana – Take your neck warmer and turn it inside out. Put both of your arms through the garment and cross the grab the ends of opposite sides of the tube. Pull both ends to form a knot at 1/3 from the end of the tube – shape it a bit so the opening is large enough to fit your head. Place on your head and adjust the knot until the fit is perfect. You can wear it under your helmet without having to adjust the helmet size.
- Wristband – wrap around your wrist enough times till the fit is snug, a great way to absorb sweat on runs.
- Hat Liner – a neck scarf is thin and lightweight enough to wear under a hat for extra warmth and protection against windburn. Lay it over your head and simply pop your hat on top.
- Helmet Liner – just like the hat liner, use a scarf to add an extra layer underneath your helmet.
- Beanie/Cap – First grab your neck tube and turn it inside out. Place one end of the tube on the top of your head, and then twist it in the centre at least twice. Then take the opening above the twist and pull it down over your head.
- Sahariane– One of the most classic ways to wear a neck warmer. Turn it inside out, lay it flat over your head with the openings at the front and the back. Open the top layer of the tube, hold inside with a hand over your forehead and with the other hand pull the top layer down over your head to form a cap shape.
- Bobble hat – Give your beanie hat a bit of a flair with the single layered bobble hat style. Start off with the beanie, but tie the loose end of the neck warmer into a big knot instead of pulling it down over your head.
- Do Rag – A simple do rag pulled over your head and left open at the back means you can protect your neck from the sun.
- Foulard – Start with the hairband, but open up the back of the neck warmer slightly. Create some fabulous hairdos with this style!
Neck warmers with your design printed on
Create your own custom printed neck warmer to add some stylish flair to your hiking trip, or simply for a splash of extra colour in your wardrobe. This custom neck warmer is created from sustainable materials with wind resistant and heat-retaining properties to keep you extra comfortable in your adventuring.