A neck gaiter is a simple but very valuable accessory…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 13 pounds, 20 dollars
A neck gaiter is a simple but very valuable accessory to carry in your pack. Basically a tubular scarf, it's great for wearing when hiking into a strong wind, or just lift up to warm up when resting. The Berghaus spectrum is a nice, very warm example at an affordable price.
- Very warm
- Wearing well over time
- Easy to adjust
- A little bulky at the base of the neck, can be a little snug fitting with closer fitting technical jackets
There isn't much to discuss when it comes to neck gaiters. They are basically a tube of fleece that acts like scarf which wont go flying off into the wind. They aren't all built the same though, and some offer better value for money than others. The Berghaus spectrum is a particularly nice example as its priced quite reasonably in comparison to some other examples.
Fit and comfort: The overall of the gaiter is good. It is adequately long to keep the base of your neck warm while extending upwards to cover your nose. The material is very soft and the stitching and seams on the inside aren't noticeable so there is no abrasion or chaffing.
Adjustability: There is a drawcord at the back which allows you to adjust the fit. It can also be used to wear the gaiter as a hat if need be, but it looks a little silly.
Breathability, Moisture, and Warmth: It is made of 200 weight fleece, so it is quite warm, but it still reasonably breathable and did a decent job of moving moisture from my breathing.
Layering: Being made of thicker fleece I actually had a bit of difficulty layering this with some jackets that had a snug neck opening. It could still be done, but I definitely felt restricted. Hence the loss of 1 star from the product rating. It would probably benefit from a two part construction with a thinner material at the base where there is protection already afforded by the jacket the heavier fleece up top where there is exposure.
Abrasion: Other than jacket collars, I don't think it is exposed to any abrasion to speak of, so it is looking like new, even after a few washes.
The product appears reasonably well built, it has not separated at the seams even when being tugged (which is an issue I noticed on the slightly more expensive Berghaus powerstretch gaiter) and the fabric has held up well to use. The drawcord is also a nice touch for adjusting the fit and sealing out the cold, and also if you dare look silly and dawn this as a hat.
It has been used in the UK mountains all winter and spring (it may not be overly cold here, but it can be extremely windy).
I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a cold weather neck gaiter. Its a great product and presents good value for money.