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Last winter my husband had to away for a few days for work where he was faced with extremes at the top of a mountain. He already likes the outdoors and is pretty well equipped but I spotted this Berghaus Neck Gaiter in Cotswolds Outdoors and picked it up for him to take with him on his trip. Since then, despite seeming to be for men, I have used it quite a few times when he isn't using it. Cotswolds OUtdoors currently have this gaiter priced at just over £13 but I think you could pick it up a couple of pound cheaper if you hunt around online. BErghaud wouldn't necessarily be my husbands favourite - he is a big 'The North Face' fan, but for the price I thought this was a good product and we do have some items from Berghaus in both outdoor gear. This gaiter was black in colour although I think I have seen this in red/wine as well. I like the black as it goes with everything and my husband isn't a fan of bright colours. This gaiter is made of a particular fleece called A-T classic fleece, claiming to keep its warmth even when wet. I liked the fact that it can also be turned into a hat, as I thought it could be another layer for my husband whilst he was away with work since it is quite versatile and can therefore be added to keep the neck warm or head. There is a drawstring on this fleece gaiter that allows adjustment. My husband initially found this a little tight to get over the head but he got used to it. I must have a smaller head than him, because I don't have the same problem. He did however rave about how warm it was round the neck, and he would have used it first thing in the morning until his body warmed up a little and then would usually end up taking it off as he was too hot. I wore this around my neck just the other weekend when our local Christmas lights were being switched on and was an extra layer as well as my scarf and I was very cosy! All in all, this is a great outdoor extra, especially for those that don't want to wear a scarf, or even a hat. I really adds a layer of warmth when you are outdoors and once you are prepared for the outdoors which you can with the right kit, you don't really feel the cold and this piece of clothing is brilliant for keeping warm.
When we as a family went to Lapland for a week at Christmas, we could not have known just how invaluable one small piece of fleecy material would be for each of us. Someone had mentioned to us that we must get neck gaiters to give us extra protection from the freezing temperatures and wind chill that we would inevitably experience, but I just didn't realise how good they were until we arrived. Lapland on its coldest day for us reached an impressive -36. Yes we had thermals on, ski jackets etc but had we not had a neck gaiter each we would have been left with no protection for the neck and face at all. It's important to wear them properly and not simply throw them on like you would a scarf when putting on your coat. I found that I gained the most protection and warmth from them by putting it on straight after my thermal layer top, then putting my mid layer on which in effect captured the ends inside my clothing so there wasn't any gaping holes etc where the cold could easily sneak through. Once you have your ski jacket on you are able to lift the front of the gaiter up the face and if possible over the nose, which offers protection from the cold especially if the seal between your neck and your jacket is correct. Then you simply pull the toggle at the back of the neck to tighten it and secure it in place. For the £12 these cost, it did bump up our shopping bill when we had four in the basket but they have been worth their weight in gold. I use mine on colder days in the UK when I am cycling and the girls have worn them most days to school. Their scarves which match their coats are quite big and chunky knit and they drive them mad when trying to run around and play at school, but the gaiters take up no room and yet still provide the protection. When we bought these in a ski shop, the assistant told us that they can actually double up as hats too if you draw the toggle tightly! I don't know why you wouldn't just buy a hat to be honest but a nice little extra I guess! The light fleece material actually retains warmth, even when it's wet so not only does it protect you from the cold, but it keeps you warm too. Obviously if you have it covering your face (as I did on holiday most of the time!) then it is going to get damp from your breath , this does take a little while to get used to but it's better than no protection at all. The worst thing for me was putting it back on wet, for example if we went to a restaurant we obviously took it off but then had nowhere to dry it - this was the worst feeling and I dreaded it! Also, because of the cold temperatures, it may also freeze! We went snowmobiling across a lake at night for three hours in search of the Northern Lights and the front of the gaiter around the mouth area was completely frozen! It is comfy to wear because of the soft fleecy material and its also adjustable to the wearer because of the toggle at the back. Available in a small range of colours (black, red and blue) It's also machine washable.
I'm not about to profess to be a keen walker or an expert mountain climber, which you may expect fall into the more intended target market of this product. I've had neck gaiters for years, and have always marvelled at just how much warmer I've felt wearing them. The only issue I've had at times has been when the weather gets wet and also how the gaiter stays up, but not with the Berghaus. The Berghaus Spectrum Neck Gaiter essentially does what other neck gaiters are designed to. It covers the neck and tucks into your top in order to maintain the warmth you may otherwise lose there. It's a fleece tube that goes on over your head, and is adjustable with a drawstring at the top to make sure it sits snugly against your neck. I like this, as it means it's suitable for everyone and doesn't have to be for one sized person. The gaiter is longer than your neck, but you don't have to fight with lengths of material - it's just long enough to keep your neck and under your chin warm and stretch down to under whatever top you may be wearing. There's no drawstring at the bottom, but this is a good thing and means that it's not snug against your skin. There's a small pocket of air that gets kept warm, allowing your body heat from your neck to sit there giving you a really nice sense of warmth. The fleece is a 200 midweight fleece, which doesn't mean a great deal to me other than it's designed not necessarily for walking in the Arctic, but certainly for coping with the frosty and snowy winters we've been having of late. The best part though is when it rains. Fleeces aren't designed to be waterproof and let the rain run off it, but they should maintain their warmth when wet, and that's exactly what this one does. I've spent many a cold evening just out caught in a shower wearing this, and my neck has stayed warm despite the gaiter getting wet. You can feel the wet to a certain extent depending on how heavy and constant the rain is and how wet the gaiter gets of course, but ultimately it does the job very well in this respect. You can't underestimate the amount of comfort and psychological warmth you can get from this as well. There's something comforting about putting this on when I know it's cold outside, and when combined with quality headgear I find that this makes me feel just as warm as the rightly chosen trousers and top or coat, etc. The Spectrum also maintains its shape very well. I have had a few products that have thinned out or lost their shape over the years, but this has lasted me well and I have no issues with it whatsoever. At just over the £10 mark, this is a bargain buy and an investment I highly recommend for when it gets cold. The main thing is that it's very functional and does what it's supposed to - it keeps your neck warm. Whether I've been cycling in the rain, walking along in windy freezing conditions, and even when I was in the Alps, it really helps keep your neck warm. It's machine washable and comes out good after use unlike some products which are good until you wash them. It's a middle of the range item, so you're not buying cheap rubbish and you're not forking out for a top item that costs more than it's actually worth. This does the job just perfectly. Recommended.
For serious sports enthusiasts there are plenty of fancy pieces of clothing and equipment for you to get excited about. This particular item is rather plain and although its general purpose if for outdoor sports, I think this would appeal to pretty much anyone regardless of what sports you do or don't partake in. The Spectrum Neck Gaiter is made by Berghaus and costs £12.00. I have owned one of these for many years and it has certainly proved useful during that time! Product desctiption: "Neck gaiters are an essential piece of kit when the weather turns cold, forming a seal between your jacket and face, keeping out rain, wind and spindrift. The Berghaus Spectrum Neck gaitor uses Berghaus's own AWL 200 midweight fleece, which retains much of it's warmth when wet. " Although it's not a term I was familiar with when I bought this, a gaiter is basically a cowl type scarf. This one is a simple tube shape with flat edges and a drawstring at the top edge. The design allows you to slip the gaiter on over your head, and then adjust the tightness depending on how loosely or snugly you want it to fit. One size fits all and its plain appearance makes it wearable for both men and women. It is made from a 200 weight fleece which is fine and actually seems a little on the thin side, but when worn it is incredibly soft against the skin and feels nice to wear. It is comfortable as it can be adjusted to the size that you prefer. The fleece material is very good at retaining warmth and it makes a big difference to overall body temperature when this extra layer is worn with a sweat top or jacket. The material is not water resistant but when it has been rained on the water droplets seem to sit on the surface rather than soaking straight through, unless it is heavy rain in which case it gets soaked along with the rest of my outfit! The Berghaus Spectrum Gaiter is something that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who cycles. I am not overly into bikes but I often like to enjoy a nice, leisurely bike ride and find that if I plan my outfit properly this allows me to get the most out of my experience. I always wear my hair tied back when I cycle so that I can fit my cycle helmet on properly over my hair withoput any loose bits getting in the way. This means that as I am cycling along my neck always catches the breeze and gives me a nasty chilly feeling. When the weather is colder this is really off-putting and can be quite unpleasant which means that I don't enjoy my cycling as much. This gaiter is perfect for wearing when I'm on my bike as it covers my entire neck area and - most importantly - it stays in place. Scarves are no good for this sort of situation as they can come loose or the ends flap around in the wind. The design of the gaiter with it's simple but handy little toggle drawstring means that my neck stays tucked in and I don't have to worry about it moving and coming loose when I'm riding along. I have also worn this with my winter coat when extra warmth is required during our freezing cold English weather. The colour of the fabric is plain old black which is perfect as it matches pretty much everything and does not really stand out. My only problem is that it's a rather boring looking thing and doesn't give much cred in the fashion stakes. However, it does the job it needs to so I am happy to keep wearing it. The fleece fabric is machine washable so once again this is another practical point. The material comes up nice and soft after washing and even after years of use and washing there has only been a slight appearance of wear, where the fabric is beginning to pill and a few little bobbles are visible. Overall I think this is an excellent practical item that would come in useful for anyone that does outdoor sports, especially cycling, jogging and hiking. A great piece of kit for a reasonable price.
I'm quite a keen rock climber and so spend quite a portion of my free time out of doors, typically half way up a cliff face or mountain. Ideally I would prefer to do this in a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, and get a chance to work on my tan but unfortunately the weather doesn't agree. With this in mind I need to pick my clothes so I can stay as warm as possible while being as mobile as possible on the rock. I can't remember the figure but I read at one point that we lose an obscene amount of body heat through our head and neck if they are uncovered. Enter the Berghaus Spectrum Neck Gaiter. Berghaus is a quality mountaineering brand that has existed for as long as I've been climbing. Their items are typically expensive but you do get what you pay for. Fortunately I picked up this neck gaiter as a special offer when I was buying a new rope in my local adventure sports shop. At first I was suspicious of how a circular piece of fleece was going to change my climbing experience but the man in the shop was adamant I try. On first inspection the gaiter is about 25cm long and about 15-20cm wide (it fits around my large head with a bit of a squeeze!) and is made of unremarkable black fleece. On the bottom edge is the iconic Berghaus logo, embroidered into the fleece in what appears to be quite a professional fashion. Along the top edge is a drawstring that when pulled and locked in place with the accompanying clip, turns this neck warmer into a make-do hat. The fleece itself seems quite hard wearing and I can attest that it has not torn or shredded in two years of solid use. Similarly the plastic clip to hold the drawstring in place has yet to show a single sign of failure. So top marks for construction and materials. To use the neck warmer you simply pull it over your head until it sits at your neck. It feels quite soft against the skin but be warned that if you have a beard, or even long stubble that you will experience so mild pulling from time to time. I've found it to be a touch too warm when I'm actually climbing and have found myself pulling at it halfway up a pitch to cool off. Holding the rope for someone however and it is perfect. On a cold day I have the neck gaiter on as well as my trusty aran wool hat. When the weather gets a bit warmer I switch the neck gaiter to a cool cap with a quick pull on the drawstring. A quick note on the drawstring, when climbing this comes in great use as the neck gaiter can be clipped to my harness to keep it out of my way when I don't need it, a simple touch but it works wonderfully. All in all this is a great little buy, or in my case a present. To be honest, at the time I wouldn't have spent £20 on it, but after all the experiences I've had with it and how well it's held together I would glady pay even more for a similar item now.
This is another quality berghaus product, whe you buy Berghaus you know your going to be buying quality and they have a great pedigree amongst walkers and mountaineers like myself. They are one of the better midrange products for people who get involve in outdoor activities but this , like all outdoor clothing has practicality at the forfront and it is not for the fashion concious. The gaiter itself is completely black aside from the red and blue Berghaus logo on the front. The curviture on the bottom edge is cut out to fit well around the neckline. functionality The gaiter has a drawstring toggle around the top edge which means you can adjust it easily and it is made from Berghaus 200 weight fleece which is the mideight fleece range, not too heavy but keeps offthe worse of the wind, it has a good warmth to weight ratio. The gaiter basically forms protection, or a shield between your jacket and your face, or hat. The design is extremely effective and the essential heat that runs through the neck is not lost spending long times in the cold, especially when facing headwinds. The fleece itself is slightly elastic, just a s aproperty not as an extra, making it slightly able to stetch to fit over your head...putting one of these things on can feels like your putting on a really tight t-shirt. The fleec is on both sides, the only problem is that fleece, although has the property to dry quickly, also is not waterprrof, slightly water resistant but feels very itchy and nasty around the neck if it does get wet. Generally its very light weight- ideal for walkers and climbers alike. The fleece material is completely machine washable and does not boble or nick easily, ive had mine for a year now and so far no problems with repeated washes. Gaiters are much better then scarves, and is a sure sign that things have moved forward in climbing and outdoor clothing technology, which works loose over time and gaps apear, I know this really bother sme in the winter when I wear a scarf to work (gaiters dont really go with suits ! but more and more I see people on thetrain wearing gaiters and technical shoes as these are becoming more popular with commuters because of their obvious functional benefits. scarves are also quite big and bulky, made from wool most of the time and it isnt easy to stow them once you take them off , like fitting them in a pockets The size of the gaiter is 29 cm across, and length of it will range from 25 cm at the rear and 21 cm at the front, so it si essentially a one size fits all piece of clothing. can pull the front up slightly further over the lower part of your face in order to provide extra protection should the weather get really cold or windy. toggle lock in the top edge of the gaiter. Apparently ive read that people draw the drawstring close at one end and use it as a hat, personally ive never seen this done, but if the functionality works then why not, you`l look a little silly, but who cares if you keep your head warm, personally I always make sure hat gaiters have enough pull on them to be able to pull over my nose and mouth. Generally the cost is from around £12 to £13 in Blacks.
Before they became a fashion accessory for footballers known as a snood hikers had long been aware of the benefits of such items and for me the Spectrum neck gaiter from Berghaus has been my own personal preference over wearing a scarf while walking on cold winter days. It is made from the same material as my Berghaus gloves and hat, 200 dernier fleece which is very soft and comfortable to wear while also offerring excellent thermal qualities as well. It is a simple idea that you just pop your head through and then arrange around your neck depending upon the weather conditions, there is a draw string at the top if you want it tight or you can wear it with a more relaxed loose fit. It is excellent at blocking the wind and preventing cold air running down your back It is black in colour and easy to keep clean as it is machine washable. It weights a mere 44 gramms and retails for £12 on Amazon. I really do find this more comfortable to wear than a scarf and also easier to store as it takes up less room in a pack when it is not needed as well as providing good thermal qualities, also if you get too warm you can loosen it off without having to remove it or having ends flapping around you and there is never a problem with it becomming llose and flying away in a heavy wind. For cold winter mornings my gaiter is always with me and now that they have been banned in football unfavourable comparisons to some over paid chav will no longer apply.
You could be forgiven for looking at this and wondering what the heck it is and why would you use one. well, believe it or not the neck gaitor has become something of a fashion statement among footballers during matches this winter in the shape of the 'snood'. The Berghaus neck gaitor is (in my opinion) aimed at walkers and for outdoor activities and not the fashion concious. The Berghaus neck gaitor is completely black apart from the Berghaus logo and branding on the front at the bottom. There is a drawstring toggle around the top edge so you can adjust it arrording to your requirements and it is made from Berghaus 200 weight fleece which apparently has a very good warmth to weight ratio. Another thing to point out is the curviture around the bottom edge that is cut out to fit well around the neckline. The reason behind wearing a neck gaitor is to form a seal between your jacket and your face, effectively covering your neck hence the name. Berghaus are a very well known brand and although the desigbn is very simple it is extremely effective at its job. For around a tenner you have a useful piece of clothing that will be useful for walkers and anyone else spending long times in the cold, especially facing headwinds. For fear of reprisals from the fashion brigade I would strongly recommend you do not pull the drawstring tight to create a hat - although this does allow you to double its uses!
Its getting cold again folks and its that time of year when you need to wrap up to keep yourself warm. I know that when I go out for walks on cold days its good to put on a scarf to keep me warm but they can get in the way. A better idea is to get a berhaus spectrum neck gaiter instead. I used to wear a pair of berghaus spectrum gloves as well and the two things kept the weather put and me warm. I lost my gloves but the neck gaiter lives on and still comes out with me on cold days. I like berghaus stuff because the quality is good and the warmth factor is great. The bergahus neck gaiter is easy to wear. You slip it over you head around your neck and thats it. No fuss not mess. It takes seconds to get it set up right and you can get it off if you need to with the same ease. I like the way the the berghaus neck gaiter fits snug but you do need to take care with the cord and toggle that close it up around your neck. I have pulled that up in a hurry a few times and sometimes pulled it a bit too tight and that wasn't all that great a feeling. Best to be a bit more careful if you can. Other than that the gaiter is a good un. Its warm, its light its an all in one solution to the problem of a cold neck when out in poor weather. The fleece material can be washed and dried fast if you need it to be and thats a good thing about it. Easy care is how I see it. The fleece used for the berghaus neck gaiter is thick and warm. Mine is black but it comes in other colours. I think the black is the best colour for a bloke and its fine for wear out walking. I don't think the gaiter is a fashion thing but in cold windy weather you will thank your lucky stars you have it on. The only bit of kit that shows this is berghaus is the stitched label which matches the hats, the gloves etc. I think its fine where it is and doesn't get in my way when I wear this. The gaiter is a one size fits all thing and it should fit most people ok. Unless you have problems with putting things over your head to get them on you shouldn't have a problem with wearing it. I would recommend the berghaus neck gaiter for cold weather but not for wet days because the fleece can get wet and then it feels cold and nasty. Keep it for dry days and it will be fine. Price is about £6.99 to £9.99. Seems a lot but it works well, what more do you want.
Berghaus Spectrum Neck Gaiter Winter is certainly here once more and I have been feeling the cold more and more when out walking the pup. I received a very early Christmas present from one of my best friends in the form of this Berghaus spectrum neck gaiter so that I would get the use out of it now rather than waiting. She had borrowed her husband's and loved the idea and warmth, so thanks to him we now have one each. The easiest way to describe this neck gaiter is it's very much like a pull on scarf, it's a complete lop with no need to wrap it around, just pull it on and you are ready to go. Recently I bought myself a very similar snood, not near as warm, but a similar concept, which I believe will be a trend this winter. To wear this neck gaiter all you do is pull it over your head, it really is that simple. This makes a really good scarf, sometimes woollen scarves can irritate and make my skin a bit itchy, especially, if they are made from slightly rougher wool. This neck gaiter is made from a lovely soft yet warm fleece like material. It is long enough that your neck is completely covered without the bulge in the front of your jacket that you sometimes get from tucking any extra scarf in. It is also easy enough to pull this up a bit to cover your mouth and nose to keep you warm even when the wind is blasting from all directions. The neck gaiter I own is black and I believe that it is a man's size. This really isn't a problem as it still fits well, but it is a tad large, I am not sure whether there is a smaller female size available, but this is still fine to wear. Until searching around to find a price for this I had assumed it was a unisex item. To buy one of these it will typically cost you around £12 and they are pretty easy to find in a wide range of sports and mountain shops as well as high street brands such as John Lewis. I was actually surprised to find that this neck gaiter hadn't cost more, it really is a cosy warm and really nice product to keep you warm even on the coldest day. I am going to buy one of these for my brother as he is a snowboarder and I think that this would be a great addition to his snowboarding gear. Being a Berghaus product does usually mean that you are buying quality. I own quite a few Berghaus products from gloves, hats and jackets, which have all turned out to be excellent products. Something I only found out recently, the top of the neck gaiter has a drawstring and I have been using this to tighten the neck gaiter to position and tighten it to where I want to wear it, for example sometimes covering my mouth and nose when it is particularly windy. However, you can pull the drawstring tight and it will make a hat, so you can use this to keep your head warm if you don't have a separate hat to wear. This Berghaus neck gaiter gets a well earned and deserved five out of five stars. It is cosy, soft and warm, I already prefer this over any other scarf I have for walking the dog, especially, out by the windswept and cold beach. I would happily recommend this product to others and although it may be primarily aimed at men it is more than suitable for everyone. This is a great addition to my winter wardrobe.
I never really knew that this item actually existed, but it is now one of those items that I just couldn't live without when I'm out hiking and walking with the dogs. It is basically a fleece tube that you pull over your head to be around your neck, and it then forms a seal between your jacket and your face to keep you warm and cosy. In the past, I always used scarves, but often they would work loose over time and then little gaps would open up to let the wind through to your neck. The other problem with scarves were that they were often fairly bulky such that when you took them off, you couldn't always easily just stuff them in your pocket. With this gaiter, those problems have been resolved. Size wise it is 29 cm across, and the depth varies from 25 cm at the back up to 21 cm at the front, where it is basically one size fits all and it is slightly elasticised to ease fitment. The idea is that you put in on in such a way that it sits under the neck of your jacket and covers your neck up to you chin. If required, you can pull the front up slightly further over the lower part of your face in order to provide extra protection should the weather get really cold or windy. To ensure a good seal and fit, it also comes with an elastic draw string and toggle lock in the top edge of the gaiter that you can draw in around your neck or your face. The material is a mid-weight double sided black fleece that is designed to keep you warm, even when it gets wet. Since it is a one piece tube affair, it provides that all round seal around your neck. Hence, no gaps open up as was the problem with the scarf mentioned earlier. When not in use, it folds up to about the size of your fist, much less than a scarf would be, so that you can easily store it away in your pocket etc, which gives it a great warmth to weight ratio if you are concerned about storage space and weight when you are out trekking, or just trying to wear it to go to work and want something that you can just put into your pocket. Another useful feature of this product is that it will also double as a warm hat where you can pull the draw string tight to close off one end. When I bought this some years ago, it was about £10, and that still seems to be the same sort of price nowadays. But to me, it was worth every penny. The fleece element keeps me warm in the most arduous of weather conditions, and still keeps me warm even when it is wet, yet it easily folds away into my pocket. I have also managed to put it through the washing machine many times with no problems. As I said, it is one of those very useful things that I never really knew existed until I saw one in the shop, and after using it, to me it is an absolute must have item for anyone planning to be outdoors in the cold winter months. Highly recommended.