Product Type: Berghaus Sports Clothing
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A great addition to those climbing and walking days
Berghaus Spectrum Neck Gaiter
Member Name: Bullydc1
Berghaus Spectrum Neck Gaiter
Advantages: Fairly inexpensive, a nice fleece product , machine washable and light
Disadvantages: Not quite big enough to completely cover the lower half of the face
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.
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.
Summary: A great fleece product, relatively inexpensive and perfect for outdoorsy types
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