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Don't Get Caught in the Cold, Wear a Neck Gaiter

Whether you're skiing, running, cycling or just out and about, keeping your neck (and face) warm is essential when temperatures drop.

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When the year's coldest temperatures shortly arrive, you'll quickly realize just how exposed your neck and face are to the elements. Sure, there are jackets and turtlenecks for these situations, but often that just isn't enough. This is where a neck gaiter (or neck warmer, or a handful of other names) comes in. Think of a beanie for your neck or a scarf that won't fall off — that is a neck gaiter.

You may have become familiar with gaiters because of their prevalence throughout the pandemic as face coverings. They can work in a pinch to help reduce droplet spread (especially when consisting of multiple layers), but when it comes to wearing masks, especially indoors, an actual face mask is always the best option. We do, however, think gaiters and warmers are the perfect accessories for keeping warm on winter runs, spending long days on the slopes or just getting out and about in the winter when you don't want the bulk of a scarf.

You can find all kinds of gaiters these days, from lightweight tubes of cotton that work as year-round sun and weather protection to running-specific merino neck warmers or retro deep-pile fleece gaiters. We rounded up 13 of our favorites for you to check out. Trust us, when things get chilly, you'll be glad you have one.

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Patagonia
Patagonia Retro Pile Neck Gaiter
Backcountry
Arc'teryx
Arc'teryx Motus Neck Gaiter
Arc'teryx
Rapha
Rapha Winter Collar
Rapha
Tracksmith
Tracksmith Brighton Neck Warmer
Tracksmith
Smartwool
Smartwool Merino 150 Neck Gaiter
Backcountry
Lululemon
Lululemon Cold Terrain Run Neckwarmer
Lululemon
The North Face
The North Face Denali Neck Gaiter
End
Uniqlo
Uniqlo Heattech Neck Gaiter
Uniqlo
Buff
Buff Thermonet Buff
Backcountry
Nike
Nike Dri-FIT Winter Warrior Neck Warmer
Nike
Patagonia
Patagonia Micro-D Neck Gaiter
Backcountry
Carhartt
Carhartt Black Neck Gaiter
Home Depot
Columbia
Columbia Trail Shaker Omni-Heat Fleece Gaiter
Columbia
Lands' End
Lands' End Fleece Gaiter
Lands' End
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