11 Best Neck Gaiters of 2021 for Running, Workout, & COVID Protection

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15 Best Neck Gaiters of 2021 for Running, Workouts & COVID Protection

After dealing with COVID-19 for almost two years, we know that face coverings remain critical in keeping us safe from the virus.

Suppose your facemask is your regular face-covering made of cloth.

In that case, you might have found that they are not suitable for running or most active outdoor activities.

More than that, over time, the ear loop may be uncomfortable to wear, especially when you have to wear it almost 24/7.

A neck gaiter is an excellent alternative face covering.

Also known as a buff or neck warmer, neck gaiters have been great for outdoor activities and now, as a safe form of protection from the virus.

The best neck gaiters are useful in stopping the spread of the coronavirus, with the benefit of keeping your neck, nose, and face warm.

But, compared to a dedicated surgical mask, a neck gaiter may not be as protective against COVID-19.

Nevertheless, there are endless benefits to wearing a neck gaiter, and in this article, I have put together the top 15 neck gaiters of 2021.

1. Biogaiter Neck Gater by G95

g95 neck gaiter


From all gaiters in this list, Biogaiter might be the only neck gaiter I trust to slow germs’ spread. For real!

This face mask has multiple layers of fabric and even a dedicated filter.

Biogaiter states that it uses “G95 filtration technology” that filters out “99.75% of all airborne particles size 0.1 micron and larger” in the entire gaiter.

By doubling as a face cover with the built-in G95 filter, the G95 Bio gaiter protects against germs, dust, smoke, and emissions.

The Bio Gaiter offers built-in G95 protection against pollution, allergens, cold & flu, and other airborne pathogens.

However, I feel that the design on this neck gaiter can be improved a lot.

To me, it looks like a cloth sack without a bottom that tightens around your head using an elastic cord.

If you’re seeking a neck gaiter that slows the coronavirus spread, I recommend you try the Biogaiter by G95.

2. Trail Shaker Gaiter by Columbia

Columbia Trail Shaker neck gaiter

BRAND | Columbia

This neck gaiter is made of soft and lightweight fleece, and it was designed to seal out wind, cold, and snow thanks to its Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining.

After using hundreds of neck gaiters, I can tell you that for cold weather protection, there’s nothing better than Columbia’s… gaiters.

Stylish, functional. and above all easily recognized by your peers, Columbia neck gaiters are great to have.

Get Columbia’s neck gaiter now as the discounts are phenomenal for this superb built-in face warmer.

3. Cooling Face and Neck Gaiter by Mission

Mission cooling face covering

BRAND | Mission
BEST PRICE | $19.79

Enjoy staying active longer while doing what you love even when the temperature rises with the cooling and refreshing Mission Cooling face and neck gaiter.

This Neck Gaiter’s material has a UPF 50 coating that can block up to 98% of UV rays, as an extra layer of protection while you are outdoors.

Great design protects you from dust, debris, and wind; once this neck gaiter is activated with water, it cools to 30 degrees below average body temperature in under 30 seconds!

You can activate it quickly in 3 steps: Wet it, wring it out and snap it.

To reactivate, just re-wet and snap, and it will stay cool for another 2 hours or so.

4. Seamless Face Cover Mouth Mask by Into The AM

Into the AM neck gaiter

BRAND | Into The AM
BEST PRICE | $24.95

The fabric of this face covering is super stretchable, and it is even more convenient to wear with its seamless style.

At the ends of the mask, the raw edges optimize stretch, further maximizing comfort and enabling additional breathability.

The face mask bandanas feature a lightweight and breathable 4-way stretch fabric that fits men, women, and kids.

You can fold it to create two layers for added protection and a more snug fit.

I like this neck gaiter as it has over 12 ways to wear it; face mask, face cover, neck gaiter, gator mask, headband, wristband, scarf face mask, balaclava, face covering, seamless mask, fishing mask, dust mask, bandana, mouth cover, and more.

Moreover, the cloth face mask’s moisture-wicking fabric transfers sweat away from your body, cooling you down.

Finally, the quick-dry fabric technology lets your mask bandana dry in minutes.

5. Neck Gaiter Face Mask by SKL

SKL neck gaiter

BEST PRICE | $11.98

This is not just a neck gaiter but a highly multifunctional product.

It can be used as a face cover, scarf, sun protection mask, breathable face cover, cooling covering, ice protection mask, headwear, a scarf for outdoor activities, and finally, a neck gaiter for fishing, hiking, running, cycling, and so on.

SKL’s neck gaiter is made of a material that retains moisture while keeping you cool in the sun, known to hold up to repeated washes.

I like SKL’s neck gaiter for the ear loop feature, making it easier to wear on and off.

6. Neck Gaiter Balaclava Bandana Headwear by Jjyee

Jjyee neck gaiter

BRAND | Jjyee
BEST PRICE | $6.99

Love this neck gaiter/balaclava bandana headwear especially because it is so multifunctional.

The hybrid design gives you all the shielding you need to stay safe and protected from wind or sun.

The material keeps the mask in place on your neck, forehead, and nose, and also, the openings for ears help a lot to keep it in place

Speaking of material, this neck gaiter is made from 100% Soft Ice Silk, renowned for being light and soft.

Moreover, silk is great in the heat of the summer, as its moisture-wicking capabilities keep you cool while working out.

7. Bamboo Neck Gaiter by UV Skinz

UV Skinz Bamboo neck gaiter

BRAND | UV Skinz
BEST PRICE | $28.95

I’ve first heard about this mask in a book about sustainable living.

Made from lightweight bamboo fabric, this sustainable neck gaiter is designed to be worn for long periods.

Since the material is thin, when used as a face covering, you will want to fold it into a double layer.

This cooling bandana/face mask offers full-coverage protection for women, men, and kids against UV, dust, sand, and wind.

An excellent eco-friendly neck gaiter that’ll keep you covered and protected in style, thanks to the brand’s original designs.

8. Filter Tube Neck Gaiter by Original Buff

Original Buff Neck Gaiter

BRAND | Buff
BEST PRICE | $20.99 $9.99

This face wrap is semi-fitted so that even when you are on the go, it stays on.

From all neck gaiters tested by us, this is the best match for hiking clothes.

The Buff comes in different prints and colors than most gaiters, and it can be transformed into 12+ styles to protect from various outdoor elements.

You can wear it as a neck gaiter, face mask, headband, helmet liner, hood, headwrap, bandana, and much more!

9. Merino 250 Neck Gaiter by Smart Wool

Smart Wool merino 150 neck gaiter

BRAND | Smart Wool
BEST PRICE | $30.00

To shield your face from cold weather and as a neck warmer, it has two layers of lightweight merino wool to support while also wicking away moisture.

Made via chemical-free fabric technology, Merino 250 is machine washable and reusable.

This is a great neck gaiter designed to protect vulnerable areas such as the back of your neck.

It does that thanks to its UPF 50 blocking technology that keeps up to 98% of UV rays away from your skin.

The gaiter also protects you from dust, debris, and wind when used as a face mask or hood.

Moreover, this gaiter is a great fit for winter sports like skiing and even snowboarding.

10. Adjustable Neck Gaiter by Banana Republic

Banana Republic Neck Gaiter

BRAND | Banana Republic
BEST PRICE | $12.99

Banana republic’s stretch cotton gaiter is perfect for carrying on long walks or to the park if you are looking for something that seems less sporty and a little life that is more real.

This soft and breathable face mask is made from a thin microfiber polyester fabric that allows this mask to be worn comfortably for hours.

In fact, this is the perfect protection accessory, very suitable for music festivals, fishing, riding, hiking, biking, motorcycling, snowboarding, skiing, camping, running, paintball, traveling, and even yoga.

11. Rho LTW Neck Gaiter by Arc’teryx

Arc'teryx neck gaiter

BRAND | Arc’teryx
BEST PRICE | $39.00

Maybe not as luxurious as a Chanel face mask, this gaiter is great for winter sports.

Made from a lightweight wool/elastane combo, this neck gaiter is excellent at keeping the snow out of your face while letting the healthy sun rays in.

I love this merino wool/spandex neck gaiter as it prevents my face from heating up and sweating while keeping me safe from snow and winds.

The three terms I would use to characterize the Arc’teryx Rho LTW Neck Gaiter are: comfortable, warm, and relaxing.

Neck Gaiters Wrap up

Bear in mind that the neck gaiter’s material makes a huge difference in how well the mask protects you during your outdoor activities and even against viruses.

If you get your face covered in sweat and moisture from exercising or even from your breath, you better look for soft and breathable neck gaiters and yet, strong enough not to disintegrate.

In particular, soft, stretchy, and moisture-wicking materials such as polyester, nylon, or spandex are great for face workout face coverings.

Usually, high-performance modern athletic fabrics will provide far more breathability and stretch compared to the classic neck gaiters made of cotton or linen.

In terms of consistency, style, comfort, wicking moisture, and value, all neck gaiters I have covered above are the best you can buy right now.

Among these, The Smart wool neck gaiter and Bio gaiter, both designed to have multiple fabric layers, are protection staples for active people worldwide.

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Emma Walker
Emma Walker
Born and raised in Golden, Colorado, Emma has spent her adult years traveling and living around the American West and Alaska. Emma has worked as a camp counselor, raft guide, and even avalanche educator, holding a master's degree in Outdoor and Environmental education. More recently a hiking guidebook author, nowadays Emma writes and edits for a variety of outdoor and adventure publications.

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