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MEC Neck Gaiter (Kids')
Owner Review by Andrea Murland
August 22, 2011

Tester Information

Name: Andrea Murland
Email: amurland AT shaw DOT ca
Age: 25
Location: Rossland, British Columbia, Canada
Gender: Female
Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Weight: 125 lb (57 kg)

I began hiking frequently in 2006 and have since hiked in Western Canada, Australia, and spent 2 months backpacking in the Alps. I spend most weekends either day-hiking or on 2-3 day backpacking trips, with some longer trips when I can manage them. I also snowshoe and ski in the winter, but don’t have a lot of experience with winter in the backcountry yet. Elevation is typically 500-3,000 m (1,600-10,000 ft), in the Canadian Rockies and the Selkirk, Purcell, and Monashee ranges. I try for a light pack, but I don’t consider myself a lightweight backpacker.

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MEC Neck Gaiter

Product Information

Manufacturer: Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
Manufacturer's URL: www.mec.ca
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Model: Neck Gaiter (Kids')
MSRP: CAD $7.00
Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large
Size Reviewed: Large
Colours Available: Black, Blue Ink
Colour Reviewed: Black
Listed Weight: 15 g (0.5 oz) size Medium
Measured Weight: 14 g (0.5 oz)
Measured Length: 18 cm (7.1 in)
Measured Width: 23 cm (9.0 in)

Description

The MEC Kids’ Neck Gaiter is a lightweight 100% polyester fleece neck gaiter. It has a flat seam running up-and-down along the gaiter, and hemmed top and bottom edges. There is a sewn-on cloth label on the outside of the gaiter, and a set of tags on the inside detailing the size, care instructions, and that it’s made in Canada.

Field Conditions

-30 C (-22 F) and snowing in Montana
Whitefish
I purchased the MEC Neck Gaiter in late 2010. It was put to its first test while skiing on-resort in temperatures of -32 C (-26 F) with windchill down to -45 C (-49 F). Yes, I’m crazy. I kept using it throughout the winter, on more ski days with temperatures down to -35 C (-31 F), and up to -10 C (14 F), a total of 8 days. I also used it on several days backcountry skiing and snowshoeing, at temperatures at the upper end of the range given, for a total of 9 more days and evenings. It has been used on calm, sunny days, as well as windy, snowy days.

Review

First off, I have always hated neck gaiters. I have avoided wearing them under any but the coldest conditions, with the excuses that they were uncomfortable, got cold and wet, and took up so much space inside my collar that then I couldn’t tuck my face in so that I was actually colder. Well, this wonderful, simple piece of gear changed all that. This winter I finally decided that it was time to try something newer than the inherited neck gaiters in my drawer that were older than I was. Figuring that since I have a pretty small head and neck, and I was looking for something less bulky, I decided to go for a kids’ model. I’m hooked.

Comfort & Fit:
I will start by saying that my small head has a circumference of 54 cm (21.25 in). That fits well into the range of sizes for most kids’ hats (and below the range for adult hats), so, naturally, the neck gaiter for kids fit me just fine. It is just snug enough around my nose and cheeks to stay in place while I move, without being binding. When up around my nose it comes just to the collar of my shirt, so it’s long enough to cover my neck, but nothing more. Perfect. This neck gaiter doesn’t bunch up inside my collar and around the base of my neck, so it successfully covers my face and still allows me to tuck my chin inside my collar.

The fleece is extremely soft and comfortable. I don’t know what else to say about that...I would cuddle inside of it all day if I could!

Warmth:
This neck gaiter has successfully kept me frostbite-free through some pretty nasty conditions. On several of the really cold days that I was skiing I had companions with white cheeks, but I escaped the bite. Given that skiing creates its own windchill, that seemed pretty impressive. The gaiter kept my chin, nose, and cheeks warm, as well as the back of my neck up to my hat or helmet.

When it gets damp, the fleece gets frosty and freezes, but I found that my breath was enough to thaw it and even damp it kept me warm. It was easy enough to rotate the gaiter a bit at lunch, or turn it upside down, so that I had a nice dry spot for my face in the afternoon. On that note, the fleece dries quickly. In a warm spot for lunch, the material would usually be almost dry by the time I was warm and fed.

Durability:
The neck gaiter is showing a bit of pilling and has collected some light-coloured fuzz, but otherwise is as good as new. It feels as soft and comfortable as always. There are no loose threads showing.

Summary

I love the MEC Neck Gaiter (Kids’). I never thought I would be a wearer of neck gaiters, and now I can’t wait to put it on. I’m looking forward to it serving me for many winters to come.

Thumbs Up:
Soft
Low bulk
Warm
Still functional when damp

Thumbs Down:
None...?



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