The Best Hunting Neck Gaiter (Reviews of 2018)

When the temperatures drop, don’t leave your neck out in the cold on your next hunting trip. A good neck gaiter will do the double duty of not only keeping your neck warm but also of providing odor control, keeping your manly scent from wafting through the breeze and alerting the game of your position.  

But as always, there are a few different neck gaiters out there to choose from, and you might have some choosing the right one. You want to find a neck gaiter that fits well, is warm and thick, but still lets you breathe; most will be made of a polyester fleece. You can choose one that covers just your neck or opt for a more versatile balaclava-style that will cover your ears, face and head. Also keep an eye out for odor and scent-blocking technology, which will help keep bacteria from growing in the fleece and block your scent from alerting animals to your surroundings. 

So let’s take a look at our reviews of the best hunting neck gaiter out there in 2018, and find one that will fit your needs – and neck.


Top 5 Rated Models Comparison Table

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​Gaiter

Odor-blocking?

Weight

Sizes?

Price

 UA Scent Control Neck Gaiter

1. UA Scent Control Neck Gaiter

Yes

Midweight

One Size Fits All

Sitka Gear Neck Gaiter

2. Sitka Gear Neck Gaiter

No

Heavyweight

One Size Fits All

Sitka Core

3. Sitka Core

Yes

Lightweight

One Size Fits All

YourChoice Balaclava

4. YourChoice Balaclava

No

Midweight

One Size Fits All

Heat Factory

5. Heat Factory

No

Heavyweight

One Size Fits All


Reviews of The Best Neck Hunting Gaiters of 2018


#1. Under Armour Men's Scent Control Neck Gaiter

Under Armour Men's Scent Control Neck Gaiter

This super soft and comfy neck gaiter from Under Armor is made from a soft, fuzzy and warm 100% polyester, coupled with Under Armour’s famous ColdGear, keeping your neck warm and insulated from chilly weather all times. It’s got UA Scent Control, which traps and suppresses your body odor to keep animals from detecting it. The fabric is moisture-wicking (Under Armour calls it their Moisture Transport System) and helps sweat evaporate from the body with ease. It comes in one size fits all, and three different camo patterns (Mossy Oak, Realtree, and Realtree Max5).

It’s got all the soft comfort and quality of Under Armour products but does tend to run a little tight on larger necks, with its one size. 


Pros

  • Under Armour ColdGear Insulation
  • Midweight is warm and comfortable, without being too bulky or hot
  • Moisture-wicking
  • UA Scent Control keeps odors trapped in for hunting


Cons

  • One-size fit runs tight on larger people



#2. ​Sitka Gear Neck Gaiter

Sitka Gear Neck Gaiter

The Sitka Neck Gaiter is an extra-thick and warm neck gaiter, lined with a double-thick high-pile fleece, that is soft, burly and extra warm. The design is thinner at the top and thicker at the bottom, which allows it to cover the gap between jacket and neck well, but not be too annoying on the neck where it meets your chin.

That’s pretty much it as far as features, but people love this gaiter. As mentioned, it is super warm and burly and provides an excellent defense against winds and bitter cold, even in the dead of winter. Which means it may be a little too warm for other seasons, and warmer weather. Also, it’s made by Sitka, whom you can always depend on for high-quality outdoor products, and they back it up with their warranty.


Pros

  • Very thick, burly and warm
  • Neck shape/design is comfortable and gives lots of coverage
  • Sitka quality and warranty

Cons

  • May be too warm for shoulder seasons, warmer days




#3. ​Sitka Gear Core Lightweight Optifade Neck Gaiter

Sitka Gear Core Lightweight Optifade Neck Gaiter

The Core Neck Gaiter from Sitka is a lighter alternative to their super-warm gaiter above. It’s thinner, with a lighter insulation, working better for less-bitter cold weather, where you don’t get serious warmth, and for protection from the sun. Polygiene technology uses antimicrobial coating and serves as odor control, blocking them in and preventing the growth of bacteria or fungi that cause the fabric to smell. The micro-grid polyester traps in the heat but allows your neck to breathe.

The Core neck gaiter comes in three patterns – Elevated II, Optifade Open Country and Optifade Subalpine. Optifade combines micro and macro camo patterns and is designed to help a hunter blend in better while in a tree stand, which offers less cover.

This gaiter isn’t as warm as the two above it, but that allows it to be a little more versatile during shoulder seasons; you can wear it when active and when the sun comes out a bit and breathe a bit, without feeling like you’re suffocating yourself in a burly winter gaiter.


Pros

  • Lightweight; breathable; versatile for warmer weather
  • Polygiene Odor-blocking technology
  • Optifade pattern


Cons

  • Not as warm as other gaiters
  • Pricier




#4. ​Your Choice Balaclava

Your Choice Balaclava

For something a little different, and more coverage, look at this balaclava. It’s a full-face mask, that covers everything from your neck to the top of your head (except your eyes, of course). It’s made of a premium thick, toasty poly fleece, that Your Choice guarantees against pilling, fading and deforming, whether through use or through washing. You can pull it over your face, wear it around your neck like a gaiter, or even tie it like a scarf or a bandana, keeping the wind, cold and dust out.

Some problems; it’s not super tight over your face, draping more than hugging it. This means that it tends to move in and out when you breathe. The fleece is warm but too thin to keep the wind out (fleece tends to be like that). Also, many people complain of the chemical stench.


But, it’s very inexpensive – you could buy multiple of these for what you’re paying for the neck gaiters above. It’s not quite as thick, and well-made, but provides enough warmth and versatility for all sorts of winter exploits in addition to hunting – hiking, skiing, snowboarding. So grab one of these if you need full-face protection at a super-low price.


Pros

  • Full face protection, covering ears and head
  • Thick, poly fleece; warm 
  • Inexpensive 


Cons

  • Not tight; loose fit
  • Not the highest-quality




#5. ​Heat Factory​

Heat Factory

This neck gaiter from Heat Factory fills a gap somewhere between balaclava, and plain neck gaiter; it’s designed to come all the way over your face, and cover your ears, without covering the top of your head. This would work well, except that if it is too large for you, it will have a hard time staying up over your ears, instead of falling down by the wayside. It’s made of a soft, double-lined fleece, and adjusts with an elastic cinch strap to stay tight.

Inside, there are pockets meant to hold hand warmer packs, over the ears, chest and the back of your neck, for even more toasty warmth. (It includes two Heat Factory warmers with it). This is a nice, unique touch, and definitely comes in handy for long, bitter cold days.

Only drawbacks? As mentioned, it can fall down and doesn’t stay on your ears easily. It comes in a one-size-fits-all arrangement, but many find this too large; it’s not stretchy, like many neck gaiters, and instead relies on the cinch strap to keep it tight.

But, it’s warm and thick, and the heater pouch pockets are welcome additions. It comes in Black, Blaze Orange, and Mossy Oak.


​Pros

  • Covers face and ears
  • Hand-warmer pouches over ears, chest and back of neck


Cons

  • One-size is too large; tends to fall down



Final Word

All of the neck warmers we’ve reviewed above are great options, and we’re confident one of them will be exactly what you’re looking for. If we have to pick one, we’d opt for the Under Armour Gaiter with scent-blocking; it’s warm and toasty in cold weather while remaining moisture-wicking, breathable, and still light enough for slightly warmer days and changing weather. And the UA Scent Block is welcome to minimize your footprint and remain concealed in the woods.

If you’re looking for serious warmth in cold weather, then you may want to opt for the Sitka Neck Gaiter, which is much thicker, burlier and more insulated, and geared for bitter winter weather and cold winds.

That’s our selection and reviews of the best hunting neck gaiters out there today on the market. Whichever one you go with we guarantee that you’ll be warm and comfortable hunting this winter. See you out there.

Jonny
 

Hunting is something that has been a big part of my family history for generations. Typically every spare weekend I have is spent outdoors either hunting or doing something else adventure related. This site uses my years of knowledge in the field to hopefully help improve the hunting experience of others.

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