Scarves and neckwear

The neck is an often forgotten part of the body to keep warm and is susceptible to wind-chill from poorly fitted clothing.  A scarf can also be used in a myriad of ways beyond the neck, keeping feet warm in sleeping bag, acting as a sling, a makeshift carry and so-forth.  Think about multi-use with this particular piece of clothing.

 

Features to look for:

  • Polyester or wool
  • Multi-purpose

Features to avoid:

  • Anything that is too tight around the neck
  • Cotton in general

Shemagh

For
  • Thick and warm
  • Can be used in many ways, one of the most versatile pieces of clothing
  • Good for sin shield as well as cold
Against
  • Cotton
Stockists and Price
Many online stores sell them for between £10 and £20.  Try to get hold of a proper Shemagh as opposed to a copy as they are thicker and stronger.  Army Surplus shops invariably sell them.

Scarf

For
  • Thick and warm
  • Many uses beyond keeping the neck warm
  • Can be dried easily if it gets wet
  • Wool is the best, but can be expensive
Against
  • Can be a fire risk if loose ends swing into the flames
Stockists and Price
So many varieties to choose from.  Specialist camping shops will tell you that you need an expensive one with clever materials, but in truth a simple wool or polyester one is just fine.  You can pick up something suitable for under £5.  If you want luxury then opt for a merino wool one, but it offers little benefit over its cheaper cousin, unless you are regularly in sub zero temperatures.

Snood

For
  • Cheap
  • Very effective
  • Simple to wear, doesn’t need adjusting all the time
Against
  • Can be a bit constricting
  • Make sure it’s fire retardant
Stockists and Price

Wide variety of prices, and again many technical variants that offer little benefit for the average adventurer.  Prices start at £5 for polyester and £10 for wool from most stockists,  Decathlon have an excellent choice.

Terry’s favourite

“I tend to opt for a simple wool scarf, not too thick or long, just to keep my neck warm in biting winds, apart from that I don’t bother.”

Adrian’s favourite

“I find my Shemagh so useful I take it everywhere and wear it all year round. If it gets really cold then a snood works well for me, with the Shemagh as an extra layer on-top.”