Neck Gaiter –
As early season temperatures have passed for Northern duck hunters. We can no longer stay out in the duck blind expecting to stay warm enough in the 20-30° weather. Therefore I always start pulling out my late season jackets, pants, hat, and gloves. However, one thing that is for sure to be worn on those cold duck hunting mornings is a neck gaiter. It’s not something I wear early season, but when the temperatures drop a neck gaiter keeps my face and neck warm. Neck gaiters help keep you extremely warm and prevent your face from feeling dry and wind burned after a long morning’s hunt.
I’m not sure if you’re like me, but for some reason every year I get to late season duck hunting and need my gloves, hat and neck gaiter and for some reason can’t find them. Therefore in a bind, have to go out and buy a new neck gaiter. So to save other duck hunters from having to find the best neck gaiter for duck hunting. I have had the opportunity of testing out a few different neck gaiters and I want to share with you which ones are the best and why.
With that said this list is unbiased as we aren’t paid by these companies but rather I’ve tested them by trying a new one almost every season.
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Sizing: How well do the gaiters fit around your neck.
Comfort: What type of material construction.
Versatility: At what temperatures can you use the neck gaiter.
Value: Gaiters should have a fair cost to consumers.
Best Neck Gaiter For Duck Hunting
Notes: Under Armour is one of the best sporting outerwear companies to exist. They don’t solely make hunting clothing and gear but rather it’s an add-on to their long list of outerwear lines. So the positive to this is that the material they use in their neck gaiter is the staple Under Armour breathable and sweat-wicking design. This is really nice when you create moisture while breathing in it all day. The storm neck gaiter is the thinnest neck gaiter. Therefore packing it in a pocket is a lot easier than the thicker fleece ones. The drawback I have here is that Under Armour doesn’t always have a lot of patterns to choose from. Surprisingly this neck gaiter is pretty economical and won’t break the bank when purchasing this one.
TOTAL SCORE: 35/40
Sitka Hunting Gear and Neck Gaiter –
Notes: Sitka hands down makes some of the best hunting gear. However, they started in the big game industry and have recently indulged into the waterfowl world. You might also know that Sitka doesn’t come cheap. Their gear comes at one of the highest price points around. Their quality and craftsmanship sure does show through. Sitka’s neck gaiter is by far the warmest out of any gaiter I’ve worn. It’s the best for temperatures below freezing. It’s actually pretty easy to sweat with this gaiter it’s so warm. Even when the wind picks up the material blocks the wind from cutting through much better than fleece does. Which makes for a perfect neck gaiter for duck hunting.
TOTAL SCORE: 37/40
Notes: Drake waterfowl has been around since 2002 and really pioneered the need for quality waterfowl hunting gear. Drake originates in the Delta and they know how to create versatile gear. The construction of Drake’s gaiter is very similar to Banded. The difference really lands in the pattern and the cost. Drake’s gaiter is the cheapest out of all of these. Even though it is the cheapest it still does a fantastic job of keeping you warm. Drake’s gaiter won’t be as warm in windy and cold conditions. However, if you’re like me and lost of few of these they won’t break the bank.
TOTAL SCORE: 34/40
Banded UFS Fleece Neck Gaiter
Notes: Banded has quickly become a staple brand in waterfowl gear. They have grown fast by purchasing Avery Outdoors and received recognition for their breathable and comfortable waders. Banded product development has created a pretty simple, but warm fleece neck gaiter. It’s designed to be slide over your head and worn around the neck and face. Designed with an oval top edge so that you can cover your ears while wearing it. This does come in handy if you are just wearing a baseball cap instead of a winter beanie. An elastic drawstring on the top rim of the gaiter can be tightened to adjust to different sizes.
TOTAL SCORE: 34/40
Hopefully, after reading this article, you can find the best neck gaiter for duck hunting that will fit your budget and keep you warm this late season. Also If you are looking for a hat to match your gaiter check out my Top 5 Duck Hunting Hats.