Outdoor Vitals Merino Wool Neck Gaiters

When we started working with NuYarn to develop this neck gaiter, we wanted to make sure it was not just another face covering. Unique designs on both the Full Neck Gaiter and Mini Neck Gaiter give you a product that can do more and do a better job at it!

Technical products all start with the materials you put in them and the Neck Gaiters have the best of the best. Ultralight merino wool keeps things light, while still keep you warm. This merino wool gives you maximum comfort against skin for any adventure!

The Full Neck Gaiter has a unique sloped cut on one end that allows you to tuck it underneath a hat while still covering your nose. This cut reduces any instances where a traditional neck gaiter might slide down by accident.

The Mini Neck Gaiter's unique design utilizes a natural stretch fit to help block dust or cold. Additionally, a double layer of merino wool (MINI GAITER ONLY) is built into the gaiter in front of your nose and mouth for increased protection.

2 oz (Size Mini)


Sloped cut on Full Neck Gaiter enables you to tuck the gaiter in a hat or have additional coverage around your neck.

Use as a neck gaiter, headband, scarf, bandana, face mask, buff, and ear covering!

The Mini Neck Gaiter utilizes an natural stretch fit design to block more dust or cold, and is also double layered in front of your nose and mouth for increased protection!

Merino wool has built-in bacteria resistant properties, reducing odor and helping you enjoy being around yourself on the trail!

125g Merino Wool by NuYarn gives you an ultralight product with incredible comfort against your skin and built-in odor control


  • Fabric: 85% Merino, 15% Nylon
  • Fabric Weight: 125 GSM
  • Color: Blue, Charcoal, Tundra
  • Mini Dimensions: 17.5 inches diameter, 7 inch height (at widest point)
  • Regular Dimensions: 22 inch top diameter (curved end), 19 inch diameter (bottom flat end), 15 inch height
  • PFAS free
  • Warranty: Outdoor Vitals Performance Promise

Cleaning: Machine wash cold, use wool wash or mild detergent, air-dry

Layering Collection: Kinetic

Layering Category: Moving Set or Baselayers

Product Care

Your Wool layer is a high performance piece of gear. It needs some extra attention to keep it performing at the highest level.

Please read through the care instructions below to ensure that you care for it properly:

Before Washing

  • Never wash your wool with anything with velcro or similar hook & loop characteristics.
  • Never wash your wool in a washing machine that has an agitator.
  • If your wool layer has a zipper, please zip it up completely to prevent it from snagging during the washing process.
  • If you cannot follow any of these prior instructions you should hand wash your product using the detergent and drying process described below.

The Wash & Dry Process

  1. Use a mild detergent like Dreft (for babies) or Nikwax (for technical gear).
  2. Choose Low Spin or Delicate wash.
  3. Choose Cold Wash & Cold Rinse (add extra rinse if possible).
  4. Hang dry until the product is completely dry.

For more information on caring for your gear please visit https://outdoorvitals.com/pages/care-guide-faq


Nuyarn® Technology

Outdoor vitals uses Nuyarn­­® Technology in all of our merino wool fabrics & apparel. Nuyarn® is a spinning technology that releases the natural performance characteristics of wool fiber that are otherwise twisted out by traditional wool spinning methods. 

Essentially the result is performance products made from natural fibers that can outperform synthetics. 

Nuyarn® can make wook that performs as closely as possible to the way it does in nature, to rival or exceed the performance of synthetic alternatives. 

Types of Spinning

 Ring Spun & Traditional Core Spun techniques compress the natural air pockets in the fiber, create loops, & restrict the natural movement of the fibers -essentially creating a rope-like structure that can be itchy next to skin. 

Nuyarn® does not twist the fibers. Instead it drafts merino fibers along a high performance filament, resulting in 2 ply yarns with much more volume & aeration.  (This 2 ply yarn structure is 35% finer than yarns spun on a conventional ring frame. Combined with the Nuyarn® thermal advantage, this offers the capacity to engineer much lighter, high performance fabrics as a result.)

Benefit Summary

The Nuyarn® method of twist-free spinning allows us to create products that outperform traditional merino wool & synthetics, and offer a natural enhancer to athletic performance. 

  • 5x Faster Drying
  • 85% More Elasticity
  • 120% More Seam Strength
  • 53% More Air Resistant
  • 30% Less Resources Used
  • 8.8x More Durable
  • 35% More Thermal Retention
  • 50% More Burst Strength
  • 25% Less Energy Used


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Customer Reviews

Based on 57 reviews
Dennis Stevens
Light weight, really like it

Used this on a hike where temps were around 32 degrees, moving, still sweating and this helped keep my ears warm and still able to ventilate my head. Nice little bit of wool.

Sweating this out.

I ordered two items and OV got this right. Good piece and absorbs sweat and keep warmth in.
I sure would like to have that Large hoody rather than xsmall shirt as my order. Mailed it back close to 3 weeks ago.

Mike Blanda (Yes We Can Outdoors)
Multi use

I used this around my forehead during backpacking to help manage the sweat. I used it to wash and rinse off in the creek as a small scrubber AND I used this at night to keep the chill bite off a little in my OV quilt. Definitely see this is many uses than just a gator. Great product! Dried so so fast

Richard Dalton
I didn’t read the fine print

The mini neck gator is very comfortable and protects the nose and mouth but does little for my neck. In my haste, I looked at the first picture, and 11 others, and thought I was ordering a normal multifunctional neck gator. The one picture showing the Mini gator appeared to me to just be the larger gator folded. The two are very different products with different uses.

Linda Johnson
Great design

Soft, light, warm and perfect fit. Will look for Nayarit in other OV products.