Neckerchiefs, Bandanas, Buffs, Oh My! 6 Ways to Protect Your Neck
The bandana is the original biker’s neckwear. This multi-purpose square of material serves as neck protection against the elements, as well as a face warmer, a disptick rag, goggle cleaner, and much more.
Whether it’s protecting you from debris, the weather,, insects, or the sun, a good bandana is an essential piece of any rider’s gear. Here are six recommendations for great bandanas, neck tubes, scarves, or whatever you want to call it.
RoadRUNNER Seamless Tube
Playing favorites, let’s start with the RoadRUNNER seamless tube. This multi-functional bandana keeps the wind and sun off your sensitive, exposed neck.
Made of 100% polyester, it can double as a hairband, a visor wipe, a sweat towel, and hair net. You can douse it with cold water for summertime cooling or pull it up over your nose and cheeks to stay warm in the cold.
And as a plus, you can proudly display loyalty to your favorite motorcycle publication and fellow readers.
Klim Neck Warmer
Made specifically for cold weather riding, the Klim neck warmer does just that—protects your exposed neck from the sting of cold air. Breathable and with a moisture-wicking polyester fleece material, it features an elastic fabric in flat seam design.
The soft material is non-chafing and wind resistant. The warmer also acts as a sun protector, face wipe, and 100 other things.
One size fits all. Available in black, gray, pink, and hi-viz yellow.
Schampa Old School Bandana
Revisiting the time-honored early days of riding when a colorful bandana accented a white T-shirt and black leather jacket, this simple bandana from Schampa Technical Wear marries an old-school appearance with modern design. A contoured cut makes tying it easier than the traditional square cut and the bandana boasts a liner that mops up sweat.
With a pleasant paisley pattern (available in black, white, gray, red, or pink) it exudes tastefully flashy style. When it’s not around your neck while riding, use it to tie up your hair, wipe down a pool cue, or clean out a glass.
In addition to functioning as a neck protector, this balaclava from Klim features an extension that takes it down over the torso for added warmth. The design fully covers your head and the Gore Windstopper on the bottom portion offer extra protection against the elements.
The top portion covering the face and ears is made of breathable Coolmax, which reduces heat inside your helmet. The four-way-stretching lycra has a thermally mapped panel for enhanced comfort and functionality. The inside collar is fitted with gripper zones to prevent slippage.
Royal Silk Aviator Scarf
If you really want to make an entrance, wrap this royal silk aviator scarf around your neck and tuck it inside your leather jacket, with just the right length left trailing behind. It may not be the easiest to keep clean (hand wash only) but that beautiful white material speaks volumes.
Made from 60-gram satin silk, this imported hand-crafted scarf is double-layered with a fine sheen that exemplifies its quality. Light and supple, the feel is incomparable and provides warmth in colder temps, while staying breathable in warmer climes.
A stylish accessory, the scarf also makes for a hair tie and always looks classy when hanging from around your neck when entering any upscale establishment.
Hot Leathers Neck Warmer
For those who prefer to maintain a continuity of black leather throughout their riding gear, the Hot Leathers Neck Warmer is a perfect accessory. Made of faux leather with fleece lining, this cut and shaped neckpiece fastens easily at the back of the neck with a Velcro closure
A deep, tapered cut of leather generously covers the neck and drapes down over the chest at the jacket opening for a relatively tucked up stance against the elements. The neck warmer is unisex, one size fits all.