A neck gaiter can be one of your most beloved pieces of gear for both warm and cold weather activities… as long as you can keep the darn thing from slipping down. Now, it’s not as if manufacturers of neck gaiters don’t attempt to make their neck gaiters as secure as possible.

Wearers of them know, however, that they can slip down from time to time. But can that problem be fixed and, if it can, how can it be fixed? In other words, how to keep neck gaiter from slipping down your neck is the question we want to look at today. That question is almost as intriguing as the question of whether or not you can comfortably hike in Crocs.

One of the best ways to prevent slipping is to don a hat or cap with your neck gaiter. Of course, that may not be for everyone. In addition to being able to wear one in different ways to help prevent slipping, the material it’s made out of can play a role.

Truth be told, there aren’t too many ways to go about this. Choosing the correct material (and size) is probably the most important, but that can change depending on whether or not you’re using your neck gaiter in the summer or winter.

In the winter, of course, it’s going to be easier to couple it with a winter hat as your goal is going to be to stay warm anyways. Regardless, we want to look at this more in-depth, starting with the aforementioned hat or cap trick.

How to keep a neck gaiter from slipping using either a hat or baseball cap

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The best aspect of this helpful method is the fact that it can be used in both the summer and the winter. One can help to block the sun in the summer (among other uses) and help to keep you warm in the winter. However, not too many people are going to want to wear an actual hat (not a baseball cap) during the summer.

So, it’s great that this method can work with both a winter hat and baseball cap to suit both climates. Anyway, here’s how it’s going to work:

  • To start, pull your neck gaiter over your head and chin.
  • Allow the top section to sit toward the back of your head.
  • Now, take either a winter hat or baseball cap (or any other piece of headwear that’s going to serve the same function) and ensure that it fits snugly over the fabric of the neck gaiter (toward the back).

That last tidbit of information is important as, quite frankly, you can use whatever piece of headwear that you want as long as it properly locks the neck gaiter into place. That’s the main point of this “hack,” after all.

How to keep neck gaiter from slipping with some other possible methods

Getting creative can allow you to come up with different solutions. However, the ones listed below may be a little too unorthodox for many of you. Either way, they’re methods you can employ to help with this issue:

  • Folding in the top of the neck gaiter (the part that sits on your nose until it reaches your chin) can provide additional friction to help prevent the fabric from slipping.
  • Using either a ribbon or elastic band, you can tightly pinch the neck gaiter behind your head to make a little bundle. However, the back of your head may look a little silly.

Material and size are two important factors to remember

It’s not as if all neck gaiters are made the same so one might have an issue of slipping more commonly than another one. Two important factors to keep in mind when trying to avoid this problem are the material (or materials) it’s made out of and its overall size.

Let’s first talk about materials. Generally speaking, the gaiters that are quite stretchy are going to be more likely to stay on your face better. Gaiters made from stretchy synthetics (such as spandex and polyester) will oftentimes be made for hot weather use as they’ll have fast-drying and moisture-wicking capabilities.

Meanwhile, winter gaiters, given that they’ll be designed to keep you warm, will oftentimes be made of materials such as fleece and wool for warmth. Remember, though, winter neck gaiters should never be an issue as 9 times out of 10 (more like 99 times out of 100), you’re going to want to couple them with a winter hat for additional warmth and protection.

Plus, they can make a great addition to your skiing wardrobe and can be a part of the layering process that you choose.

Don’t forget about the size too. In fact, it’s one of the most vital areas to remember when trying to figure out how to keep neck gaiter from slipping. Now, some gaiters will be one-size-fits-all so there’s not much you’re going to be able to do with those.

Not all gaiters will be like this, however, and, in general, keep in mind that if a gaiter is too tight around your face, there’s going to be more of a likelihood of it slipping. A gaiter that’s too loose can also have the same issue, so it’s best to find one that fits just right.

When shopping for a neck gaiter, all we can say is look through customer reviews to see what the mass consumer base has to say about how a specific one fits. It’s not as if you can just try it on and put it back on the shelf, after all.

Other ways to wear a neck gaiter that can also help it from slipping

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One of the many reasons why people love neck gaiters is due to their versatility. They can be worn and used in many different ways. Ironically, many additional ways can also assist in the issue of them slipping down your face from time to time.

Crazily enough, there are a few ways how to keep neck gaiter from slipping that involve wearing one outside of the way it was intended. And, overall, there are many ways to wear one.

Option 1: Wear one as a headband

Wearing a neck gaiter as a headband is more than likely going to be a summertime occurrence. After all, a sports headband is going to keep the sweat dripping off of your forehead away from your eyes. In any event, wearing a neck gaiter in this fashion should see no slipping issues.

The most casual way to pull this off is to just scrunch up the neck gaiter at your desired width. Then, just put the gaiter over your head like a crown. It’s really that easy.

Option 2: Wear one as a beanie

While this can be an option for aesthetics only, this can also transform your gaiter into a beanie that can be effectively used for a variety of tasks from warehouse packing to food preparation. Then again, you could also wear your gaiter as a beanie for fashion purposes.

Regardless, this is one of the ways to achieve this:

  • Turn your gaiter inside out and pull it over your head completely.
  • Twist the sleeve twice, and then presume to fold back the right way round.
  • To finish, pull the rest of the material over your head (you can adjust accordingly to get the look you want).

Option 3: Wear one as a sun guard

One of the primary reasons why users wear neck gaiters is to help block the sun. So, wearing one as a sun guard isn’t exactly uncommon. In this instance, you could simply wear the gaiter around your neck to help prevent sunburning. Most of us know how painful a sunburn can be on the back of the neck.

Paired with a baseball cap (which is the method we’ve already talked about above) can then allow you to wear the gaiter over the back of your head to have little to no concern about slippage. But you can also effectively use your gaiter as a sun guard by just wrapping it around your neck.

Final thoughts

If we were to drive home the three most important things to take away from this post, it would be the following:

  1. The materials of a neck gaiter will affect how well the gaiter stays up. Stretchy gaiters designed for summer use tend to be better in this aspect.
  2. Slipping issues can be caused by wearing a neck gaiter that’s either too small or too big for your head.
  3. Probably the best way to prevent slipping is to pair the gaiter with either a baseball cap or winter hat as either one of those pieces of headwear will “lock” the gaiter into place.

When it comes to figuring out how to keep neck gaiter from slipping, the above three points of interest are the most important to keep in mind. And we apologize if you came here looking for 20 different ways to help with the problem.

The reality is there’s only so much you can do with a gaiter that doesn’t fit you right and with one that has more of a tendency of slipping due to the materials. However, you can also get creative as you might be able to come up with a unique solution that wasn’t included on here.

We didn’t make too much mention of it but the activity you use your neck gaiter for could also play a role. For example, if you were to wear one while kayaking, you might not have too many problems given the lack of head motion. Speaking of kayaking, have you ever wondered what the different parts of a kayak are called? Wonder no more!