Essential Winter Gear: Minus33 Beanie & Neck Gaiter


The Minus33 beanie and neck gaiter are by far two of my most essential winter pieces for staying warm.

They’re made of quality Merino wool which is a fabulous material. I find it to be an especially great material for keeping my extremities happy – aka warm and dry – in the winter. My gloves, beanie, socks, and neck gaiter are all constructed from it. It’s actually a choice material for any season due to it’s diverse properties. Here’s a brief breakdown of Merino Wool’s benefits:

  • Moisture Management – It’s extremely efficient at absorbing and desorbing moisture. It can absorb up to 35% of it’s weight. Basically what this translates to is that you’re able to breathe into it – if it were a scarf or gaiter – and sweat into it without it feeling damp or sticky.
  • Odor Resistant – Merino wool’s chemical structure actually allows it to lock in unpleasant odors that won’t be released until you wash it next. Going back to moisture absorption, less sweat also means less odor.
  • Adaptive to Temperature – Merino wool is adaptive to temperature change meaning that it will help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Soft and Breathable – It’s a misconception that wool is itchy, this all depends on the type and quality of wool. You’ve heard of cashmere, right? That’s wool. I’m pretty certain no one would ever say that cashmere is itchy. Higher quality of wool will have more fine, complex fibers.
  • Stain and Static Resistant – Being that merino wool absorbs moisture it tends to not generate static. This means it’s also less prone to collecting dust. On top of this, there’s a protective outer layer that repels stains – Though stain resistant, it is not stain proof.

Above are just a sample of bullet points conveying Merino Wool’s benefits

There are plenty more benefits of wool that I could detail but I’ll leave the further complexities to be explained by the wool companies themselves. I just wanted to pinpoint some that are big selling points for myself. These are all especially useful attributes for a material to have if you plan on traveling long term and wearing the material across varied climates.

So, in closing, the Minus33 Merino wool beanie and neck gaiter were even better than I expected them to be. I’ve worn them almost everyday for the past few months to which they’ve held up splendidly. They offer the benefits listed above along and keep me warm while being lightweight. Both the beanie and gaiter are 100% 18.5 Micron Merino Wool 230 g/m2 interlock knit construction with flatlock seams. The both weigh 2.4 oz. (68 grams) and have a  UPF Rating of 50+. Click here the video above to watch my review on Youtube. Here are Amazon links to the Beanie and Neck Gaiter should you choose to purchase them.


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