Around here, neck gaiters are considered essential equipment for any fishing trip. Whether it be a few casts from the pier or an all-day deep sea excursion, you just need one. That’s because fishing face masks are one of the best ways to protect your face and neck from UV rays. To help you find the best fishing neck gaiter, continue below as we spotlight our favorite fishing face mask: Rayward Apparel’s lightweight Del Mar UV Neck Gaiter.
UPF 50+ Protection for a Full Day on the Water
The best fishing neck gaiters are made out of UPF rated fabrics, which are proven to block harmful UV rays. Rayward Apparel’s fishing face mask is no exception, featuring UPF 50+ protection that blocks more than 98% of UV rays. This is especially important around the water because UV rays reflect off the water’s surface towards your face and neck. Therefore, when you’re on the water, you need protection from both direct UV rays pouring down from above, and reflected UV rays bouncing off of the sand and surf. Compared to sunscreen SPF ratings, our UPF 50+ rating is essentially the fabric equivalent of SPF 50. The big advantage, however, is not having to reapply UPF fabrics every two hours throughout the day. After all, you’re out there to catch fish, not a sunburn!
Extremely Soft with the Right Amount of Stretch
Another reason we love Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF fishing face mask is because it is extremely soft against your skin, yet features the perfect amount of stretch and flex. This specific blend of synthetic fibers were chosen for their ability to stretch to fit around your neck, over your ears or over your entire head. Best of all, you’ll actually want to wear Rayward Apparel’s fishing face mask because it feels super soft against your face without any unnecessary seams.
Our Best Fishing Neck Gaiter is Lightweight
When you’re out fishing in the warm sun, you might choose heavy tackle, but the last thing you want is a heavy gaiter. Fortunately, Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ fishing face mask is extremely light and breathable. In fact, it’s so lightweight, you might even forget it’s on! It’s easy to both breathe and speak through our best fishing neck gaiter, so you’ll be able to communicate effectively. This is especially important when fishing from a boat where verbal instructions or alerts need to be shared quickly. Therefore, choose a fishing gaiter that checks both boxes for lightweight and breathable performance.
A Detailed, Dependable & Durable Fishing Face Mask
At first glance, or when only viewed online, many of the most popular fishing gaiters look the same. However, when worn and viewed up close, you can really see the difference in the details. For instance, Rayward Apparel’s UPF fishing gaiters have finished seams for a more durable face mask. This gives our seams the strength needed to stretch to fit your needs. At the same time, it also provides a smooth-edged seam that you won’t even notice against your neck and head. Finishing the edges of the closed tube also prevents the ends from curling and unraveling, which can be a problem with inferior alternatives.
Finally, a Truly Versatile Fishing Face Mask
Oftentimes with clothing, especially outdoor performance apparel, less is more. This is certainly the case when it comes to designing versatile fishing face masks. You may have noticed some fishing neck gaiters hyping additional “features” like breathing vents, mesh panels, nose flaps, ear loops and so on. There are two common problems with many of these features. The first is that they can lower the UV protection factor of the gaiter. The second is that they can create weaker sections of fabric that fray and tear. We prefer the simplicity of a single layer of fabric that best performs its main function, protecting your skin.
Another advantage of Rayward Apparel’s streamlined fishing headwear is that you have more freedom in choosing how you want to wear it. The most popular style is to wear the gaiter pulled up to just beneath your eyes, which offers safe UV face protection from your nose and ears down. This is just one of many ways to wear our fishing face mask, however. Other popular techniques include wrapping it around your head as a hat liner, keeping it scrunched loosely around your neck, pulling it entirely over your head like a hood, or twisting it into a beanie. With its simple, closed tube design, you have many more style options available.* That being said, since our fishing neck gaiter is designed for UV protection, we suggest wearing it so as to maximize your sun protection.
How to Get the Best Fishing Neck Gaiter
Rayward Apparel’s UPF 50+ fishing neck gaiter is available now, and available in multiple colors.
Bonus: If you forget to wear your gaiter face mask and end up with a nasty sunburn, here’s a helpful video with some tips for how to treat your sunburn and alleviate the pain. If you only learn one thing, it should be don’t get burned again!
* Rayward Apparel’s fishing face mask is not designed to prevent the spread of disease. While perfect for fishing, these masks have not been tested for their effectiveness at preventing the spread of disease, such as COVID19, and should therefore not be used as an alternative to any approved face masks.