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A neck gaiter, also known as a neck warmer or a buff, is an article of clothing worn about the neck for warmth. It is a closed tube of fabric, often thick fleece, merino wool, synthetic wicking, or knit material, which is slipped on and off over the head. It can also be pulled up over the mouth to keep out wind and sand. Some balaclavas have a thin hood attached to what is essentially a neck gaiter; these are commonly known as shellaclavas.
Commonly considered to have been invented in 1982 by Millie Merrill in Stowe, Vermont.
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