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  Possum Wool Neck Gaiter Natural- 22288


Made in: New Zealand

product code: AC92

Neck gaiter

Natural light brown wool. Wear it on your neck, over your mouth, or as a head-and-ear warmer. It weighs nothing, packs away to nothing, and you’ll find a use for it. Back when we  had these before, about half the people who bought one came back for another two or three. It’s a good, useful, cozy thing.


About a decade before the Civil War, somebody from Australia brought a brushtail possum (we have the scary tooth rat-tailed kind) over to New Zealand, and since there are no predators in New Zealand, there are now, in 2009, more than 70 million of them.

They eat more than 20 tons of vegetation every night of the year, and it’s the good, friendly, native kind of vegetation that provides homes and food for New Zealand’s native wildlife, including the Kiwi. The loss of habitat alone is bad enough, but of course it has the expected consequences on native animals, many of whom are facing extinction now. Even vegan nature lovers would like to see these possums wiped out, but they propagate too fast for that, and so the government has subsidized their “capture” and businesses that make stuff from their supersoft, non-smelly, quite mink-like and warmer than merino wool fluff.

We’ve sold possum wool garments before, and several of the old-timers here still wear them every winter. It stays soft, washes well (don’t dry it), and holds up. It’s 90 percent possum, 10 percent nylon.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 3   Write a review.

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You'll love it March 22, 2014
Reviewer: Pamela Murray from Charlotte, NC United States  
Don't even think twice about the possum neck gaiter.  One of the most useful things I have.  You'll use it all the time and it's so much easier than a scarf and warmer.  Wacky, practical and not found anywhere else.

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Amazingly light and warm October 31, 2011
Reviewer: Ian from San Francisco  
I use this item on all brevets. It is incredibly warm, hugely appreciated while riding at night in temperatures below 45 degrees. It packs down very small. Excellent value for the price.

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Seriously Critical Equipment October 26, 2011
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
It's SUPER WARM.  Stays warm when wet.  Feels better when wet than wool.  Stylish too -- doubles as an ear warmer/headband. Small, light, goes everywhere...stays in the pack 'till it's needed, just like good gear should.

Buy two! I bought a possum neck gaiter more than 5 years ago -- and it ranked as one of my favorite pieces of winter/alpine kit...then...I lost it.  I've been stalking the Rivendell site ever since, hoping they would return...

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