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2019 Summer Buyer's Guide

The Best Neckwear of 2019

Buffs and bandanas aren’t exactly essential running gear for most people, but they’re handy workhorses that mop sweat, keep hair back, and perform a dozen other functions in a pinch

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Orvis OutSmart Insect Shield ($18)

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If you’re battling bugs, grab the Orvis OutSmart Insect Shield. It’s infused with permethrin to fend off pesky mosquitos and ticks through at least 70 washes. Tie it around your neck or head and hit the road or trail without fear.

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Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf Rulu ($48)

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If you’re looking for a cozy jack-of-all-trades to serve you during warm-ups and cooldowns, the oversize Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf Rulu can be worn seven different ways—from an infinity cowl to a shrug—via snaps on the short edges. It’s pricey, but the materials and construction make it a worthy investment.

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Sugar­Sky National Park ($26)

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Want to look jazzy while you’re getting after it? The Sugar­Sky National Park shows off your public-lands love while doing a solid for the earth—it’s made from recycled plastic bottles, plus spandex for a little stretch.

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Buff Lightweight Merino Wool ($32)

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Of course, it’s not always sunny out, and in variable conditions there’s little a tube can’t handle. The classic Buff Lightweight Merino Wool wicks moisture like a champion, and we love using ours as a headband.

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United by Blue Go with the Flow ($12)

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United by Blue’s Go with the Flow might look like basic head gear, but it’s 100 percent organic and entails a benevolent deed: for each one sold, United by Blue will remove a pound of trash from our oceans and waterways.

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Skida Tour ($20)

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Skida’s Tour is designed for high-altitude pursuits, with light insulation to keep your neck or head toasty and an anti­microbial treatment that helps it stay fresh on big days.

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From Summer 2019 Buyer's Guide
Filed To: Clothing and ApparelRunningWeather
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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The 2019 Summer Buyer's Guide