A classic silk scarf should be soft, thin and slippery — so you can wrap one around your neck, close up your jacket and rotate your head and neck all day in draft-free comfort, without chafing. These luxurious 100% natural silk scarves are handmade of a soft, dense weave that’s perfect for riding. No synthetic fiber is warmer, softer, stronger, or more durable.
Silk provides maximum comfort across every temperature range: warm and draft-blocking when cool, and refreshing when worn wetted during hotter conditions. When you’re traveling this durable silk washes perfectly in any sink, too — even with a simple bar of hand soap.
The Standard Scarf model is medium weight silk of sensuous softness, and measures 14"×72". The Competition Scarf model is similar to the standard model but two layers thick, and it is a bit narrower and shorter. It measures 10"×60". Both are premium quality, long lasting pure silk that will keep the wind, rain, dust and snow from blowing down your neck, and will pack away ultra-small inside any pocket.
No other neckwear works this well, or looks this cool.
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Customer Reviews (25)
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- best scarf you'll buyReview by LCL
i tried to purchase the regular scarf, but that was sold out. i read the reviews for both types. i was hesitant about the length of the competition double-layer scarf, based on reviewer concerns. i ordered 2 black competition type scarves to keep or gift away.
i'm happy to report the scarf is fantastic. the length is extremely long, the two layers feel absolutely luxurious. black so i won't see my sweat. keeps cool despite its thickness. i'm in SF where gusting fog not fun, this scarf keeps it off my neck.
please make glove liners like this!!! (Posted on 9/25/15)
- Ogri would be proudReview by Gareth
Ogri (google him) would be proud to wear this iconic scarf on his Black Shaddow...
Super product. (Posted on 8/31/15)
- Luxurious Neck TreatReview by Sjaak
- The Competiton Scarve is just the right length for once-around and loose knot, or tucked in knot-less. I recommend a nice flat spread out overflip at the throat and under the collar. The double layer silk gives just the right thickness to make a compact, extra smooth seal my in my Darien collar and to give coolness when it's warm and warmth when it's cold outside. I wouldn't be without it anymore. (Posted on 9/25/14)
- Competion Silk ScarfReview by Captain Glide
- I have worn the standard silk scarf for over 10 years. It keeps me warm in the winter and cool in summer without bulk. It has a hole (size of a quarter) from a high speed crash. Thought I would step up to the competition version in black. So far, just awesome. (Posted on 7/4/14)
- One's Good two is Better!Review by WRW9751
Bought one of these in black a year ago or so and really liked wearing it. Does a couple of things for me, keeps my neck from chaffing and quiets my helmet down considerably.
Own a white one and a black one!
I kept leaving it in my other suit and missed not having a spare. (Posted on 5/30/14)
- Silk ScarvesReview by Joel
- I have two of these, one standard and one competition and both are excellent. I use the standard in the winter to add a layer between my neck and my stich and use the competition in the summer to keep cool by soaking it in water. The double layer of silk in the competition is excellent for this. (Posted on 5/11/14)
- The best!Review by Ton Up Teddy
- I like to wear a scarf in the winter as a "gasket" around my neck to seal the opening in the top of my coat or jacket. The wool ones that I previously used would stick to the whiskers on my neck and were not very comfortable. This silk scarf is "slippery" and does not stick, but at the same time keeps me quite warm. I'm going to order a couple more to keep in the pockets of other coats. (Posted on 12/18/13)
- Blocks cold wellReview by Michael
- I have now used this scarf on a half-dozen really cold rides, some with ambient temps in the 20s, and I am very impressed. It not only fills the space between jacket and neck but also allows comfortable head-turning. I do wish it was longer but it isn't a deal-killing issue. (Posted on 12/5/13)
- SlickReview by wayne
- Only worn this a few times. But knew from the first I was going to like it! The only time I might have negative to say is I already have to much equipment to keep track of! You will enjoy this though! (Posted on 12/4/13)
- Slick Bargain's better than a sore neck....Review by "Professor" is my Cavalry handle,Kenneth
- When I retired my Aerostitch Two Piece Riding suit, I blacked out the reflective panels to use for tactical wear in my Security Job. I recently returned it to Cyling service after alterations to adjust for 'closet shrinkage'. I knew that wool uniforms were subject to this phenomina but didn't think ripstop would be too. Totally satisfied with service and returned riding suit. I recently ordered the 'black' silk scarf to compliment my black suit. It all looks very chick and is most comfortable. Haven't as yet wind tested but I'm sure I will feel it is a bargain. Thanks for extremely fine quality at affordable prices. Will forward a photo when get one. (Posted on 11/15/13)
- Not quite...Review by Javier
- I had the "regular white" years ago that I loved. So much so that a couple of riding acquaintances ordered theirs after seeing mine. But.... mine mysteriously disappeared.... So I finally ordered what i thought would be bigger and better. The competition black. No so. It is about 8" too short for comfortably double loop it around my neck and have enough left to tuck in. I didn't return it for an exchange because I had used it once. Next time I order something I'll probably include a "regular" length variety. Not as thick, but fits properly. If my memory serves me.... (Posted on 12/18/12)
- You won't be disappointed Review by Rex
- This scarf is well worth the money. It's soft, comfortable and warm. Easy on and off and tucks away nicely into small places. (Posted on 12/12/12)
- Perfect ComplementReview by Chig
- The competition scarf is the perfect complement to my Roadcrafter. As the temps cool, a Parisian knot under the suit and I'm good to go. No drafts down the neck and absolutely no chafing or irritation. And at $30, this thing is a steal. (Posted on 10/31/12)
- Not a foo-foo itemReview by Urban Coyote
- I love these scarves! Yes new they are slippery and will slide right off from the wind unless secured properly I've lost two (it takes me a while, slow learner ).Yes the white gets dirty. But the look and feel of silk is unmatched. I really tuck mine in to my jacket, I don't wipe my dirty oily hands on it and I'm so pleased I give them as gifts. Nuff said (Posted on 8/13/12)
- 7/25/12Review by David
- Received my new Scarf before I left on my 2012 summer trip. I have been wearing a Buff neck gator for many years & miles. At first I was trying to find the best way for me to tie it on & make it comfortable. Once I figured that out WOW, what a great purchase! After 12 days & 3500 miles Im sold. Would buy again in a heart beat. (Posted on 7/25/12)
- Great soaked!Review by Paul
With the toasty weather so far, I've been running my Competition scarf under some water, throwing it in the freezer (for that instant chill as I first walk out to the bike); throwing on my RC or Vanson leathers, wrap-on the chilled scarf, and boom! Silky-smooth evaporap, good for an hour jaunt somewhere!
Can't wait to try in cooler weather! (Posted on 7/11/12)
- Silk ScarfReview by SlabRider
- I was disappointed that the Black scarf was back ordered, but the cheery and prompt substitution of a white scarf kept me happy. (Posted on 6/11/12)
- Comfortable, SimpleReview by mateo
Comfortable and oddly warm for it silkiness. You have to be a real man to pull off a white silk scarf in general company. Good news: Being white gets it dirty real quick.
Couple my chain-grease-stained scarf with a ratty scraped-up dual-sport and I can trick most strangers into thinking that I am that guy. (Posted on 4/13/12)
- waitingReview by Kimmer
- Love my standard weight white scarf;so I am looking forward to receiving Comp weight BLACK (Posted on 12/20/11)
- Silk ScarfReview by Sam
- A great addition to my wardrobe, it's warm and I receive compliments on it all of the time. (Posted on 12/13/11)
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Fundamentals of Evaporative Cooling
In hot environments and when exercising vigorously we all sweat cool ourselves evaporatively. It's very efficient, and if there's any kind of breeze available, as on a motorcycle, this works really well. Popsicles and wet neck wraps are great too, if you have those. The lower the humidity, the better a wetted t shirt or a moist wrap around one's neck works.
Evaporation from even a small wet bandana provides tremendous evaporative cooling to one's entire body. The circulation of blood passing by the evaporative wrap (carotid artery, etc) quickly carries the freshly chilled blood cells to every area of one's body. The effect can be so great one can actually become chilled despite it being a very hot day. It’s the same as putting an ice cube on one's wrist or eating ice cream too fast.
Re-wetting a bandana, neck wrap or silk scarf as needed while on the move is simple if you keep a squirt-type water bottle or water bag handy inside a tank bag or pocket. And for longer days during very hot and dry conditions consider covering yourself entirely with something more protectively windproof than mesh. Any traditional leather or textile outer garment with a few zippered vents will let you manage and achieve a comfortable, healthy, moist microclimate between this gear and your skin — just as nomadic peoples living in desert areas have done for centuries by wearing their traditional loose cotton and silk robes. (Those aren't 'colorful native costumes', but rather functionally highly refined clothing that works. Just like your riding gear.)
Mesh gear is fine for short-distances in these conditions, but during longer exposures the risks of inadvertent dehydration are significant. The tipping point between a healthy fluid balance and heat-stoke can occur quite suddenly, and the consequences may quickly become extremely serious. Even life-threatening in some instances.
Otherwise unexplainable single-vehicle motorcycle accidents sometimes happen on clear hot days because with no warning a rider may simply faint. One suddenly feels very sleepy and a moment later they go unconscious and ride into the ditch and crash at full highway speed, on an otherwise empty road. (Have you ever seen a photograph of a row of soldiers standing stiffly at attention on some parade ground somewhere, on a very hot day, and one of them has suddenly fainted and is lying sprawled on the ground between the others?) If you don’t pay enough attention to your body's cooling needs and fluid requirements on hot days that could happen to you when riding. The danger is real.
Mil-spec 'big H' history...
Silk was so important that its trade probably changed the world history more than any other technology. The famous 'Silk Road' connected Europe to the Far East during the middle ages, and this brought together global knowledge that advanced civilization and helped begin the renaissance.
Strategic military considerations, not demand for fashionable garments, caused the establishment of this trade route. During the middle ages front-line soldiers lived, traveled and fought wearing coarse tunics and outer uniforms. Silk scarves allowed soldiers to close their protective battle (and outdoor survival) garments tightly around their necks without chafing or discomfort, so they could fight better and travel farther. This was a true battlefield advantage.
As recently as World War I this remained so. Early planes and cars were all 'open cockpit'. Soldiers still lived and campaigned outdoors for weeks at a time, and this meant wearing heavy gear. After the war civilian pilots, race car drivers, motorcyclists and movie idols (Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn...) further enshrined silk scarves as garb synonymous with bravery, courage and endurance.
Then airplanes and cars became enclosed and military dress adapted. Soft, slippery scarves became unnecessary. Silk's swashbuckler history and function was not only forgotten, it became a laughable cliché. Something only worn by old men.
The last vestiges of the silk scarf's centuries-long military role evolved into the fashion of men wearing neckties with their sport coats, blazers and business suits. Silk scarves had become decorative neckwear. (Now you know where neckties come from.)
That's sort of a sad ending for such an important habiliment -- except once again riders have rediscovered how great these scarves work when worn with modern riding gear closed tightly around one's neck. Once you've tried wearing one, you'll never look back. Make some history.