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 (40)
- Silk tieReview by FinkFarm
- While riding in the cooler/colder days I would always catch a draft at my neck, wrists, ankles, etc. I ordered this to eliminate the draft at the neck area. Not only does it do that, but the jacket I wear (non aerostitch) is rough at the neck. It protects my neck skin from these rough areas of the jacket, and stops any drafts. Carry it with me all the time now. Don't know about the summer cooling of it when wet, but look forward to trying it this coming summer. (Posted on 12/3/16)
- Welcome gear additionReview by Rick K1200RS
Executive summary: Two thumbs up!
I dithered back and forth on dropping $27 for a silk scarf. I'm very glad I placed the order! In warm weather, it's a good way to ride with the jacket zipper opened a bit without worrying about bugs scooped into the jacket (it's happened!). In cooler weather, it keeps cold air blowing into the jacket. And, of course, it makes a smooth surface against my neck instead of a now-pilling jacket color. I worried about the length until I just doubled the scarf to make it shorter, wrapped it around my neck, and stuffed the tail through the loop formed from doubling the scarf. (Posted on 6/24/16)
- Serves 3 important purposesReview by WillieB
My Aerostich Std. Silk Scarf has three important purposes: 1.) Here in Upstate NY it works like a packing to seal out uncomfortable air leaks. 2.) The slipperiness of silk is like a lubricant between jacket and neck thereby improving visibility. 3.) It makes me look awesome!
Increased comfort, safety and good looks, who couldn't use a little (a lot?) more of that? (Posted on 10/31/14)
- Practical & Comfortable Review by Michael
All season, all purpose, and all right! Reminds of the race between the two silk worms, it ended in a tie.
Good choice for everyone. (Posted on 8/27/14)
- yet another good productReview by David
- Got it just in time for a three day trip through the mountains. It was hot and dusty during the days, cold at night and the scarf was so comfortable I don't think I ever took it off, even slept with it on. Its a great interface between you and an unlined jacket. But the toughs on the chrome cruisers don't wave at ya!? (Posted on 7/4/14)
- Perfect!Review by Tom
- Gave this scarf to myself as a present, but honestly had a few doubts about using it. I'm a convert! It's warm when it needs to be, and cool when it needs to be. After my riding buddies stopped giving me sh!t about wearing it, I think they've become a bit jealous of my newfound comfort and style. Go ahead! Get one! You'll LOVE the way it works. Looks pretty cool, too! (Posted on 1/6/14)
- Works greatReview by The last edition
- Works great with the wifes mink vest. (Posted on 12/29/13)
- Great ScarfReview by Keith
- Couldn't have received this scarf at a better time. It is -15 this morning and the scarf kept all of the drafts from coming down my jacket. It also fits great under my jacket not like those bulky wool and synthetic scarfs. Shipping was fast too. Another great product from a great company. Thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all at Aerostich. (Posted on 12/24/13)
- Quality productsReview 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)
- Had my doubts...Review by BajaRambler
- I put the scarf on when it arrived in the mail, I made a loop out of it and then like a big slipknot put it over my head. I looked like Prince. Man, I thought, what the heck did I just do- I AM NOT going to use this thing. Flash forward two days and I'm flying past Las Vegas into Arizona and Utah- NOW it all makes sense: No back of the neck sunburn and a nice, silky, smooth, cool wrap around my neck keeping me all chafe free. Wow- this and my sheepskin butt pad became my favorite bike farkles on that 7 day, 2100 mile trip. I'm sold- and you should be too. (Posted on 10/15/13)
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Fundamentals of Evaporative Cooling
We all sweat to cool ourselves evaporatively in hot environments, and when exercising vigorously. It's very efficient, and if there is any kind of breeze available, as on any moving motorcycle, this works really well. Popsicles help chill you from the inside out, and a wet neck wrap is good too, if you have one. The lower the humidity, the better a wetted t shirt or a moist wrap around one's neck works.
On a motorcycle the evaporation from even a small wet bandana provides tremendous evaporative cooling to one's entire body. The circulation of blood passing the evaporative wrap (via your carotid artery, etc) quickly carries the freshly chilled blood to every area of one's body. This 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 directly on one's wrist, or eating ice cream too fast.
Re-wetting a bandana, neck wrap or silk scarf while on the move is simple if you keep a squirt-type water bottle or water bag handy inside a tank bag or jacket 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 the gear and your skin, which is just as nomadic peoples living in desert areas have done for centuries by wearing their traditional long, loose robes.(Those aren't 'colorful native costumes', but rather highly refined functionally clothing that works. Just like your riding gear.)
Mesh gear is ok for short-distances in high-temp conditions, but during longer exposures the risk of inadvertent dehydration is significant. A tipping point between a healthy fluid balance and heat-stoke may be reached quite unexpectedly, and consequences can quickly become extremely serious…Even life-threatening in some instances.
For example, sometimes otherwise unexplainable single-vehicle motorcycle accidents happen on clear hot days because with little or no warning a rider may simply faint. When this happens one suddenly feels very sleepy and a moment later they go unconscious and crash at speed on an otherwise empty road. (Have you ever seen a photograph of a row of soldiers standing stiffly at attention on some military 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 such a worst-case scenario may happen to you. This 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.