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#1567 Competition & #1549 Standard Silk Scarf

Aerostich Competition Silk Scarves #1567-1568

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scarf Review by Ian
from time to time I get a bit of rubbing around the neck area from my jacket so I thought I would have a crack at one of these scarves.
Brilliant. Not only does it help with movement free chaff but it keeps the cold out a tad more.
Haven't tried it for cooling yet but will do in a month or two (Posted on 10/6/11)
Silk scarves are sexy, but... Review by Crotchety Geezer
This is not a review of this specific product, but of silk scarves in general. I've used one since the '70's and they are a very classy option but...

They show oil and grease, and when you fettle your own ride, you inevitably end up with oily fingers, which transfer oil to your beautiful silk scarf like iron filings to a magnet and in turn migrates to your neck, shirt collar, leather jacket, etc. While black silk doesn't show the grease too much, it doesn't stop this happening either.

Silk scarves are smooth and slippery and comfortable and much nicer against the skin than crusty nylon or stiff leather, but their very slipperiness means that as you ride the passing breeze tends to tease the scarf out from around your neck and it will have a tendency to fly down to the tarmac behind you. If you tie them in a knot, then they tighten up and become more like a rope than a sheet of cloth, thus no longer protecting your sunburnt neck.

So my advice is: don't work on your bike while wearing your scarf, or if you do use gloves to keep your hands clean; and get a clip of some kind to keep your scarf fixed where you want it, otherwise it will fly away.

(P.S. don't fight the tendency to make "whoosh" and "zoom" noises while wearing a white silk scarf: they bring out the inner fighter pilot in us all.) (Posted on 9/20/11)

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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.

- Mr Subjective, 12-29-13

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