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Freezer Zero™ Neck Gaiter


http://www.columbia.com/freezer-zero-neck-gaiter-CU9504.html CU9504
$19.90 $30.00
Style# 1496001
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Uses: Water, Fishing
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product Fits Slightly Small


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Style# 1496001
Uses Water, Fishing


Like its cousin the Freezer Zero Bandana, this Omni-Freeze® ZERO neck gaiter is the ultimate cooling accessory—with sweat-activated cooling technology, which reacts with sweat to lower the temperature of the material. Built-in UPF 50 seals out UV rays for supreme protection from the sun.

  • Omni-Freeze ZERO fabrication lowers the material’s temperature
  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 provides premium protection from the sun
  • Imported

  • Omni-Freeze ZERO, Omni-Shade 92% polyester/8% elastane
Omni-Freeze™ ZERO
Sweat-Activated Cooling
Sun Protection

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Omni-Freeze™ ZERO
Blue rings react with sweat to lower the temperature of the fabric, so you feel cooler.
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Blocks UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage.


Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 57 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent for added sun protection! Great addition to wearing a cap for ultimate sun protection! September 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by What a difference I've used a lot of different gaiters over the years; but going forward, Columbia Zero Gaiters are the only brand I will wear on the water. These gaiters are comfortable, extremely cool, and keeps me protected. Keep up the good work Columbia! September 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Freezer Zero Neck Gaitor Much more comfortable than other buffs I have used in the Texas Coastal heat and humidity September 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Works great. Very versatile. This neck gaiter keeps the sun off the front and back of my neck in places where my sun hat just can't cover. I actually feel cooler wearing it, thanks to the Freezer Zero technology. And if I need to, I can cover and protect most of my face while just wearing a golf hat. Great product! September 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for hot, humid travel This was a last minute purchase for a two-week European land/cruise vacation. I had planned on taking a cap for shade, but many bloggers recommended a buff or neck gaiter, I found this one and liked the cooling effect design and the price so I decided to order it. I am glad I did! I found that the multiple ways to wear this were a major convenience and the cooling effect was awesome. I would literally wet this with tap water in the morning before leaving the room and would re-wet a few time during the day. I found that simply readjusting it on my head during wear would seem to reactivate the cooling effect as long as it was still damp. When I didn't want to wear it, I would double it up on my wrist and it was good for wiping the sweat from my brow. Definitely one of the better comfort purchases I made for my trip. Highly recommended! September 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome! This thing is amazing! I used it today in Florida fishing on the Intra Coastal in 100+° temperatures and it kept my neck cool. It actually made it half way bearable being outside in this Florida heat. Once I wet it, I rang a little water out and left it pretty wet. The water temperature is in the upper 80s.... once I put it on the seabreeze kept it cool on my neck. It was amazing how cool it felt. It lasted for about an hour until I had to dunk it again. It is pretty awesome how it works! Highly recommend this! You won't be disappointed! August 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by they've changed this product. I had previously bought this product and it was the only comfortable neck gaiter I'd found. So I bought two more. But they have changed it. It is narrower and the fabric isn't as soft. It is still a good product, but they have taken a step backward. August 21, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by did not meet expectations Main Complaint #1 - it has seams. this is NOT a solid tube of fabric. The seam that makes it a tube is flat, but it's still there. The ends are folded under and have flat seams also. this added to the discomfort. I have a habit of cutting my tube headbands in half. I am pretty sure I'll ruin this one if I attempt to half it, so it'll stay whole. Which results in too much fabric around my neck/head. Main Complaint #2 - too small - I am female and do not have a large head; this gave me a headache when worn as a headband. The fabric does not have adequate give - may be too large on some, was too small on me. This is sold as a gaiter, and would probably be ok for that use. August 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Runs smaller than the last one So I like this particular product a lot, having purchased one in the past. I thought, great, cool color scheme (red white and blue). However, it fits far more snugly than the last one I purchased 6 months ago. Not sure if they switched manufacturers or if they made them smaller by accident and hence why it was on sale. Regardless, it works fine and isn't as tight as some other ones I have purchased from other companies so that's good. Just bear in mind, if you already have an older one, this may annoy you that it's tighter. Overall, it stretches fine over my hat when we're running ocean, and stretches fine when wet, so it is what it is. Enjoy! August 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gait or keeps sun off of face and neck The product keeps the sun off of your face and neck. It kept me cooler. August 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great neck gaitor! I'am out in the sun every day and this neck gaitor is just great. I find if I keep the sun off my neck I feel much better. August 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great sun protection I used this everyday on a 70 mile canoe trip. It was awesome to cover up without lathering sunscreen. It also helped keep me cool when I would get it wet. I had not quality issues with it. All seams held tight. August 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Just what I wanted and it worked out great, may order another July 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Saved the day My wife and I each bought the Frezzer Zero Neck Gator for out trip to Italy during a heat wave. This item worked like a charm. It was comfortable and helped us keep cooler and protected us from the sun. This is a terrific item and will be a permanent part of my outdoor gear. July 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zero Neck Gaiter Product is pricey but worked for me. I wore it for 6 hours out door where temperature index was in the mid 90s. It kept the mosquitoes off my neck. The material is light weight and helps keep you cool. Don't know how durable the material is since I only wore it once. July 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Must have sun gear I bike, hike, and walk in the extreme desert heat iof Arizona. It keeps you significantly cooler and protects your neck and head from the sun, and possible skin cancer. It can be bunched or folded over to cover and cool your neck, it's long enough to pull over and cover your head and ears, for extreme heat conditions. I love it! July 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Works if you sweat a lot This does help cool you if you sweat a lot. I do so it does help. if it is not hot enough for your sweat a lot then it does make the area warmer. On a fun side, you can look like a blue man if you pull it up over you neck. IT also makes a funky hat. It help keep my bald head protected from the sun. Not a five start since it d0oes not help when yo uare not sweating. July 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product I have used many different types of these neck gaiters and I have to say that this one beats them all. It has the comfortable and coolest material that I have tried. I am a offshore charter boat captain on the west coast of Florida working 5-6 days a week, these sure help keeping the sun off my neck. Capt. Che' Ruble July 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great!! Work construction in So Cal in very hot conditions. Wet the gaitor and keeps me a lot cooler, love that it protects neck from sun. July 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product This is a great product for the sun. July 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome gaiter! I like this product. It is extremely functional and versatile. It fits snug when tide around my large head (size 7 and 7/8 hat), otherwise 5 stars. Wicks sweat away fast (much better than cotton) and keeps me cool. What else could you ask for? June 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product has great features. Trying to be proactive and suntan lotion is not my thing. This product performs as stated. May 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best on narket I recommend this over any other brand of face/neck protection. May 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by great product I needed something to block sunlight off my neck, face and ears. I ordered this one and so far its been great. The only complaint I have is the tag is very uncomfortable and annoying. I know I can just cut it off, but I didn't want to. I don't know how good it is in direct sunlight for hours yet. I have only used it for about 30 minutes in the sun so far. Very comfortable, minus the tag. April 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by protection from the elements I am an avid wearer of the Neck Gaiter. To me it is a tool for my profession as a guide on the water over 250 days a year. As a survivor two times having Melanoma it is number 1 for my choice to cover up. Even when it is close to 100 degrees you never overheat wearing it. The other reason is for those very early mornings when the no seeums and mosquitoes are at there worst. I never leave home without it. April 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by great feel Unlike similar products this one feels great and keeps you cool! February 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Can breath in cold air I suffer from Angina, a heart function that limits oxygen to the heart. It hurts to breath in cold air in the winter. I use this product as a mouth cover while driving my boat or walking in the cold. It works. December 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cool when it is hot! We live in Hawaii where it is very humid. This buff works when we are doing yard work and then all the way to the beach to keep the sun off and cool air in. You really can feel the difference. It is like having a little air conditioner on your neck and face. December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by South Florida I would definitely recommend this buff. I have a couple of different brand buffs but this is definitely my favorite one. I work doing water quality in the Everglades down in south Florida. Everyday it's hot and muggy, and Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter helps me survive the day. I'm definitely buying more because I'm wearing the same one everyday at work. November 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Performs I spend my time fishing in a South GA.....The omni freeze zero technology is legit. I have used many neck gaiter products...all pale in comparison to this product! August 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Forget the sunscreen! I hate applying sunscreen over and over again when my day on the trail is long. This gaiter makes sure I don't get sun or windburnt and keeps me cool doing it. Sure, I get a few looks, but they understand when they go home with red faces and weird collar suntan lines. Plus, I look like a hiking ninja...what could be better? July 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Works Great with Inevitable Flaws This product works great for blocking sun and keeping me cool, but it fogs up my sunglasses when I exhale if I pull it over my nose. That is my only complaint, and it is an inevitable problem with these things. All brands will do this. Otherwise, it works great for protecting me from the sun and the Omni Freeze Zero material is great! May 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Would like to see improvements but great material. Great stretch but it still does not fully cover the bottom of my neck. I have pronounced trapezius muscles that give me a bit of a "bull neck" or weightlifter type neck. I would really like to see longer length and some added material to protect the base of my neck to include the spot above the buttons on my shirt and at the top of my back. I work on a military base and spend everyday outside for at least a few hours bending, stretching and moving around in full sunlight. April 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Comfortable I wear it while running a commercial lawn mower to protect the back of my neck from the sun but it easily pulls up over my mouth and nose when it gets dusty. March 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simple yet very effective I bought this for when I ride my motorcycle. It seals my neck to my face, preventing cold air from going down my jacket or up my helmet. I took it on a very cold ride and it did a great job keeping the cold air out. That's impressive considering how light the material is. March 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Florida Fishing Go to Florida for filming fishing shows! This is a must have to cool and protect from the sun. Multi functional. When crusing in the boat I love that I can pull it up over visor or hat to keep it in place. March 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Full protection from sun for neck & face So glad we finally found something that can keep our son's face and neck protected from the sun while he plays baseball. He has skin disorder and is VERY sun sensitive but a great baseball player. This allows him to keep from burning and peeling. He wears it in all positions except when pitching so we are delighted. Great match for arm guards of same fabric January 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter I fish in the bright summer sun of Louisiana and I need good UV protection. I don't like to wear sunscreen, and it bothers me when it gets in my eyes....so I wear a gaiter to cover most of my face, neck and ears. I have tried other brands of gaiters and prefer this one. This gaiter breathes better than other brands and is lighter weight, cooler, and less noticeable. October 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sun bock Works very well, cools me down more than I thought it would. September 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by My new favorite neck gaiter! Have worn a bunch of them and this one is the best i've tried yet. Even in super hot TX heat, wicks away sweat and moisture and dries quickly. September 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Better Than Expected To be honest, half the reason I bought this Neck Gaiter for $30 was because the bright blue color was a perfect match to the trim on my Harley's paint job. I used the gaiter for the first time yesterday on a 160 mile bike ride with the temperature in the mid-nineties most of the day. The gaiter worked great. I wet it down at two rest stops during the day. It protected my neck from sunburn and helped keep me comfortable all day. It is a quality piece of gear and actually a good value for the money. Definitely a big advance over the common bandana, and now an essential part of my riding gear. September 2, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Overpriced marketing hype... This neck gaiter works no better than any other polyester gaiter on the market. The weave is so tight on this gaiter when it is wet it is impossible to breath through. The freezer zero effect is no better than any other evaporative effect from any other material. I think I'll go back to my trusted cotton bandana. August 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sun Protection while staying cool Purchased this product to protect the incision on my neck from surgery from the sun. The product keeps my neck cool and provides SPF 50 while covering my neck and the area of the incision while it heals. July 31, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Marketing ploy gone bad OMNI FREEZE FAILS AGAIN bought this for husband and self, along with the bandana that were said to cool and wick as well. Used mine while mowing our lawns, it wicked most moisture and didn't make the heat worse, never got that "cooling effect" didn't get sunburned, but that is no real feate... I could have made a tube-like contraption out of a sleeve of a cotton t-shirt, I wouldn't get sunburned where it covered, cotton absorbs moisture... the only good thing as the material transfers eat away.... never got a "cooling feeling though. Would NOT buy again. IS NOT worth the amount paid in the least for an average product that does not live up to the HYPE. July 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Must have if you are outdoors in the sun I bought the neck gaiter and the bandana not realizing that the neck gaiter would be a better head cooler neck cooler combo. Many of my work buddies have inquired about my awesome new sun protection as well as many in my local bicycling crew. It's been very hot here lately and this Omni-freeze technology has been a life saver. I rinse it out at the end of the day and let it air dry. July 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by It works I have may Neck Gaiters and the freezer zero line are my favorite. If I'm not producing enough sweet I'll just pour a little water on the back of my neck and it stays cold. It also works great for keeping the sun off of me on long days of Tarpon Fishing. June 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter I have used other manufacturer's similar products in the past and wanted to try Columbia's since they produce so many other awesome products. Ordered a white one for my son and a fossil for myself. Finally got to use it several weekends ago and it fit and felt awesome. The material was just the right weight and did not feel like it was sufficating you. Also, once the Freeze Zero got damp from sweat, it felt even better against my cheeks and neck and helped cool my body temp down as well. Great job Columbia.....keep up the nice work and providing quality products. June 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by No More Sun Screen This buff works perfectly in the sun for fishing. I no longer have to worry about re applying sun screen every time I sweat or get wet. This product also makes a great headband when you are hiking in the forest from fishing spot to fishing spot. Buy 2 of these and keep one as a backup. June 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Freezer zero neck gaiter A little snug. But it doesn't roll up like other brands. Cool with good sun protection coverage. June 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Keep the sun off your neck I HATE SUNSCREEN! I hate having to apply and keep applying sunscreen. A couple years back I rafted the Grand Canyon and I had a bad case of heat stroke because I didn't keep the sun off the back of my neck and didn't drink enough water. I recently returned from Havasupai in the Grand Canyon and this thing kept the sun off my neck, kept me cool and any time dirt was kicked up I just slipped the gaiter over my nose and I could breath while everyone else was choking on dust. I raft a lot and I'm going to take this with me on every trip I go on. Love this thing. May 31, 2013
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide

Hat Size S/M L/XL Adjustable One Size One Size
Adult Head Size (Inches) 21 - 22 22 - 24 1/4 21 1/4 - 24 1/2 21 - 23 1/2
Adult Hat Size 6 5/8 - 7 7 - 7 3/4 6 5/8 - 7 3/4 6 1/2 - 7 1/2
Youth Head Size (Inches) 19 - 21 21 - 22 3/4 19 3/4 - 22
Youth Hat Size 6 - 6 7/8 6 7/8 - 7 1/4 6 1/4 - 6 7/8
Toddler Head Size (Inches) 19 - 20 1/2
Toddler Hat Size 2T - 4T
Infant Head Size (Inches) 17 1/4 - 19
Infant Hat Size 0 - 18 Months
Hat Size Adjustable One Size One Size
Adult Head Size (Inches) 21 1/4 - 24 1/2 21 - 23 1/2
Adult Hat Size 6 5/8 - 7 3/4 6 1/2 - 7 1/2
Youth Head Size (Inches) 19 3/4 - 22
Youth Hat Size 6 1/4 - 6 7/8
Toddler Head Size (Inches) 19 - 20 1/2
Toddler Hat Size 2T - 4T
Infant Head Size (Inches) 17 1/4 - 19
Infant Hat Size 0 - 18 Months

How to Measure

Columbia Fit Guide

How to Measure

  • Fold up at dotted line.
  • Place against a wall or other 90 degree surface.

    Place heel against fold/wall on flat level surface.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure both feet and use the larger measurement.
  • Read measurement and compare to size chart.
  • When comparing on the size chart, determine the closest larger measurement and use that number to determine your shoe size for your country’s shoe measurement standard.

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UPS 2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
UPS Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
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Return Policy

Returns are accepted within 60 days of the purchase date online or in-store. Your apparel must be in original and unworn condition, with tags still attached. Footwear returns must also include the original box.

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