When out in the wilderness, whether you’re hiking, camping or hunting, you want to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. A great way to do so, without the hassle of reapplying sunblock, is to wear a tactical scarf, also known as a shemagh or keffiyeh. Originating in the Middle East, these versatile scarves are big enough to wrap around your face, neck and head to provide protection from direct sun exposure. They also protect the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand. Ahead, we rounded up some of the best styles on the market for men and women. They designed to be durable, protective and
1. Rothco Shemagh Tactical Scarf
This breathable cotton scarf is tightly woven and measures approximately 42 x 42 inches.
Pros: It’s available in over 15 colorways.
Cons: Some may find it too thin.
2. Mato & Hash Tactical Scarf
Also 100% cotton, this style is just slightly bigger, measuring 43 x 43 inches.
Pros: You can order one scarf or purchase a pack of three. It comes in six different designs.
Cons: Some may prefer a tighter weave.
3. Vochic Tactical Scarf
This cotton scarf is a bit thicker than the others on our list. It also measures about 43 x 43 inches.
Pros: This also comes in a variety of colorways and two-pack options.
Cons: The colors of the scarf may bleed in the wash.
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