- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.5 x 2 inches ; 7.2 ounces
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- ASIN: B00AHZC06U
- Item model number: 613902863705
- Average Customer Review: 185 customer reviews
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Rothco Solid Color Shemagh-Tactical Desert Scarf
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-Huge! Allows you to wrap it how you like. Can go with your eyes only being exposed, wear as a scarf, do-rag, bandana.
-Excellent color and design
-If you go to places that require ear protection and you do not have it, you might be able to get away with it by wearing this around the head.
None about the scarf itself. However, be warned, if using cheap goggles and you have this wrapped around the mouth, fogging will intensify.
Honestly, I think these are better quality than the ones made in the Hirbawi factory. They're noticeably softer and a thicker weave. It's no stranger to pulled threads, but for the price I'm okay with it. It doesn't look like they will be hard to repair (cut the loose thread at the mid point and tie a square knot. Cut off remainder of thread). I wasn't being especially careful with my Foliage one but it's far from ruined. In fact, it appears to be much more durable than my Hirbawi shemagh, which costs about $25.
For those who don't know, the Hirbawi factory is supposedly the last authentic maker of these scarves in Palestine. I only say supposedly because the culture behind these scarves seems fairly nuanced and I by no means have all the information. Are they the only authentic maker in the world or just Palestine? Are they only authentic if they are made in Palestine? What does authentic even mean? Are there no factories in the UAE making these? Turkey? Does every Muslim own one from Hirbawi? As far as I can tell, the rest are made in India, China, or Pakistan. From what I have gathered, these Rothco shemaghs are made in India.
I figured I'd try out a Hirbawi shemagh because I assumed it would be the highest quality product. While their scarves are absolutely beautiful, I swear every time I take a close look at mine I see more and more threads that had gotten pulled out. And I've been very careful with it, which to be honest is not something I want to worry about, especially at $25 from an authentic factory. The threads on that one are very thin and the weave seems rather loose, which is odd because on the amazon description it says 'heaviest weave on the market' or something to that extent. I would understand it if it was intentionally light. Palestine gets pretty hot, it would make sense that the authentic Palestinian shemagh is thinner and lighter. But then why advertise that they are the heaviest? They clearly are not. That being said, I live in an area where temperature ranges from 9-112 degrees Fahrenheit. And a single Hirbawi scarf just doesn't do the job in the cold for me. I can get my neck covered pretty well, but if I need to cover my face, neither area is effectively warm. I'd have to double up. But at $25, I can't really afford to do that, especially if I'm unsure of their quality. I am all for supporting a last remaining manufacturer of authentic products, but that's difficult when the higher price doesn't really pay off. I still wear mine because it is gorgeous, and part of my reason for wearing these is to show solidarity to Muslims. Frankly, I feel a little guilty wearing my Rothcos. But I wonder, does every Muslim who wears a shemagh own one from Hirbawi? Or are some them sporting Rothcos?
ANYWAY, back to the Rothco. Good product. Would recommend. Will buy again. Don't machine wash it. Hand wash cold, gently. For really cold weather, these can do pretty well, especially if you fold it up a few times. But at these prices, I think it's worth getting two for extra layering. I'd like a couple more with the chequered pattern.
I originally got two solid colored ones because someone at work took issue with my white and blue chequered one (it can happen, like I said the culture behind these scarves is pretty complicated). It was a short interaction and I don't know if the guy was just ignorant, was Muslim and took offence at some white kid wearing one, or perhaps he was Israeli and I was wearing the national symbol of pride for the nation that his people have been at war with for thousands of years. I walked away because it was early in the mourning and I was not in the mood for a geopolitical debate. Be aware that situations like this can happen if you wear a shemagh. But it's a lot less likely with a solid colored one.
--Light and foldable
--Fabric may be too light to wash in machine
--Could have durability issues (but none have appeared yet)
Overall, a good product. I'm very happy with it.