The Necky: A Smaller, Stupider Snuggie For Your Neck

The Necky is apparently for the person who keeps strangling himself when he tries to tie his scarf. There’s nothing I can write about this that would make it more absurd than it is in real life, so just go watch the video if you haven’t already.

(Thanks to Steve!)


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  1. diasdiem says:

    Well now I’ve seen everything. It’s a turtleneck dickey. Which makes you look dicky.

  2. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Will a necky help hide a hickey from when I’m necking so her Dad doesn’t shoot me?

    • diasdiem says:

      No, but it will ensure that you’ll never be in a position to receive a hickey as long as you’re wearing one.

  3. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    *blink blink* Are people that stupid? It’s a scarf! You wrap it around your neck, and you button your coat! This reminds me of the stupid faux turtleneck that was all the rage in the 80s and 90s.

    I love that the commercial tells you that you can use it to cover your face to protect it from the cold. I can just see the police report: “suspect entered the bank wearing what eyewitnesses claimed was a ‘necky’.”

    • Good Cop Baby Cop says:

      My favorite part is that Frostbite McGee doesn’t bother to put his hood up. “Well, I can’t feel my ears anymore but at least my lips aren’t chapped.”

  4. tbax929 says:

    I can’t speak for the Necky, but I got a Snuggie for Christmas (we did ours early because we’ll be apart on Christmas day), and I love it. It was pretty chilly last night, for Tucson, and I wrapped up in it and watched Inglorious Basterds on DVD. I didn’t even turn on my heat last night.

    What I can say about the Necky is that when I lived in the Northeast, the thing I had the hardest time keeping warm was my neck. Scarves are fine, but if you’re working outdoors and moving around, they do tend to slide down. So there is a market for it.

  5. Trai_Dep says:

    What’s next, The Dickieâ„¢?

  6. TorontoConsumer says:

    I’m pretty sure these companies have figured out there’s a bigger market in people buying these ridiculous things as gag gifts than as real products. I know plenty of people who bought/received Snuggies, Shamwows, etc as gag gifts and I’m sure someone decided that it’s easier to make a silly video that is bound to go viral and watch the profits roll in.

  7. PanCake BuTT says:

    Has anyone seen the Thuggie ? It’s a far superior product to the Necky and world famous Snuggie, even the White Castles editions Snuggie. Google it or whatev’s.

  8. diasdiem says:

    Order now, and we’ll throw in a free Noosey, so you people can go ahead and kill yourselves.

  9. truss says:

    This isn’t a horrible idea. I could see wearing something like this while skiing.

    • tbax929 says:

      You mean you can see the value in an item instead of just declaring it stupid? You’re on the wrong site, pal!

    • Etoiles says:

      That’s why they already have a whole world’s worth of ski masks and neoprene cold-weather wear. ;)

      (Although actually, there are also a lot of hand-knit items that are a little more like this than like your traditional scarf. But the commercial is still dumb.)

      • tbax929 says:

        The commercial is dumb, absolutely. But that doesn’t make the product dumb. We all saw that horrible dance for the Chevy Volt. That doesn’t make it a bad car, it makes it a stupid marketing idea.

        • diasdiem says:

          It gets dumb just as soon as someone tries wearing it without a jacket. Like say, over a sweater. You think clip-on ties are tacky? Try a clip-on turtleneck.

      • hoi-polloi says:

        Exactly. There are tons of neck gaiters out there that are relatively inexpensive and much smaller than the Necky. I don’t want to carry an oversized fleece dicky. If other people do, more power to them.

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        OK, so the trend is towards smaller neck wear instead of full blown scarves but there’s still no reason to wear a bib. Dude, zip up your jacket all the way if you’re cold!

        Better options include smaller scarves, snoods, and cowls:
        Even an helmet liner could work if you continue the neck:

        Why is there a bib on this thing? Why is it so long?

  10. Pooterfish says:

    I’m impressed with how valuable it must be! How else do you justify charging $8 for S&H on a $10 item?

  11. hoi-polloi says:

    Wow! It’s a bulky, cheesy neck gaiter! I’ve lived in the northeast my entire life. A scarf is adequate and easy for most people. When I spent a couple seasons working outdoors, a neck gaiter made for faster transitions between indoors and out.

    I wish infomercial actors were legally required to act as uncoordinated and stupid in real life as they pretend to be on camera.

  12. MeOhMy says:

    If only Mitch Hedberg were alive to see this.

  13. Bee says:

    You know, if you put your scarf on right, there’s no need for a Necky. I wrap it around so the ends cross in the back and flop over my shoulders to the front, instead of crossing it in the front and flopping the ends over my back- makes it easier to pull up over my face, doesn’t flop around, and doesn’t have the ridiculous name of Necky.

  14. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    BTW, in re: the Snuggie, Slanket, Dreamie, Necky, etc… I no longer will ever need one. Why? Because I got a Taun-Taun Sleeping bag last night!

    • osiris73 says:

      Damn you! I want one of those!

    • diasdiem says:

      I still can’t believe they didn’t think of those years ago.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Bahahaha. I just went through all the photos a little bit ago, I watched the videos too but there is no sound on my work PC, so if there is any sound to them I’ll have to watch them again later.

      I love that Dizzy attacks Dummy as soon as he pops out.. LOL. That and they decide kneeding the Taun-Taun in the squishy parts is the best thing ever.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        There’s no sound except for my wood floors creaking. I don’t think you can hear the purring, sadly.

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  15. osiris73 says:

    As mentioned by someone earlier, the Thuggie:

  16. PanCake BuTT says:

    For the person who bough a Taun-Taun :

    Did your Taun-Taun come with a free set of Zhu-Zhu’s for your ‘roommates’ (pictured) ?

    If not, I would have to say you got ROBBEd! Also you might want to do a quick Google, your Taun-Taun might have been manufactured with lead, and other unwanted metals. & to be super safe you should to scan the Taun-Taun with a geiger counter, just to be on the safe side.

  17. samandiriel says:

    Is this a new concept here in the US or something? I’ve seen similar things since I was a kid in the great white north, tho they were pullovers and not wraparounds. They are much better than scarves – they don’t come unwound if you’re moving around a lot like scarves do.

  18. tuC0M says:

    Did anyone else notice that at 0:32 you can see the actress throw her scarf in the way of the closing door so it gets stuck on purpose? I guess if you have a bad habit of doing that then the Necky is perfect.

  19. TheFinalBoomer says:

    As a plumber, I saw a need for a product years ago and invented “The Cracky”, It never caught on though.

  20. dangerp says:

    I’m never a fan of those “as seen on tv” products, and I think that generally speaking, this one can go into the hall of shame as well. However, I’ve been biking to work, and it is damn near impossible for someone as klutzy as me to keep the scarf in place (even when tucked in), and covering the bottom portion of my face.

    On the surface I think it may work well for my bike commute, but on the other hand I would probably be disappointed when I get it.

    • newsbunny says:

      I bike all winter. Invest in a Gore-Tex winter bike jacket. It zips right up under your chin. Go to a bike store and get fitted.

      I also wear what I call a ‘Ninja Bike Mask’. You know, one of those head coverings that reveals only the eyes. It’s great with the helmet. And it makes me looks FIERCE.

      I ride around a lake in 30 degree weather. Snug as a bug. Unless I stop moving.

  21. RevRagnarok says:

    Balaclava FTW? I love mine…

    ( )

  22. thetroubleis says:

    Darn it, these already exist. It’s called a cowl, people and they don’t don’t make you look like a douche.

  23. JulesNoctambule says:

    Who needs a Necky when there are ridiculous cowls aplenty on Etsy? You get free hipster points with every one, I hear.

  24. Red Cat Linux says:

    I don’t think it’s an absurd product. It’s just another kind of scarf. I got a fleece pullover hood/scarf/mask that I use in the coldest weather which I think is better than that, but the principal is rather the same.

    But something about this kind of infomercial makes you think that only morons would use it because of the way the actors are flummoxed by inanimate objects. It’s kind of like an anit-advertisement.

    One look at the ad and you’d die of frostbite before caught dead buying one.

  25. newsbunny says:

    I thought the voiceover kept saying ‘Chokehold gray’, which I found to be somewhat uncomfortable.

    CHARCOAL Gray.

  26. Mom2Talavera says:

    Has anyone seen the commercial for the “booty pop” !?
    It was so funny I thought it was a parody of some sort.,.like from realtime with bill maher.

  27. sh987 says:

    I say this as a person living in the Canadian prairies, where we just came off a solid week of temperatures which were usually -40 celsius, including a morning where it reached a balmy -56 with the windchill… This isn’t the stupidest idea I’ve ever seen. Fashion be damned. When it’s cold like that, I break out my Elmer Fudd hat, my parka, the snowmobile gloves and the heavy boots. If I had one of these, I’d wear it, too.

    Sure, the commercial is ridiculous, but the product isn’t so much.

  28. miss_roxxan says:

    i saw this a week or so ago and scoffed at it. the very next day i put on my scarf and noticed how the wind WAS blowing in the crevices…i sort of want a necky now…

  29. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    Back in the day we called it a “dickie” and wearers were objects of ridicule.

  30. savdavid says:

    Sad thing is thousands will probably buy this cheap piece of cloth PLUS SHIPPING AND PROCESSING, thus insuring more stupid inventions for the marketplace.

  31. Rocket says:

    I want the lock de-icer. He put it into his car door, and it opened. No key needed.

  32. TrinityLast says:

    …this used to be called a dickie, as someone else pointed out. But it wasn’t something to advertise that you wore :p And anyone who’s seen “Real Genius” (to name a geek reference) knows this isn’t a new product – Kent wore ’em all the way through.

  33. TheGreySpectre says:

    I can’t watch the video here at work but from the it sounds like a neck warmer that I would use when skiing which is essentially a 6 in tall fleece tube to put around your neck. I don’t want to wear a scarf when I am skiing or doing stuff becuase it is big and bulky, a fleece tube keeps my neck just as warm without getting in the way and allowing me to zip up my parka.

  34. Noadi says:

    Wow, that’s worse than I thought. I was thinking a really cheap version one of those endless scarves that are a big loop and actually pretty cool. Instead it’s a velcro turtleneck bib. Wow.

  35. xnihilx says:

    Oh if only they’d had the Necky in the 20’s then Isadora Duncan may not have had that tragic accident.

    Seriously though, Necky??? It sounds like something middle schoolers do in the secluded hallway.