A neck warmer will seal up any draughts getting through the space between your jacket and helmet, making a huge difference to your winter riding.
It can also help with wind noise by reducing the amount of air swirling around inside your helmet. (Read more about how to make your helmet quieter.)
We’ve compiled a list covering a range of price-points. If you’re on a budget, dip your toe (or neck) in with one of the cheaper options – you’ll immediately notice the difference.
Things To Consider
The key thing to consider here is whether you want a thermal layer, a windproof layer or both. Some of the higher-end options will insulate you and protect you from windchill (some are even water-resistant), while generally the cheaper ones are simply a layer of fleece/cotton to help keep you warm.
Your choice might depend on your existing gear. If your jacket has a high, windproof, waterproof collar a cheaper fleece neck tube to seal up gaps and keep you warm is likely all you need. If you’re experiencing a lot of windchill, a windproof membrane might be a better choice.
Lets dive into our favourite picks
ARMR Moto Neck Wind Guard
As usual, ARMR have designed and produced a quality piece of kit that rivals many of the more expensive options on our list in terms of warmth and wind-proofing.
This covers the shoulders, chest and upper-back and the neck tube is designed to be worn over the nose. That said, I have often pulled mine down to the chin guard when riding and it still felt perfectly comfortable.
The sizing is good and we’ve struggled to find any complaints online. I’ve got a pretty large head and mine fits a treat.
Makes you look like a ninja
No thermal lining (still works great in winter)
Held Gore-Wind Stopper Neck Tube
This polyamide-outer, polypropylene-lined neck warmer is perhaps the warmest and most windproof on our list. It’s also water-resistant and will remain warm even when wet.
All of this comes at a slight price as the Held Windstopper also has the largest profile.
It’s thin enough to fit between my mid-layer and winter jacket. But, if your outer layer is already a snug fit you might struggle to close your jacket.
The wide and low cut ensures there’s no possibility of wind getting through, and the large zip makes it easy to get in and out of.
Windproof, toasty and water resistant
Easy to put on and take off
Thicker than some of the other options
This one-size-fits-all, unisex, fleece neck warmer is cheap as chips, but will still keep you very warm.
Many riders wear this one tucked over the chin instead of over the nose. The material feels good against the skin, but is not nearly as windproof as the more expensive examples.
Excellent quality for the price, but may be more suited to Spring and Autumn riding.
Warm and comfortable
Great quality for the price
Not very windproof – better suited to Spring/Autumn or insulating a high-collar jacket
Gear Gremlin Patterned Neck Tube
Gear Gremlin produce decent-quality, budget-friendly, no-frills kit. These patterned neck tubes tick all of the previously mentioned boxes.
A quick glance at these and it’s clear they are not intended for winter riding. The material is the thinnest of any neck warmer on our list, but feels good against the skin and will survive many washes.
You’ve probably seen similar products in outdoor shops before. They can be worn as a neck warmer, beanie, bandana or face mask.
Perfect for summer/late spring riding and can be used for hiking, cycling and any other outdoor activity you can think of.
Budget-friendly and comfortable
Can be worn a variety of ways and suited to lots of activities
Not suited to winter use
MotoGP Bandit Mask
This thing looks super-cool. Not just because it makes us feel like the bad guy in a western film – the grey trim and MotoGP decal are also a nice touch.
It delivers in terms of warmth and quality too. The drop-down, bib neck extends out onto the shoulders and down onto the chest, sealing in warmth and blocking draughts.
It’s a 95% cotton, 5% lycra mix, designed to stretch to fit your face. This is where the one caveat comes in. Lots of UK riders report this as being too tight, even after multiple wears.
Looks great, will keep you warm in winter, but may only be suitable for those with smaller heads.
Looks great and won’t break the bank
Warm enough for UK winters
Size comes up small for lots of people
Not particularly windproof
Knox Cold Killers Windproof Mask
This is a high-end neck, face, chest and back warmer priced appropriately to its quality. The flat-locked stitching, contoured fit, fleece-lined collar and mesh nose panel make this a very comfortable piece of gear.
Knox have opted for a softshell construction with a 10k rated windproof, water-resistant, breathable membrane which creates a thin profile that sits flat against your mid-layer, making it easy to close your jacket.
Their one-size-fits-most seems to work for the majority of UK riders.
Windproof, warm and water-resistant
Not the cheapest (we still say it’s worth it)
Rev’it Urbano WB Windcollar
This is a unique take on the neckwarmer. A modular, two-layer system means you can be fully-insulated on your morning commute then roll down the windproof outer layer for riding back home in the warmer afternoon sun – sweet!
Both layers are super stretchy and will fit most head sizes. The stretchiness also means this will sit comfortably over the nose or chin, depending on how much protection you need.
Two layer system is a good idea and works
Comfortable enough for all-day use
Expensive for what it is
If your neck feels cold and stiffens up after riding, a neck warmer can make a world of difference. If you’re still building up your first set of gear, go in at one of the lower price-points. We’re sure you’ll notice the difference.
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