FWE is Evans' in-house clothing brand and the Reflective Snood/Neckwarmer is its take on the typical solution for those chilly rides/early mornings when you want to stop the wind whipping around your neck or ears.
The Snood is nothing new: it's a tube of material that can be worn in various ways to keep your head, neck or ears warm and safe from the elements.
When fully extended it is two bands of colour, black and yellow top to bottom, with a reflective strip running its length in two places, 180 degrees apart.
It's long enough that you can keep to one colour if you prefer, by folding it in half, leaving a neckwarmer in either yellow or black of 230mm in length; that's plenty to cover up to your chin and still tuck down inside your jacket to stop any draughts.
The material itself is stretchy so it fits over your head with ease and it springs back enough to close any gaps around your neck. The material is quite thin though, so even when doubled up I'd say it's still not quite warm enough for deep winter use. But being so thin does mean it can fit beneath a helmet without you having to tweak your setup too much.
The reflective strip is a novel idea, and even though most of the material will be tucked beneath your collar, it might just add a little bit of visibility. The only slightly irritating thing is that the reflective material always seems to stay cold – which isn't ideal against the skin.
At £9.99 it's about the same price as a lot of the other neckwarmers we've tested such as this one from Lusso – but nearly double the price of Altura's offering – though both of these look to have a stitched seam top and bottom, which the FWE doesn't, meaning the edges are left looking as if they've been hacked with a pair of scissors. It's not alone in that 'finish' though – so I suppose it all comes down to how much you want the reflective detailing.
Brightly coloured windchill solution for all but the coldest of rides
road.cc test report
Make and model: FWE Reflective Snood/Neckwarmer
Size tested: Graphite/Yellow/Reflective Trim, size: One Size
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The FWE Snood/Neckwarmer is ideal for those chilly rides when you just need something to stop the wind whipping down your neck or over your ears. The reflective strip is a nice touch too.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Discipline - Multisport
Fabric - 100% Polyester
Fabric Properties - High wicking and breathable
Reflectivity - Stealth reflective trim
Bit uneven around the edges.
One size fits all.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Came up clean after a cool wash.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It is warm enough for chilly spring rides but you'd need something thicker for winter.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Reversible colour is quite cool.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Uneven edges either end where the fabric has been cut.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly, it's a busy marketplace though.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
The FWE Snood looks pretty cool in either colour option, and the reflective stripe is a thoughtful touch, though it can be quite chilly against the skin. Simple and does the job at an OK price.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.