Ana Nichoola Smuggler Neck Warmer  £18.50

8/10

Looks cool and does an exceptional job of keeping you warm.

Weight 50g   Contact  www.ananichoola.co.uk

by Leonie Jennings   February 2, 2012  

Ana Nichoola Smuggler Neck Warmer

The aptly named Smuggler Neck Warmer from Ana Nichoola goes along with the company's recent range of female specific accessories and clothing for cold weather riding. Available in two colours, it coordinates nicely with the glove and armwarmer options, giving a more stylish twist to essential accessories.

First off, there's something appealing about a neck warmer that's a nice colour, has a good name and makes you look a bit like Dick Turpin's female alter-ego. The important thing is, though, that it's made from high quality super warm Thermo-Roubaix fabric, with a reassuringly fuzzy next-to-skin surface and that it is incredibly warm, especially for its meagre 50g weight. Shaped to cover the upper chest as well as being long enough to pull up right to the ears, the Smuggler gives a lot of cold weather flexibility. It's stretchy, soft, light and easily fits into a pocket, making it ideal for rides where you're unsure of the temperature or conditions when you head out.

In wear, it really is intensely warm, to the point where some might find it over warm, especially for hillier rides, given that it covers one of the major ventilation areas at the upper chest. That said, it's great for deep winter descents and long duration cold rides, and that same design feature means it's extra effective at keeping the heat in when needed. The fabric wicks moisture well, meaning that even if you are running a little warm while wearing it, there's no penalty to be paid in feeling damp and chilled afterwards. It's easy enough to put on and take off, although a helmet does have to be removed first.

£18.50 is pretty good value for something that's of an equivalent level of warmth and fabric quality as say, the Polar Buff, but more stylishly designed and somewhat cheaper. It should last years, too.

Verdict

Looks cool and does an exceptional job of keeping you warm.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Ana Nichoola Smuggler Neck Warmer

Size tested: Purple

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?

Aimed at female riders looking for more stylish technical riding kit.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Thermo-Roubaix fabric- stretchy- fuzzy on the inside, smooth on the outside.

Long neck for versatility

Lower at the front to protect upper chest area.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Really well made from good fabric.

Rate the product for performance:
 
10/10

Does just what it's supposed to, keeps you warm! Some might find it over-effective.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

Smooth outer fabric resists snagging and it's washable at 40

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10

Light and packable. Super warm for its weight.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Soft and warm in wear and wicks moisture well.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Good quality, effective and should last so pretty good value.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well indeed.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Style, colours, fabric, performance

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Definitely. And also as a gift.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Certainly.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Well designed, effective and stylish neck warmer for seriously cold rides.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,

 

9 user comments

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Seems ok, but nowhere near as versatile as a Polar Buff, which can be had for less if you shop around. Big Grin

Nic

posted by nbrus [281 posts]
2nd February 2012 - 17:39

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bless, nbrus. still following leonie round like a lost puppy? Big Grin

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posted by Barry Fry-up [187 posts]
2nd February 2012 - 17:50

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Barry Fry-up wrote:
bless, nbrus. still following leonie round like a lost puppy? Big Grin

I can just picture him swathed in bog roll and falling down the stairs in a cute way. Smile

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posted by Rob Simmonds [253 posts]
2nd February 2012 - 17:52

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Well, no one else seems to be posting so I thought I'd leave a comment ... didn't want anyone to think these reviews go unread. Confused

Actually, the *real* reason I posted in this thread was to lure out any silent stalkers ... looks like my plan worked. Devil Big Grin

Nic

posted by nbrus [281 posts]
2nd February 2012 - 19:05

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Maybe send her some flowers or something. Less, yknow, stalky

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posted by Barry Fry-up [187 posts]
2nd February 2012 - 23:30

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Barry Fry-up wrote:
Maybe send her some flowers or something. Less, yknow, stalky

Best you start packin ... there'll be no greasy fry-ups where you're go'in. Wink Devil

Nic

posted by nbrus [281 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 7:28

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Eureeka! ... I think I've found a solution to the current 'stalker' issue ... we can get Rob Simmonds to do the ladies kit reviews ... but he'd have to be willing to accept that there'll be a certain amount 'stalking' involved ... Nerd Big Grin

No doubt there'll be a lot of volunteers for this new job, which provides a ready-made excuse for wearing women's cycling gear ... the question is, will they choose the 'Smuggler Neck Warmer' or the 'Polar Buff'? ... don't all rush at once. Smile

Nic

posted by nbrus [281 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 8:35

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perhaps you could pen her a poem or something, you obviously like writing. or maybe sing her a song? i'm guessing you're quite fond of the sound of your own voice

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posted by Barry Fry-up [187 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 8:37

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Hi Barry,

Maybe I can get a job doing reviews? Devil

In case you haven't noticed ... my comments ALWAYS relate to the item being reviewed. Surprise

Usually, I'm bored, and/or I don't agree with all of the points in the review, or I have something useful to add ... then I might post.

This IS my last post on road.cc, so you can relax now ... goodbye. Liar

Nic

posted by nbrus [281 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 14:11

39 Likes

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