It's that time again, where the chilly morning breezes work their way inside the neck of your jacket. There's a number of options for stuffing the gap, and Sportful's 2nd Skin neck warmer is a good one.
The fabric is a synthetic mix (58% Nylon, 30% Polyester, 12% Lycra) that's similar to what you'd find in a compressive baselayer. It's seamless, which means that it's pretty comfy to wear, and very stretchy: even though it's a close fit you can get it on over a helmet if you forget it and want to pull it on at the last minute. I'm not suggesting that's a great idea, but it does give you an idea of how much it'll stretch.
In use it does a very good job of keeping draughts at bay, and it's easy to breathe through if you want to pull it up to protect your face on really chilly rides. It's light enough to go under a helmet too, although it's not really designed for that. It's long enough to pull right up over your ears, and stretchy enough to stay there when you do.
The synthetic fabric will probably need to be washed a bit more frequently than a cotton-based or Merino neck warmer, but it's not as if your neck is a particular hotbed of smelly bacteria. I've been using it on and off for a few weeks, and it's still fine. Sportful claim it has good wicking properties; certainly it stays drier to the touch than a cotton one on harder rides.
Mostly you want a neck warmer to, erm, keep your neck warm. And the Sportful 2nd Skin does that very well. It's cheaper than a Merino one and more than a cotton one. And for the money, you get a good product.
Good synthetic draught barrier to keep the winter chills at bay.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful 2nd Skin Neck Warmer
Size tested: red
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 Sportful 2nd Skin Neck Warmer has a high stretch seamless construction for the perfect fit, wicking fabric to draw moisture away from the skin.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Fabric:58% Polyamide, 30% Polyester and 12% Elastane
Fabric Properties:Warmth and high stretch
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Clingy, warm, does its job well.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 102kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.