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Verdict: 
A bit more than a standard neck warmer at a sensible price
Weight: 
40g
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Neck gaiters aka snoods are great for cold rides when you want to keep that wind or cold off your neck and the lower part of your face, keeping that chill air out of your lungs. Pactimo's neck gaiter keeps your neck warm and is nicely shaped for its job.

What you're after is something that's not so tight it feels like it's suffocating you, but will stay in place. The neck gaiter from Pactimo is unusual in that it is anatomically cut to fit better. Rather than your standard tube shape the Pactimo version has a slightly lower front so you can still pull the neck gaiter up to your ears but it won't be so high over your mouth. It does a reasonable job of keeping out the chill.

Clever stuff and it works. It's made from 95% polyester with Spandex as the remainder for a stretchy feel. The neck gaiter is long enough to tuck into a jersey or jacket to ensure there aren't any gaps for any chill to creep through. Again the neck gaiter is longer at the back where you need the protection and are less able to adjust the position.

The black colour and fluoro logos create a striking look.

The seam on the front facial section is reasonably taut, ensuring the gaiter stays in place without feeling tight. Pactimo have used their proprietary Transfer-C fabric which is woven with carbon and is designed to promote the efficient transfer of moisture away from the skin so you don't feel sweaty. However if you work particularly hard the Neck Gaiter can struggle to dispel the additional moisture which can leave you feeling uncomfortable. While this isn't a great result it does work well when the mercury drops low and you're faced with cold temperatures or cold winds rather than damp wet conditions.

The Neck Gaiter is easy to put on slipping over your head and into position without fuss. Once on the gaiter is simple to adjust if you want to fine tune the position. You don't want the cold creeping in or finding an annoying gap once you set off.

Pactimo's Neck Gaiter isn't as thick as some of the competition options but for £15 it is certainly a viable alternative. It works well in temperatures almost down to freezing which is a bonus. It isn't particularly heavy either when you put it on or if it gets a little moist during your ride.

The gaiter does its job tidily and efficiently. After you've put it on you can forget you've got it on. The only thing you have to be careful of is pulling it up too far at the back; this causes the seam on the front to become tight and dig into your face.

Verdict

A bit more than a standard neck warmer at a sensible price

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Pactimo Neck Gaiter

Size tested: n/a

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

Clever stuff and it works in terms of placement. 95% polyester and the remainder made from Spandex make for a stretchy feel. Available in black with fluro logos create a striking look. The neck gaiter is long enough to tuck into a jersey or jacket to ensure there aren't any gaps for any chill to creep through. Again the neck gaiter is longer at the back where you need the protection and are less able to adjust the position.

The seam on the front facial section is reasonably taut, ensuring the gaiter stays in place without feeling tight. Pactimo have used their proprietary Transfer -C fabric which is woven with carbon and is designed to promote the efficient transfer of moisture away from the skin so you don't feel sweaty.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Despite the relatively low price the Pactimo Neck Gaiter is well made. The seams are robust without felling intrusive the only concern with the material used, mainly polyester, it can show some signs of wear and tear if repeatedly rubbed. There are the odd sign on the base where it has been tucked inside jackets.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Where it is exposed to the elements, the Neck Gaiter does offer protection although the polyester/spandex mix of materials can feel sweaty if you're breathing too heavily.

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

Pactimo have ensured the Neck Gaiter does not feel heavy when first put on or even when it is damp with moisture.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10

Initial impressions are good when you wear the Neck Gaiter but it can struggle to dispense sweat if you're working particularly hard and this can then feel wet, cold or clammy on the skin which doesn't fare so well.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

At £15 you are not at the sharp end of the pricing bracket for a neck gaiter or buff type garment. The anatomical fit is different but works as does the elastic seam to assist in keeping it all in place.

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

The neck gaiter does a job and does it well when it is cold or you are facing a stiff breeze. If the conditions are more moist then the it can struggle to dispel the moisture quickly enough and it just becomes a damp cloth on your face.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The anatomical shape does work well and is an interesting touch. Rather than dealing with the standard tube shape of most buffs the Pactimo offering is shaped to fit and it does this pretty well.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The neck gaiter does struggle to handle too much moisture without feeling soggy. When you've donned a neck warmer to serve as an extra barrier to keeping out the cold the last thing you need is said barrier adding to the discomfort.

Did you enjoy using the product? In the right conditions yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Again possibly.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Whilst good value at £15 there are some concerns as to the suitability of the Pactimo Neck Gaiter in all but the coldest conditions. Durability may become an issue as the neck gaiter consists of predominantly polyester so it can be susceptible to signs of wear relatively quickly if it is rubbing which can happen when it is tucked inside your jacket/top.

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?

What you're after is not something that feels like it's suffocating you but will be strong enough to stay in place. The neck gaiter from Pactimo is unusual in that it is anatomically cut to fit better. Rather than your standard tube shape the Pactimo version has a slightly lower front so you can still pull the neck gaiter up to your ears but it won't be so high over your mouth. It does a reasonable job of keeping out the chill.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
As mentioned above, if it is constantly rubbed it can show some signs of fatigue where the material does wear.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 45  Height: 178cm  Weight: 80kg

I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three  My best bike is: As above

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT

 

8 comments

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marcswales [42 posts] 4 years ago
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Contrary to the misuse of the word by footyball players and the subsequent pick up by the media of a "new" word, a Snood, is not something worn around the neck , a snood is a fabric or net bag to contain hair, either on the hair or a beard.
It's just sloppy "me too" copying to blindly follow footyball useage.

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mylesrants [517 posts] 4 years ago
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nice review of the snood.

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nowasps [525 posts] 4 years ago
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Interesting snood.

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Andy G [26 posts] 4 years ago
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Neck/headwear garments like these, though not necessarily for cycling, existed in the 80's when they were known as 'snoods'. I've only heard the name 'Buff' in the last couple of years.

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Cyclist [295 posts] 4 years ago
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We were issued them in the Royal Marines during the 80s, known as cap comforters. Great bit of kit then, great bit of kit now.

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Leviathan [3057 posts] 4 years ago
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Buff is a particular brand of garment that can be worn as a neck gaiter or as a hat. It is a brand name.

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atgni [518 posts] 4 years ago
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Cut up an old roll neck. Does much the same thing and you can choose how long the bit is to tuck down your back.

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StraelGuy [1753 posts] 4 years ago
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I've seen these described as 'Choobs'.