A regular Buff has always filled the role of draught excluder for me, but the thicker construction of the Nitelife with a fleece lining has opened my eyes. Not only is it very snug, it's incredibly comfortable with a tapered shape to help with sealing out cold air.
The shape also has the added benefit of helping the warmer to hold its fit over the course of a ride, whether you choose to have it covering your mouth and nose or not. Time and again I've found with regular neck warmers that they'll bunch up during a ride, and that's absolutely not the case here, regardless of how you wear it.
The fabric is also fairly elastic so getting it on and off is easy, and the base spreads around the tops of your shoulders slightly, too, for additional sealing. At the front you'll find a Lusso logo, with the top half textured with reflective dots that reflect light shone directly on it.
I also noticed that it's genuinely breathable too. That word 'breathable' is overused in my opinion when it comes to cycling kit – but here it's well earned. Coming back after a three-hour ride in winter gear usually results in my baselayer and accessories becoming damp with sweat – but the Nitelife remained almost completely dry.
As a result, it's a very good accessory to have on cold and dark winter rides, and is subtle enough to work with just about any kit choice you make. It returns from the wash like new, and at £15 looks very good value – you'll be using it for seasons to come, I suspect.
Make and model: Lusso Nitelife Thermal Neck Warmer
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?
A thermal neck warmer, with high-visibility upper – ideal for winter use.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- 360 Reflective
- Made in the UK
- Machine washable
Rate the product for quality of construction:
No complaints whatsoever.
Rate the product for performance:
Keeps you warm, draughts out, and remains breathable. Ideal.
Rate the product for durability:
Hard to comment definitively before a whole winter's use, but no issues so far.
Rate the product for fit:
One size fits all, although it's a little slim in the top half if you've got a particularly wide neck.
Rate the product for sizing:
Rate the product for weight:
Not mega lightweight for what is effectively a snood, but that's understandable.
Rate the product for comfort:
It's the most comfortable neck warmer I've worn.
Rate the product for value:
£15 is a steal in my book, considering the service it provides and its quality.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy as pie.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Complete draught exclusion and high comfort levels.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, absolutely.
Use this box to explain your score
It fulfils its brief brilliantly, with no downsides that I can perceive.
Age: 27 Height: 188cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 SL (2016) My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding
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