The Galibier Multi Scarf Pro is a well priced scarf that keeps the wind off your face and allows you to breathe properly even when it's over your mouth.
- Pros: Keeps the wind off, simple design, price
- Cons: No hems on the edges
As the temperatures plummet and you swap from bib shorts to bib tights, the one piece of kit I am always happy to have with me is a scarf or neck warmer. The scarf is one of the most basic pieces of kit you're likely to find, as it's essentially one piece of fabric folded in half and sewn together, but it has a lot of uses: I wore it as a traditional scarf around my neck, a covering for my face, and it was even usable as a makeshift hat when needed.
Galibier has used a Domiti fabric, which is essentially like thicker Lycra. It has a decent amount of stretch which makes it ideal for all of its different uses, it stretches across the face well, sits comfortably around the neck or around the head. The material itself isn't fully windproof, but does the job that's needed. When the temperature is below freezing you can feel the cold coming through, but it does enough to stop the real sting from it.
It's so compact that, when temperatures rise and you want to take it off, you can just fold it up and chuck it in a back pocket.
In terms of construction it's very simple, with only one flatlock stitched seam running the length of the scarf. At the bottom there isn't a hem, but despite the raw edge there are no issues with fraying.
At £7.30 it's a good price for a scarf that performs well. Compare it with the Kalf Merino Neckwarmer and it's almost a third of the price, although the Kalf is made from merino wool. The Lusso Zigzag Multifunctional Neck Warmer is a more similar design, and is still £2.69 more expensive.
Overall, I like this scarf. It's not a complicated piece of kit, but it excels in its simplicity, doing everything that I need it to with minimal fuss.
A simple scarf that comes at a good price and does everything you need it to
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Galibier Multi Scarf Pro
Size tested: one size
Tell us what the product is for
A scarf that can be used in cold conditions to either mask the face, warm the neck, or as a makeshift hat.
Galibier says, "A new scarf for 2018. the Multi Scarf Pro, does the same job as our other scarfs, but is constructed from Italian Carvico's own Domiti fabric. Breathable, with a extensive 4-way stretch makes the material an ideal choice for a multi-purpose, thermal, headwear.
"The single seam is flat stitched and the lightly brushed fabric is warm and stylish; finished in our signature white stripes, which have lived on our Roubaix gloves for 7 years now."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Woven with 4 way stretch Microfibre
Italian Fabric, ink and construction
Dimensions: 29cm x 24cm
One size fits all adults
Seems well made, although perhaps having a hem along the edges would prevent potential fraying.
Did everything it needed to, kept off the worst of the cold and versatile enough for a number of uses.
No hem, but no sign that it won't last.
Can be used for a number of different purposes and the stretch in the fabric allows this easily.
One size fits all.
Soft fabric and only one seam, so perfectly comfortable over hours of use.
Good value for money compared to others on the market.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No issues at all, washed at 30 degrees without any problems.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It performed well, kept my neck, face and head warm in the cold, and versatile enough for a number of uses.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Its simplicity – it doesn't need to be packed with features and it isn't, it just does what it needs to do effectively.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No hemming along the edges – not vital, but it would be a nice touch.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Compares well – the Kalf Merino Neckwarmer is £20, although it is made from merino wool, while the Lusso Zigzag Multifunctional Neck Warmer has a similar design and is £9.99.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A simple but effective scarf that keeps off cold air and can be used in a multitude of situations.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.