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Neck warmers and Buffs are some of the most versatile and effective cool-weather gear you can find and Sportful’s 2nd Skin neck warmer is no exception. The thin and lightweight design packs down to almost nothing but it provides a ton of warmth if you get caught out in a storm or want to keep pedaling as the sun goes down.
The neck warmer measures 37.5 centimeters in length when laid out flat. But it bunches together when around your neck for overlapping protection against wind and moisture. While the material isn’t thick, it does offer a bit of wind protection and you can pull it up over your chin or all the way up and over your nose to keep your face warm if a chilly breeze picks up on your ride.
The neck warmer’s seamless construction and soft, stretchy material feels smooth against the skin and doesn’t cause irritation around the neck or face. We typically opt for neck warmers made from a wool blend because of wool’s natural anti-odor and insulation-when-wet properties. But Sportful’s breathable polyester and nylon blend stands up to our wool preference with moisture wicking properties that kept us from overheating when pedaling uphill. The last thing you want after reaching the summit of a challenging climb is a sopping wet Buff that’ll chill you to the core on the descent back down to town.
Sportful’s 2nd Skin comes with a reasonable $30 price tag for a versatile piece of equipment that you can use through the shoulder seasons and all winter long. The synthetic material is durable and washing machine safe so it won’t fall apart after just a few cycles.