Alpinestars Tech Neck Warmer
This is great! Nice and thin but a good wind blocking stretchy material. I own a HEAVY fleece balaclava and it's great for the dead of winter, this is great for the rest of the year. It is very long but unlike some owners i will not be cutting mine down. its baggy and bunches at my neck but that is good. You do not want a skin tight cloth restricting your breathing. Also because this is baggy it is good neck protection for bugs and rocks and anything else that tries to attack that exposed piece of skin just under the helmet.
January 19, 2016
Simple and cost-effective!
High quality material and high quality stitching coupled with your average rider's price point is what makes this one a winner. I don't have previous balaclava experiences to gauge my opinion from, but when you see Alpine Stars, $20, and 5 star reviews, you tend to jump at it real quick. I commute daily, and have worn it in the low 30s already this year. Absolutely does its job, which is keeping the cold off my neck. Only real complaint is the way the entire thing slides down around your neck when putting on your helmet. The only way around that, and I'm being serious, is to put the thing on, get a grip on the mouthpiece in between your teeth, then put your helmet on. You can then fish the mouth piece from behind the wind curtain and manage to get it pulled back up over your mouth and nose. Forget about it staying up over your ears, it's not gonna happen. I'd imagine this is why full head cover balaclavas exist. But anyways, like I said, you can still manage to keep the mouthpiece functional and in place, and have your neck fully covered and kept warm, which is the main idea. Oh, and you'll have to play with your helmet vents to figure out how to keep your visor interior from fogging up when you're at red lights. Moving fast enough in the cold, it'll defog itself, but when you're just sitting there, that mouthpiece holds your hot breath in place and causes fogging. All in all I'm happy for only spending $20, and my neck doesn't get cold. Mission accomplished.
December 14, 2015
For the price, this can't be beat. Warm but not hot, stylish and cozy. Wore in 27 degree weather and was awesome
December 14, 2015
Does well, but leaves me wanting more.
I want to love this product, but I can't even bring myself to say I really like it. I like it, and that's okay. For this, that's okay.
The product feels great. It may bunch up a bit if you do not have it set all the way (I pull mine up over my ears and nose), but nothing too noticeable. It has good breathability (I never feel suffocated in it) and, although I'm not sure if this is actually a feature of the product, my breath almost feels refreshingly cool when I exhale. It stays in place very well once I have my helmet on, but as others have mentioned it can be a bit of a hassle to get it all set. Luckily for me, my Nolan N44 has a very wide visor and removable chin bar, so adjustments on my part are small and simple.
Perhaps the biggest reason I feel torn on this review is because I can't tell if the problems I have with the product stem directly from it, from myself, or a combination of both.
I am very susceptible to the cold. It is horrendous to me, and blasts of cold air to my neck always end with me getting ill (sore throat typically). The reason I bought this product was because I saw so many good reviews on its ability to keep you warm and greatly reduce the amount of wind reaching you. In the sake of fairness, I must say that it has done me well in that regard. From when I first used this neck warmer, I have felt much more comfortable riding in "chillier weather" (which to me is anything between 50F and 65F).
The issue arises when it is below 55F, because I can feel just enough cold air penetrating it to cause me slight discomfort. For the most part I can enter a more aggressive tuck to reduce my neck's exposure to direct wind, but it doesn't bode well for later in fall. On mornings when I leave my house so early the sun isn't even up, I can feel the chill on my neck.
To cut an already unnecessarily long review short, I'll finish with this.
The Alpinestars Tech Neck Warmer is—in my opinion— suitable for either spring/early fall touring, or spring/fall commuting in-town. Outside of this window (excluding summer), I believe that the wind penetration is too great for consistent comfort while riding. I would advise that you save the $20 for this product, and go for a Neck Gaiter that is also windproof (which can be found for approximately $40).
October 5, 2015
Worth Every Penny!
Best $20 I ever spent! Decided to take an early morning ride in anticipation of a fantastic afternoon. 34 degree morning would normally be just a little too cold on the neck but I had recently bought this and decided to go for it. Beautiful ride! 60+ miles and my fingers were cold, but my neck was toasty. Really wished I would have bought one earlier in the season.
May 10, 2015
Big Heads, Beware.
It seems well made, and is definitely warm. That said, it tends to bunch up around the collar of whichever jacket I happen to wear. Perhaps it could be improved with shoulder slits to allow a smoother fit.
Also, It's not very stretchy. Admittedly, I have a ginormous head, and most things don't fit over it, but my concerns over the stitching giving way have proven fruitless.
It's still something I carry with me every time I ride in the winter months.
February 2, 2015
Fantastic for cold weather
I bought this because I don't like full balaclavas due to their nature of sometimes moving around and having to adjust around the eyes when you put a helmet on.
Here's the biggest ringing endorsement I can give it. 2 weeks ago it was 6 degrees out and I've had to depend on my bike because of car issues. This thing kept me feeling much warmer than I thought it would. It started to get chilly as I arrived at my destination but it held up entirely. I combine this with wearing a hoodie under my jacket so I have my hood up covering the rest of my head.
This product is fantastic and can't recommend it enough.
January 19, 2015
I chose this product for fall/winter riding and so far it has been great!
January 4, 2015