Top neck warmers

Add a bit of extra comfort on your next ride with one of our top neck warmer picks

Motorcyclist wearing neck warmer

by Jim Blackstock |

A decent neck warmer or neck tube is an essential bit of kit for any motorcyclist. Whether you want to stop your neck getting chilly in winter (as well as prevent draughts going down into your jacket or up into your helmet) or to stop the edge of your collar irritating your neck in the heat of summer, our handy guide to the top neck warmers should help. From a full balaclava to lightweight tube, something out there for every rider and every circumstance.

Alpinestars Tech

Alpinestars Tech
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Alpinestars know a thing or two about motorcycle clothing and this neck warmer is double layered with a fleece inner for comfort. Air holes ahead of the mouth allow better breathing and breath dissipation and the elasticated nose will hold it in position as you put your helmet on. The material stretches to allow head movement and it's long enough to tuck well down into your jacket to prevent draughts.

Buff Polar fleece neck tube

Buff Polar fleece neck tube
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The brand name Buff has become synonymous with neck tubes in much the same way that Hoover has with vacuum cleaners. Developed in Spain some 25 years ago, today's Buff offer a huge range of styles and designs, featuring both cooling and thermal properties. This Polar neck tube has a thick, fleecy band to keep the warmth in and a lightweight stretchy upper that the brand is famous for. This allows the Buff to be worn as an extra layer of insulation inside the helmet, as well as around the neck.

GearTop balaclava

GearTop balaclava
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Some riders feel that a full balaclava can be restrictive and affect the fit and comfort of the helmet but others prefer the all-in-one feel and coverage of just such a garment. There's no doubt that they offer excellent wind resistance, as there's no way cold air can find its way in to chill the neck or head. Synthetic material with Lycra gives this balaclava a close, anti-irritation fit and will also help wick moisture away from the head.

Rukka RWS neck warmer

Rukka RWS neck warmer
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Rukka is famous for its extreme clothing and this neck warmer (there's a version with a balaclava covering as well) is designed to sit high on the face as well as deep into the jacket to keep the cold out. It's formed with a Gore-tex Windstopper outer shell so it's completely windproof as well as allowing the body to breath while preventing cold air entering and the rear-mounted Velcro tabs mean it always fits snugly.

Forcefield Tech 3 neck tube

Forcefield Tech 3 neck tube

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Like the company's base layers, the neck tube is designed to regulate the body's temperature, staying cool in hot conditions and warm in the cold. It's formed in BeCool and Dryarn fabric and the design means it fits the face nicely as well as just sitting around the neck. The matching base layer top and long johns are excellent year-round and this technical garment would be a great addition to your kit, to keep you cool and prevent chaffing.

Oxford Comfy 3-pack

Oxford Comfy 3-pack

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Kit and luggage specialist Oxford sells numerous packs of three neck tubes, all featuring variation-on-a-theme patterns within the same pack but with a huge number of different design themes available. This paisley pack has three tubes, all in polyester microfibre and seam-free for comfort and they can be worn in various ways, including as neck tubes, skull caps and face masks.

EDZ Merino Wool tube

EDZ Merino Wool tube

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Not everyone can wear wool but if you can, then a Merino wool garment is widely regarded as the best base layer for winter riding and this Merino neck tube from EDZ is just the ticket. It keeps you warm while wicking perspiration away, protects the skin from the cold and stops draughts. If you want even more warmth, then there's also a balaclava if you can get one under your helmet.

Zerofit Heatrub neck warmer
Tested by Joseph Wright for four months, 1,500 miles
Quality 2/5, Value 3/5

Zerofit Heatrub neck warmer

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Japan based Zerofit's Heatrub neck warmer utilises the same technology as their award winning thermal base layer to seal the gap between collar and chin. MCN's Joseph Wright has been putting one to the test.

'Zerofit normally strikes the perfect balance between comfort and warmth but sadly not this time. Don’t get me wrong this neck warmer will keep you more than toasty on frosty January mornings but I found it just too much for me.

While the neck warmer provides great insulation, it feels restrictive, making it difficult to turn my neck for good visibility when approaching roundabouts and using slip roads. Being a newer rider I would choose awareness and safety over coziness. On the other hand, for marathon motorway miles this is the ultimate winter warmer and the heat rub technology is top class.'

The Heat threads which claim to make this apparel five times warmer are effective but the material feels a little irritating and prickly.  So, while this neck warmer is the ultimate insulator it also delivers restricted mobility.'

Vanucci Storm collar

Vanucci Storm collar

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OK, this isn't a universal option but various jacket manufacturers (Vanucci, Klim and Stadler to name three) offer optional storm collars while some jackets come with them. The idea here is that the collar sits outside the jacket and goes up the neck into the helmet, not only stopping wind getting in but water as well, which can easily soak a neck tube and get into the jacket in the rain.

Geila 3-pack skull facemasks

Geila 3-pack skull facemasks

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These versatile polyester face tubes feature printed skull lower jaws for that Ghost Rider look and feel. Perfect for riders who aren't afraid to release their inner demon, these can be worn in a variety of ways to set riders aside from the crowd, of living human beings, that is.

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