There's not a huge amount to say about Lusso's Jessica Multifunctional Neck Warmer. It's a cut above the average in that it has seams top and bottom, where most tend to have just a raw edge. It adds an extra bit of protection on cold mornings, as do all the ones I've ever tried, but to describe it as 'thermal' is a bit of a stretch.
- Pros: Extra warmth, nice design, made in UK
- Cons: Slightly loose, 'thermal'?
That said, it's a nice design, it does the job it's meant to, and at £9.99 it won't break the bank. (If you're not overly struck by 'Jessica', it's just one of a number of patterns available – Zigzag and Eyes to name but two…)
Like most I've tried (bar a more upmarket, properly fleecy one from Giordana) the Lusso Jessica has a slightly loose fit; it works best when kind of bunched up within a collar, I find. You can also hoick it up over your chin/mouth/nose and keep it in place relatively well with your helmet strap. (Or, top tip for keeping your ears warm: pull it down over your face so you leave just the top of your head 'free', then pull the forward part of the opening down to reveal your face, and tuck it under your chin so you're left with it sitting balaclava-style.)
And... that's about it. Washing instructions say 40 degrees, not the usual 30, so you can chuck it in with your regular wash not just your super-sensitive sports stuff.
It's not the cheapest – for £6.99 you can buy the slightly tighter-fitting (according to George) Altura Neckwarmer. The Altura is longer too, so you definitely get more for your money. I think Lusso's designs are a little more fetching though. Feel free to disagree.
Flatlock seams top and bottom raise it above the norm, but very similar to most in other respects
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Jessica Multifunctional Neck Warmer
Size tested: One size
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?
Lusso says this:
Multifuntional Neck Warmer –
. Thermal Insulation and Moisture management
* Protection against wind, heat, cold and dust
* Breathable – 85% Polyester 15% Lycra
* Made in the UK
* Machine washable
Seams top and bottom, flatstitched too. The one long seam is overstitched but not flatstitched.
Does the job that all neckwarmers I've used do – bar a fleece-lined one from Giordana (which also has a drawstring and toggle)...
Those top and bottom seams should keep it going.
Fits like all others I've used, slightly looser than the website pics suggest, despite the 15% Lycra content.
The flatlocked seams are a little rough feeling to the finger (polyester thread perhaps?), but I really haven't felt any irritation on my neck or chin. (I only felt their roughness while examining them, sitting down to write this review.)
You can buy Altura's Neckwarmer for £3 less, and you get more length (but, subjectively, not as appealing a design). A tenner is pretty typical though – and you can pay more.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Machine wash at 40°C.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Adds a little extra warmth wherever/however you wear it (round the neck, over the head balaclava style, as a band over the ears...).
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The extra little bit of warmth, and the style, and the fact that it's made in the UK.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It's '100 synthetics' and makes my hair go a bit static when I pull it on.
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 score
It does the job it's designed to in a simple, stylish way. Not the cheapest, not the most expensive.
About the tester
I usually ride: Vitus Venon My best bike is: Paulus Quiros
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding
Tass is our production pedant, who boldly goes hunting for split infinitives, rogue apostrophes and other things up with which she will not put. She joined road.cc in 2015 but first began working on bike magazines way back in 1991 as production editor on Mountain Biking UK, then deputy editor of MTB Pro, before changing allegiance to road cycling as senior production editor on Cycling Plus. She's ridden off-road but much prefers on, hasn't done half the touring she'd like to, and loves paper maps.