The Tivoli Seamless Collar forms part of Velobici's Paris-Brest-Paris range (or PBP for short). This epic quadrennial brevet from Paris to Brest, on the western shores of Brittany, and back, requires riders to complete the 1200km route in less than 90 hours. Invoking the name of such a prestigious event sets the bar high, and the Tivoli Collar unfortunately fails to live up to this expectation.
The Tivoli Collar's claim to fame is that it is knitted as one single piece, and therefore lacks any seams (hence the name, obviously!) that could cause irritation. In terms of fabrics, the Collar is composed from a mix of Thermo-cool (51%), Merino wool (42%), Nylon (4%) and Elastane (3%). Given these two facts, one would expect the Tivoli Collar to be very comfortable, but I found that it was anything but. The wool content whilst 'only' comprising 42%, still makes it very itchy to wear, at least on my skin, and I also found the hems caused me some irritation.
In terms of warmth, the Tivoli Collar again fails to live up to expectation as the relatively open weave makes it very draughty indeed. On chilly morning rides, I found myself reaching for a cheap fleece neck warmer instead of this much dearer offering from Velobici. One of the great things about neck warmers is their ability to be used under the helmet as well as around the neck making them extremely versatile. Unfortunately though, the Tivoli Collar's tapered shape means that it doesn't really fit on the head, further limiting its appeal.
And then there's the price. Granted, the one piece construction adds cost over sewing two ends together, but the end result isn't that comfortable anyway. The 'made in the UK' label goes some way towards explaining the extraordinary price, but it still fails to justify it in my opinion.
Expensive, and not all that warm or comfortable either. You'd be better off spending your money on a cheap fleece neck warmer.
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Make and model: Velobici PBP Tivoli Seamless Collar
Size tested: Black
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?
"This Lightweight neck collar is seamless to prevent any unnecessary rubbing around your neck. made from 51% Thermo Cool and 42% Merino wool this collar is insulating, moisture wicking and anti-bacterial. Shaped to fit comfortably, it can be worn all year round and looks cool on and off the bike."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- 42% Merino wool, 51% Thermo-cool, 4% Nylon, 3% Elastane.
- Moisture wicking.
The knitting is obviously well done with no loose threads or unevenness in the weave. The one piece construction is great in theory.
It's just not comfortable or warm.
To be honest I haven't worn it all that much but the quality of construction seems to indicate that it will last.
It's light, maybe too light.
The wool was itchy and the hems were irritating.
Performance just doesn't match up to the premium price.
Did you enjoy using the product? No.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.
Age: 20 Height: 190cm Weight: 70kg
I usually ride: Giant TCR Advanced 2 My best bike is: Canyon Ultimate CF7
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: road racing, sportives, mtb,
For 5 years, racing was my life and I went all the way from a newbie bonking after 40 miles, to a full-timer plying my trade on the Belgian kermesse scene. Unfortunately, the pro dream wasn't meant to be and these days, you're more likely to find me bimbling about country lanes and sleeping in a bush on the side of the road.