Buff Tour de France neck warmers review

We've tested Buff's neck warmers in Tour de France designs, including retro and jersey colours.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The classic neckwarmer in tasteful retro Tour designs – comfortable and versatile for cooler rides

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Buff makes – well, buffs. It shows how well regarded the company’s products are that they have become the generic term for a tube-shaped neck warmer. These Tour de France designs are rather smart. I particularly like the retro patina to both the retro and straight yellow design, which makes them fit in well with a range of other clothing, rather than their being ultra-bright.

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The Buff Tour de France neck warmers are made of Coolmax Extreme fabric, which Buff says offers high UV protection. It also feels very soft and the neck warmers are completely seamless, so that there’s no chance of rubbing and irritation. The fabric is treated with a silver ion-containing protectant to keep it pong-free and fresh. It’s machine washable and quick drying too.

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Evry features a retro design

Evry features a retro design

At over 50cm, the Buff Tour de France neck warmers are nice and long, so there’s plenty of fabric to keep you warm and they’re stretchy enough to get on and off easily, Buff saying they’ll fit head sizes between 53 and 62cm. I found that there was just the right amount of coverage to keep me warm on cooler spring days and worn with a cap you can get pretty much full coverage of the back and sides of your head.

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If it does warm up, they’re easily stashable in a jersey pocket with little or no bulge and plenty of room for other essentials. They are understated enough that you can wear them casually as well as on the bike too.

Even the all-yellow design is a muted colour

Even the all-yellow design is a muted colour

The Evry design comes with images of assorted vintage bike riders, stage routes and posters, along with a long French tricolore; the Ypres version comes with Tour de France logos and is a slightly more muted yellow than a standard leader’s jersey. There’s also a Grenoble version with a full Tour route map and lots of mountains on it, as well as black and polka dot variants.

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Alongside the 50cm version, Buff also sells a shorter 27cm length version of some of its designs. It’s made out of less bulky, more technical fabric which weighs just 15g and is priced at £21. There’s also a headband priced at £14. And for really cold weather riding there’s a part-windstopper variant priced at £35.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.