When I tell people I commute by bike year round, it is not uncommon to hear the reply, in an incredulous voice, "Even in winter?" My response is that riding in cold weather is actually preferable to riding in hot weather in some ways. When it's hot out you have no choice but to be hot. You can only dress down so much. In the winter however, you can layer up and control your temperature by zipping down or taking things off as you ride. While zipping a jacket down is easy, taking garments or accessories off while riding is not always easy or safe.
An inventor we worked with in the past is back at it with another product meant to make your biking experience more convenient. Brian, who came up with Fix It Sticks, let us know about what he is calling the Weatherneck.
My first thought when I saw the Weatherneck was, "That's cool and all, but I already own a ton of bandannas." However, after getting a sample Weatherneck and testing it out, I see the benefit of the product. The genius is the incorporation of magnets so you can simply pull it off as you ride. If you get hot while riding, there is no need to either stop or fiddle with taking off a bandanna other such warming accessory. After testing out the sample I can confirm that the material is comfortable and it is easy to adjust the size. You can fold over the fabric to tighten as needed, as seen in this image from the product site.
I will spare you any pictures of me wearing the Weatherneck as I think the pictures and video from the site do the product justice. I think there may be some similar products out there which feature Velcro as the means to secure/size such an accessory, but as much as I love Velcro, it does have some disadvantages. One disadvantage of Velcro is that it can catch on other fabrics and cause snags or pilling. Pilling is when balls of tangled fibers pop up on your clothes when the fabric rubs against itself or another material, like Velcro. Pilling or snagging can easily occur if the Velcro enclosure are course.
I give the Weatherneck high marks and if you ride in cold temperatures it is surely worth checking out.