Arm warmers should be something that every cyclist should have as they can become so useful on so many occasions. I bought these ones made by Specialized a few years ago as they were a good price at my local cycling shop.
--- The Arm Warmers ---
I own the large size of these arm warmers as I have reasonably long, but not very bulky arms. The ones that I have are black in colour throughout except for silver writing on the elasticated gripper at the top and a silver reflective Specialized symbol at the bottom. My ones are 43cm long, which I find covers my arm from armpit to wrist quite comfortably. The top of them has a diameter of 8cm and the bottom is just 5cm. As they are made from a stretchy fabric, this size will stretch if you have quite large or bulky arms.
The arm warmers are made from 86% Nylon and 14% Elastane,which gives the material a good stretchy feel to it. The outside of the warmer feels quite insulating, whereas the inside is a very soft fleece like material. This makes them very easy to get on and I have found them very comfortable to wear. At the top there is an elasticated gripper tape that I have found holds the warmer in position and stops it slipping down your arm. I have never had the problem of these slipping, regardless of wind, rain or shine.
I have used these arm warmers through-out spring, autumn and winter and they have provided warmth and protection through-out these seasons. I always wear them during winter rides as they help keep my arms warm and also provide some protection if I fall off my bike. I occasionally wear them during spring and autumn, depending on conditions as I find that I can sometimes get too warm in them.
Taking them off is quite simple as they slide off really easily. This means that they are easy to take off whilst cycling, which saves time in stopping. As they are made from a thin and flexible fabric, this makes them very easy to store, both at home that they can be squashed into a small cycling jersey pocket with ease which makes them easy t and when on the bike. I normally fold them inside out like a sock, which keeps them paired up safely. I find them easy carry if it gets too warm.
These have to be one of my most important cycling accessories as they can be used so often. I also use them when running sometimes as they are good to wear with a tshirt if it is too cold for a vest, but too warm for a jacket. They are really comfortable to run in too and I have never found that they rub, even on runs longer than 90 minutes.
--- Where to buy? ---
These can be bought from any good cycling shop online or on the high street. I would recommend trying them on first as I didn't think that I would of needed a large size. Nowadays they will cost you about £25, which is quite a bit more than I paid a few years ago!
--- Overall ---
These are a great pair of arm warmers as they serve there purpose very well by keeping my arms warm in the colder weather. As they also look good and are very durable and comfortable to wear, I am going to give these 5/5 as they were well worth the money I paid. I am not sure if I would pay the current RRP for them though, as for what they are, that does seem a bit steep.
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