dhb Earnley Lycra arm warmers  £12.99

8/10

Good spring/summer kit for beating the chill on early morning starts

Weight 53g   Contact  www.wiggle.co.uk

by David Else   May 27, 2010  

dhb Earnley arm warmers

As spring turns to summer, every cyclist needs a pair of lightweight arm-warmers for those long rides that start a bit chilly, then warm up as the day progresses. The Earnley Lycra Arm Warmers from dhb are just the job.

I used them in a recent 70-mile training ride. At 8am there was still a nip in the air, so I was glad to have the Earnleys keeping me warm. But by 10 the sun was out, and it was great to slip them off and top up the tan. Being Lycra, they rolled up very small and fitted easily in my jersey back pocket, without feeling bulky.

Construction quality seems good; there were no loose threads on the seams. To stop the arm-warmers from falling down, there’s band of rubbery zig-zag thread to grip your arm round the biceps. Available colours are black, blue and red. Other features include the dhb logo on just one of the arms.

Thanks to the anatomic cut, there’s a bit of a bend, so the fabric doesn’t crease inside your elbow. They were also plenty long enough. These are definite spring/summer items though; for colder days, you’ll need something thicker like the Earnley Roubaix arm warmer perhaps.

The only downside is the choice of just two sizes: small/medium and large/x-large. I’m an average chap and rashly went for the larger size. I would have been better with the former. The dhb brand is exclusive to on-line store Wiggle and all the sizing info is on their website, so check this carefully before buying.

Verdict

Overall, these are a good bit of kit. They keep your arms warm, then tuck away small when not required. What more can you ask?

road.cc test report

Make and model: dhb Earnley lycra arm warmers

Size tested: S-M

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Did you enjoy using the product? yes

Would you consider buying the product? yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 49  Height: 5ft 10 / 178cm  Weight: 11 stone / 70kg

I usually ride: an old Marin Alp  My best bike is: an old Giant Cadex

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, club rides, sportives, mtb,

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