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Verdict: 
Stretchy knee warmers that provide good insulation and plenty of comfort
Weight: 
77g
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Alé Seamless Knee Warmer
7 10

The Alé Seamless knee warmers are super-stretchy, they shift sweat well, and they're very comfortable.

These are made from Dryarn which is a mix of polypropylene, polyamide (nylon) and elastane. This stuff is really stretchy so it's easy to get the Alé knee warmers on and off over your shoes mid-ride without them catching on buckles, straps or cleats.

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The stretch of the fibre, along with the fact that these are ribbed, means that although these come in only one size, you'll almost certainly get a good fit without any tightness.

There's no gripper inside the top hem but I didn't find them creeping down at any point. Chances are that the grippers at the end of your shorts' legs will hold them in place just fine.

Ale Seamless Knee Warmer SS16 - cuff.jpg

Ale Seamless Knee Warmer SS16 - cuff.jpg

The Dryarn fabric shifts moisture from your skin well and it dries out very fast. Plus, if you do start to overheat, as mentioned, whipping these knee warmers off is a really quick job, and they take up very little space when rolled up and stashed in a jersey pocket.

In terms of insulation, they provide a middling level of warmth – enough to keep the chill off your knees on a morning ride before the sun has really started to do its thing, for example, or to avoid creaks when the sun dips in the evening and you've got an hour left to ride.

> Check out our guide to the best arm and leg warmers

The Alé knee warmers have a degree of shaping that reduces creasing slightly as you pedal. They're very comfortable although, despite the name, a seam runs top to bottom, as it does on most other knee warmers (and the Alé Seamless Arm Warmers I also tested). Admittedly, that seam is flat and could hardly be more unobtrusive; you just can't feel it and there's no chance of it chafing.

Ale Seamless Knee Warmer SS16 - logo.jpg

Ale Seamless Knee Warmer SS16 - logo.jpg

Sooner or later, someone is bound to ask whether it says 'ale' on your knee warmers as opposed to 'Alé', which may or may not be a good thing in your eyes.

Verdict

Stretchy knee warmers that provide good insulation and plenty of comfort

road.cc test report

Make and model: Alé Seamless Knee Warmer

Size tested: One size

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?

Alé says, "Tubular kneewarmer for an efficient thermoregulation."

Simple as that!

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

The Alé knee warmers are made from Dryarn fabric.

Dryarn is mainly polypropylene with some polyamide (nylon) and elastane.

Polypropylene doesn't absorb moisture but it can be good at transporting it, especially in a loose weave like this.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
7/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
6/10
Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

They go into the machine with the rest of your cycling kit and come out looking fine. They don't retain any odours.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

They do a good job. They keep your knees warm, they don't rub, and they're easy to get on and off.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fact that they're very stretchy means they're very easy to get on and off over your shoes.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

£25 is a middling price for a pair of knee warmers. These do the required job well to justify that price.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.