OneTen is the new kid on the cycle clothing block from UK distributor Hotlines, one of the biggest cycle gear distributors in the UK. Among their range of 10 road oriented items are these rather swanky looking arm warmers.
The OneTen arm warmers are manufactured using a circular knitting process which results in a one piece, seamless construction. In addition, the weave style is varied in key areas such as the elbow region to provide a more 'fitted' shape and one tailored to the cycling position. A mix of micro-denier polypropelene and polyamide gives these arm-warmers a pleasantly soft and stretchy feel.
I was initially quite sceptical about the one size fits all concept given that my long and skinny arms don't play nicely with a lot of arm warmers out there. The feeling of an arm warmer creeping ever southwards, just minutes into a ride, is something I've come to dread. However, the fabric and construction of this offering combine to create an arm warmer that seems to mould itself to whatever shape your arms may be. I was able to stretch them right over my shoulder joint and they would just stay there even when riding in the drops. Furthermore, the lack of seams or any pesky labels makes these some of the most comfortable arm warmers I've yet to wear.
If there's a down side to this, it's that they aren't the warmest arm warmers around. Given the relatively open weave, I found that they were best suited to variable summer days when temperatures never really dipped below 15C. In warmer temps, they seemed to dissipate heat well and I rarely felt the need to pull them down.
At £30, these arm warmers are positioned at the high end of the market where they are competing against some well established and prestigious brands. Nevertheless, they are a quality product and worth a punt if you've struggled with saggy arm warmers in the past. Thankfully, the OneTen arm warmers are available in black as well as the white colour tested which, whilst it may look pro on the first ride, soon becomes a chore to keep clean.
A well fitted and comfortable arm warmer for warmer days
road.cc test report
Make and model: Oneten Arm Warmer
Size tested: White
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?
According to Hotlines, the "OneTen seamless arm warmers are the simple and versatile solution to staying comfortable in changing conditions - easy to get on and off and designed to fit snugly in a jersey pocket when not needed so perfect for year-round training as well as leisure and competitive events."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Seamless, circular knitted construction;
Blend of polypropelene and polyamide microfibres;
Fast-drying, heat- and odour-resistant;
Stretch fit with upper arm and wrist grippers;
Soft feel next to skin;
Available in black or white.
The quality of manufacture really shines through with no knitting flaws to be seen
For those with skinny arms, the Oneten arm warmers work really well and are extremely comfortable to boot. They aren't the warmest though which sort of limits when they can be worn
I've yet to see how the stretch holds up to a full year of use but they seem to be holding their shape so far
Very light, these take up virtually no space in a rear pocket
One of the best fitting and comfiest arm warmers I've tried
£30 is a lot to spend on arm warmers if your one of those people that don't use them during the majority of the UK year and it's still a lot of you're one of those that wear their arm warmers all the time. On the other hand if you do wear your arm warmers a lot their comfort and lightness should make them a more cost-effective purchase.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, in black
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 20 Height: 190cm Weight: 70kg
I usually ride: Giant TCR Advanced 2 My best bike is: Canyon Ultimate CF7
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, sportives, mtb,
For 5 years, racing was my life and I went all the way from a newbie bonking after 40 miles, to a full-timer plying my trade on the Belgian kermesse scene. Unfortunately, the pro dream wasn't meant to be and these days, you're more likely to find me bimbling about country lanes and sleeping in a bush on the side of the road.