These Campagnolo leg warmers are warm and very stretchy and they match the arm warmers that we've also recently reviewed on road.cc.
Like the arm warmers, they're made from a soft nylon with a little elastane in the mix to add spring. They're ribbed too so getting these comfortably over even the chunkiest quads isn't going to be a problem.
The weave is varied in different sections so you get tons of elasticity where you need it over the front of the knee, and less around the back where it's not so important. They're ergonomically shaped with a slight bend at the knee (as if your leg is at the bottom of your pedal stroke) and that helps to reduce bunching as you pedal.
These legs provide about as much warmth as a pair of mid-weight roubaix leg warmers. For me, that means they're suitable for temperatures of around 10°C or something like that, when it's just a touch too cold for shorts.
Of course, one of the real benefits of leg warmers is that you can take them off or put them on easily mid-ride if the temperature or the terrain alters. Being so stretchy, these are easy to get on and off over your shoes without the need for any zippers at the ankles.
The only thing that holds the top of the warmers in place is a double-thickness hem but I found that enough, the grippers inside my shorts' legs helping keep them in place. I certainly never felt any draughts from them slipping down.
Nylon might not be the most technical fabric out there but I've not noticed any particular build up of moisture with these. Even if you do start overheating, you just whip the leg warmers off – it takes seconds and that's what they're designed for, after all.
If you ask me, the large Campagnolo logos (try saying that out loud) on these are wrong - it's the same with the arm warmers too. The leg warmers are labelled 'left' and 'right'. Wear them that way round and the logos, which are offset, sit on the inside of your calves (the medial side, if you want to get technical about it). You can't spin the leg warmers round so the logos are on the outside because the ergonomic weave means there's a definite front and back.
Swap the leg warmer marked as 'left' onto your right leg and the 'right' one onto your left leg and the logos sit on the outside of your calves (the lateral side, if you still want to get technical about it). That looks better but it's still not right because the logos face forwards rather than backwards. There are bigger problems in the world, admittedly, but it might get on your nerves, especially if you are a touch OCD about such things.
One other thing. These are described as 'seamless' but there is one flat-stitched seam at the back; you can't feel it, though.
Stretchy, comfortable leg warmers that are easy to get on and off mid-ride
road.cc test report
Make and model: Campagnolo Seamless Leg Warmers
Size tested: Black, Large-XL
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?
"'' Seamless leg warmer
'' Differentiated ergonomic structures"
They actually do have a single flat seam up the back
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Stretchiness and comfort.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The logo orientation bothered me! Not a lot, but it ain't right.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly
About the tester
Age: 41 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: time trialling, 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 youthful 45-year-old 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.