Arm & leg warmers
These Hincapie Nitro knee-warmers are ideal for taking the chill off your legs when it's too cold for shorts only, but too hot for long tights. They're well-made and fit nicely, come at a fair price, but the colour scheme may not suit everyone.
Chapeau Clothing knee warmers fit very nicely, the fabric is thin and stretchy, and their simple looks will win fans.
Knee warmers are an indispensable accessory for at least two seasons of the year, adding versatility to your cycling outfit. Even in the summer, they're ideal for early morning rides and those more unpredictable days when it might not be as warm as one would hope.
Cervo Rosso's Strada knee warmers are made from a Super Roubaix fleece-lined fabric that is luxuriously soft next to the skin and provides just the right amount of warmth for early chilly mornings when the cold is nipping at your exposed flesh.
Hincapie Nitro arm warmers do just that: keep your arms warm when the weather's too chilly for a short sleeve jersey on its own. They're well-made, fit nicely, and come at a fair price, but the colour scheme and prominent brand-name may not suit everyone.
Castelli Nanoflex kneewarmers combine two handy functions, keeping your knees both warm and dry. Their only downside is a slightly awkward seam.
Castelli's Nanoflex is a water repellent range of garments based on their Thermaflex material but with silicone filaments added to the surface. These filaments are what keeps the rain out, causing it to bead on the surface and be moved away by the wind.
Chapeau Clothing's arm warmers are simply designed, function very well with a good fit at a decent price.
Chapeau Clothing is one of the newest clothing brands on the market, based in Devon and with the aim of producing quality cycle clothing with a touch of understated class, and reasonable prices.
Pearl Izumi's Elite Sun Sleeves will protect your arms against the sun's UV rays without making you uncomfortably hot.
Essentially, these are simple tubes of fabric with what Pearl Izumi call Direct-vent mesh on the bottom for extra ventilation. The top section, the bit most exposed to the sun, is rated UPF 40+, which means that it blocks over 97.5% of UV radiation.
Polaris Venom leg warmers help to ward off the chill and stay very firmly in place.
You need something on those cooler days to provide a little extra warmth. We're not talking full on winter protection, just a thin enough layer to allow the muscles to function without the cold seeping in.
The Venom arm warmers from Polaris are perfect whilst the temperatures are still pretty low first or last thing.
Arm warmers have a fairly simple brief, they must temper the chill, stay in place or once you've decided you can discard them, be easy to stash. The Venoms offer sufficient warmth to tick that particular box. They are made from a lightweight UV resistant fabric so offer a level of protection from the sun. The material itself is a mix of nylon and elastane, a combination which provides a very smooth feel on the skin and stretches well.
Thanks to Midlands based entrepreneur Guy Stanton and his aptly named Stanto Velo Protective Arm warmers, the humble chill beating jersey extensions have become a safety accessory.
Apparently, the one-time motocrosser and now regular sportive rider experienced a eureka moment having taken a nasty spill and succumbing to an equally unpleasant bout of tarmac rash that took its time about healing; denting his confidence.