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Verdict: 
Straightforward arm warmers that are warm, comfortable and stay put
Weight: 
61g
Louis Garneau Arm Warmers 2
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The Louis Garneau Arm Warmers 2 do a good job of keeping your arms warm on cooler autumn rides with a minimum of fuss, and they pass the all-important 'skinny upper arm' test.

You'd think that arm warmers would be fairly easy garments to get right. A couple of tubes of fabric with elastic at either end shouldn't be that difficult to master. Yet I seem to have a drawerful that don't make the grade: too short, too long, too tight and, most annoying of all to a matchstick upper-armed cyclist like me, continually slipping down.

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Louis Garneau Arm Warmers 2 - gripper

Louis Garneau Arm Warmers 2 - gripper

Fortunately, the designers at Louis Garneau seem to have given this simple product a bit more thought than most, and have produced a pair of arm warmers that just quietly get on with the job.

Made of Heatmaxx fabric with a fleece inner surface, the warmers feel very soft, providing sufficient warmth for cool spring or autumn weather.

>> Check out our guide to autumn riding essentials here

They're a bit less stretchy than some that I've tried, but this doesn't affect the fit. They feel comfortable in all positions on the bike and, crucially, the silicone-lined upper grippers stay in place without digging in. There's no silicone on the lower cuff which means you can remove the warmers easily, even over a pair of gloves.

The fabric also offers protection against the sun, with an SPF 50 factor, but that hasn't been a problem of late...

Verdict

Straightforward arm warmers that are warm, comfortable and stay put

road.cc test report

Make and model: Louis Garneau Arm Warmers 2

Size tested: Medium, Black

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?

Louis Garneau says: "Arm Warmers 2 feature HeatMaxx fabric that has a soft brushed inside to wick moisture while retaining heat. Bicep grippers hold these warmers in place yet they're easily removed and stashed in a pocket or pack when things warm up. Reflective logos offer safety"

There's nothing more to add to that really - simple arm warmers, nothing fancy.

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

Fabric: Heatmaxx

Fabric Properties: Wicking yet warm

Reflectivity: Reflective logo

Protection: UPF/SPF 50

Extra Features: Flatlock seams, Bicep gripper

All these features seem to work as described, although I didn't get the chance to test the sunblocking properties!

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Flatlock seams keep things comfortable.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

They kept my arms warm and didn't slip down.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Washing hasn't diminished their performance.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Not the cheapest, although often on offer at Evans. (At time of writing they're just over £13.)

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

They do exactly what what they're meant to.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fact that they stayed up throughout my rides.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

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: 46  Height: 182cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride: Genesis Day One Singlespeed  My best bike is: Cannondale CAADX

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

Andy Ward works his socks off for the NHS as a GP and teaching at Leicester Medical School. After a brief foray into road racing he decided it hurt less to fall off on mud and is now most likely to be found on his cyclocross bike. He recently surprised himself by completing the Three Peaks without breaking his bike or any limbs