The unisex Craft knee warmers are essentially simple tubes of stretchy polyester with cosy fleece on the inside to keep you warm. As such, they do their job well, but this doesn't warrant the exorbitant price tag – especially as their superior Craft 3D knee warmers can be found for £25.
Thanks to the 13% elastane these knee warmers are a comfortable and snug fit. They do crease around the knee but this doesn't affect comfort. They are a good length for extra warmth and there is just one flatlocked seam up the inside leg.
Craft says they are an anatomic shape but both legs look the same to me. No matter, helpfully there are L and R reflective arrows on them, plus a usefully large reflective Craft logo on the outer calf for visibility to motorists.
They certainly feel soft and warm against the skin. Breathability is what you'd expect for this type of fabric, and they roll up small enough to easily fit in a jersey pocket so you can take them off when the sun comes out.
At the top there is an elastic cuff with a silicone band, both inside and outside, which holds them in place well, but the narrow cuff means it caused a bit of an unsightly bulge above it. If you're blessed with thighs of steel this won't be an issue, but ladies take note.
No-frills unisex knee warmers that'll keep you cosy but at a steep price
road.cc test report
Make and model: Craft Knee Warmer
Size tested: Size XS/S
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?
Craft says: "Lightweight and elastic knee warmer with brushed inside and ergonomic shape."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
ThermoCool® fabric is made of two polyesters and has a brushed inside
87% polyester, 13% elastane
Anatomically shaped warmers
Silicone leg grippers
Ergonomically placed seams
Does what it say - keeps your knees warm.
Wrinkles around knee.
If you're between sizes, size down. I needed the XS/S, the smallest of the three sizes.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Machine wash 40 degrees.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They kept my legs warm (in the dry) and were very easy to pull on and off.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good length, cosy feel.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The price and unflattering leg band.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Not unless price was very reduced.
Use this box to explain your score
These are decent basic warmers but overpriced for what they are, considering they lack features such as wind or water resistance. If they were £15 cheaper like comparable warmers (Caratti Thermal, see review) they would have scored an 8.
About the tester
I usually ride: Marin Point Reyes 29er My best bike is: Giant Anthem X1
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, mtb, Audax