Lusso's latest Repel Corsa Arm Warmers use both the Windtex fabric found on various Lusso pieces and its Repel treatment to keep out the wind and rain. They work well and are reasonably priced too.
- Pros: Good windproofing, comfortable fit
- Cons: Narrow temperature range
Lusso has released upgrades to a lot of its autumn/winter/spring clothing range and these arm warmers are an ideal addition to something like the second generation Corsa Windtex Jersey I'm currently testing. It's a short-sleeved Gabba-style piece of apparel which, with the help of these warmers, you can turn into full sleeve.
Windtex is made by a company called Vagotex, which says this membrane regulates heat while rejecting both water and wind. Against the wind you can't really fault them, as even in the coolest of breezes your arm never differs in temperature, regardless of which part is in the wind or sheltered from it.
Temperature-wise, though, being quite thin the Corsas are good down to about 7°C, so it's not a massive temperature range like some that will go down closer to freezing. But you can keep them on for longer without starting to swelter – 14-15°C for me.
Repel is a treatment added by Lusso, and its water resistance is pretty good against light rain and drizzle, with the moisture just beading on the surface. In heavier, steady rain you'll remain pretty dry for around half an hour. They don't become uncomfortable when wet so it's not a major issue, and you don't get any colder either.
The fabric doesn't feel to have much in the way of stretch when you give them a tug between your hands, but when you pull them on they are surprisingly elastic.
I tested the medium (they are available in small through to extra-large) and they fit fine over my arms in both length and width, helped by the added central section of thinner fabric to create basically an expansion joint, which is a nice touch. It does add another seam to the mix, but as they are both soft, irritation or discomfort is never an issue.
Once in place, the upper and lower cuffs did the job of keeping them put as well.
Value-wise, at £29.99 the Lussos are great quality for the money and against the opposition, especially when you look at the small details. They are made in the UK too, which we all know can often add to the manufacturing costs.
Similar warmers we've tested lately are the PEdAL ED Shawas at £42 or the Pearl Izumi Elite Thermals for £39.99, both of which also offer water resistance and windproofing, so it's looking good for the Lussos.
Overall, the Corsas are great for cool days when there's a chance of showers in the air.
Great fitting arm warmers to battle the elements on cool rides
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Repel Corsa Arm Warmers
Size tested: One Size
Tell us what the product is for
Lusso says, "Our Repel Corsa Arm Warmers are great for riding in cool days and training. This is made to be worn with or without the Repel Corsa S/S Jersey."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Fabric is Windproof & Waterproof
* Fast Drying and Thermal
* Aero Fit – High Stretch
* Made in the UK
* Machine washable
There are no measurements on the Lusso size guide but for most brands I'd choose medium and these came up fine.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Machine or handwash on cool, 30°C and they come out fine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Great arm warmers for cool days and damp days.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Overall quality and performance.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Could do with coping with slightly lower temperatures.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The Corsas are very good in the simple world of arm warmers. They're great quality with neat solutions like the expansion strip.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.