The Lusso Active Aero arm warmers are as much about cutting through the air as keeping you warm. With their slim profile they are the ideal companion for fast rides in the spring and autumn.
- Pros: Unrestrictive fit, lightweight and packable
- Cons: Not especially windproof, more suited to spring and autumn temperatures
Lusso has a whole performance range which it calls Active Aero, and the majority of it is based around the aero fabric you see here in the pictures. Its design feels basically like a row of strips, the depth of fabric changing from thick to thin around the circumference. The thinking behind it is that the material keeps the turbulent air attached for longer to the garment to reduce the drag, effort and watts needed. I can't imagine it is a massive saving but the arm warmers could be a smart solution for those early and late season time trials if your skin suit only has short sleeves.
The way that the fabric is designed means the thinner sections are virtually see-through, so as far as temperature ranges go I'd say you're looking at about 7°C or 8°C before you'll start to feel the chill, especially if it is wind blowing from the north.
Should you want to wear them in the spring or summer to keep the sun off, you also get 50+ UV protection.
They are so lightweight that you could easily wear them as a layering system alongside a short-sleeved baselayer underneath a jacket or long-sleeve jersey.
The fit is really good. With so little material there is no bunching up at the inside of the elbows and the single seam that runs down through is completely unobtrusive.
They are held in place on your arm by a 45mm-deep elasticated gripper which also has little dimples on it. It totally worked and I never needed to pull them up or adjust them while riding.
Lusso doesn't have a size guide for arm warmers specifically, but these are a medium, the same size as I wear in the rest of Lusso's kit, and they fit spot on.
Value-wise, at £24.99 they are just a penny cheaper than the similar Castelli UPF 50 Light arm warmers, so well in the ballpark. A lot of the other arm warmers we've tested are similar money, tending to go up in price the more protection they give.
These won't be the only pair of warmers you'll need to get you through the winter, though.
Well made performance arm warmers for cooler rather than cold days
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Active Aero Arm Warmers
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Lusso says, "The Lusso Active Aero Arm Warmers have been designed to keep the turbulent air attached for longer to the garment thus reducing the drag, effort and watts needed on your race or ride.
"Not only does this garment take the chill off your arms they are also easily detachable making them ideal for racing or even just training rides."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Italian Aero Fabric
Anatomic Race Fit
45mm Self Arm Grip
50+ UV Ray Protection
Reflective Lusso Logo
Designed & Made in Manchester
Not a thread out of place.
Sticking with the general size guides these mediums fit exactly as they should. If you are muscular you might need to go up a size.
About the same as other arm warmers we've tested; cheaper than some.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Machine washing caused no issues at all.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For early and late season races they'll be ideal.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Windchill gets through even if the temperature isn't massively cold.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They are priced in the same ball park as other similar models we've tested.
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 Lussos offer good quality and an excellent fit, though their appeal might be limited to those who are chasing fast times.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 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.