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Verdict: 
Well made performance arm warmers for cooler rather than cold days
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46g
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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.

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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.

Lusso Active Aero Arm Warmer - cuff.jpg

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 Active Aero Arm Warmer - gripper.jpg

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.

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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.

Verdict

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?

Lusso lists:

Italian Aero Fabric

Anatomic Race Fit

45mm Self Arm Grip

50+ UV Ray Protection

Reflective Lusso Logo

Machine Washable

Designed & Made in Manchester

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Not a thread out of place.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
9/10

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.

Rate the product for weight:
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

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

Great fit.

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.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

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

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!