Lusso has been expanding its Active Aero range and these leg warmers join the arm warmers in taking the chill off while providing a bit of a wind-cheating advantage. With their thin construction they are more suited to spring and autumn use, making them ideal for those early and late season races.
- Pros: Shaped for a comfortable fit, material is very soft
- Cons: Not warm enough for full winter use
The Italian made Aero fabric is what gives the warmers their name. The fabric is 75% nylon, 20% Lycra and 5% polyester, but the clever bit is that it has thicker strips separated by thin ones, designed to keep the turbulent air attached for longer and thus reducing the drag on your legs. How much effect it has is hard to gauge, but I know plenty of riders who'll seek out every tiny gain they can, and thanks to the warmers' lightweight construction I can see the benefits for those road racers, cyclo-crossers and time triallists who are competitive in the chillier months.
If you want something for the deepest of winter weather, these aren't your best option. The material of the narrow strips is quite thin so it can let windchill in much more noticeably than the rest of the fabric. If you are heading into an icy northerly breeze you are going to feel it.
Quality is very impressive, and it is always great to see that Lusso can produce such high end products in Manchester without sky high prices. All of the stitching is neat throughout, with the whole product having a great finish.
The leg warmers are made with one seam that runs from top to bottom at the back of the leg, then there is another which runs around the back of the knee which creates the bent shape to suit your leg when on the bike. I'm not a fan of anything that can rub during a ride, and normally prefer the vertical seam to be positioned on the inside of my leg. Thankfully, there was no such issue as both seams are quite unobtrusive and soft. They shaping thing definitely aids comfort too.
The material has plenty of stretch and with the shaping you don't get any bunching of material anywhere.
The bottom of the leg doesn't use anything special for retention but I never had any issues with them riding up, and the 45mm gripper at the thigh keeps things in place too.
Value-wise I don't think they are overpriced. True, some other warmers on the market for the same price are thick enough to wear throughout winter, those like the dhb Aeron Rain Defence leg warmers, for instance. You could easily spend a lot more, though – the Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal warmers are £59.99.
On the whole, the Lussos may not have the massive thermal qualities that others out there do, but they bring something different to the game for the fast riders who don't want to be restricted, at a reasonable price.
Not the warmest but an excellent fit and lightweight fabric makes them ideal for the racers
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Active Aero Leg Warmer
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Lusso says, "The Lusso Active Aero Leg 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 legs 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 Leg Grip
50+ UV Ray Protection
Reflective Lusso Logo
Designed & Made in Manchester
Plenty of length and width thanks to the stretchy material. I wear a medium in all of Lusso's kit and these were spot on.
An added bonus is a lack of any labels to irritate.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Lusso recommends a 40 degree machine wash and there have been no issues with cleaning them.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Some of the most comfortable leg warmers I've worn, offering no restriction when riding hard.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not a major criticism considering their design, but windchill will get through.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
You can get warmer leg warmers for around the same money but the overall quality and performance of the Lussos means they stand up against their more expensive competitors.
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 may or may not achieve aero benefits in the real world, but with an excellent shaped cut and very stretchy material they are very comfortable to ride in. Well made too.
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.