The Cyclogy Super Roubaix arm warmers cover a good range of temperatures, making them ideal for winter rides as well as those chilly spring and autumn mornings. They fit really well and are very soft on the skin too.
- Pros: Super-soft fabric, great fit
- Cons: Thick seam compared to knitted versions
If you've never worn them you'll be surprised just how versatile a pair of arm warmers can make your clothing, especially when the weather is a little bit unpredictable.
Many of the newest arm warmers on the market use the latest fabrics or coatings to offer windproofing and water resistance, but the Cycologys(ies?) are all about keeping you warm.
The Super Roubaix fabric is soft to the touch, and with its fleecy pile on the skin side they feel great against your arms even when wet.
The material traps body heat and I found they keep you toasty down to a few degrees centigrade above freezing while at the other end I'd say about 10-12°C before things start getting a bit clammy, especially if you are riding hard.
They are a little bulkier than some warmers but will still roll up and fit into a jersey pocket easily if you do need to take them off mid-ride.
They are available in three sizes with a guide to what you need on the Cycology website. These mediums fitted my dimensions perfectly and I was impressed with the fit. They are held in place at the shoulder with a rubber style gripper and it works a treat – I had no issues with the arm warmers slipping down.
The other end, the cuff, doesn't use anything for retention, but the stretchiness of the fabric means they stay put too.
Some brands shape their warmers for comfort when in the riding position but Cycology hasn't done that. I did notice a little bit of bunching but it was neither annoying nor uncomfortable.
I had thought the large seam that runs from top to bottom would be, but that turned out to be totally unfounded. I usually prefer warmers that have been knitted into a tube, which removes the seam, but Cycology has positioned its logos so that when you are wearing them the seam isn't in the way.
Going for bright silver, Cycology obviously wants to get its logo noticed and not just in the daylight as it is actually reflective – ideal for a little bit more notice of your indication to following traffic in the dark.
I was also very impressed with the finish and build quality of these warmers. The stitching is neat and tidy and they are beautifully finished throughout.
They'll set you back £25, which is a pretty normal price for such items, though you can pay more. The Lusso Active Aero Arm Warmers are £24.95, while Primal's Trimotif Thermal warmers are cheaper at £20, but the Cycology versions are much better for use at lower temperatures. A quick glance at our reviews shows you can pay a lot more for warmers from the likes of Pedal Ed, Assos and Pearl Izumi...
Warm and comfortable arm warmers that will see you through the winter into the spring
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Cycology Super Roubaix Arm Warmers
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Cycology says, "When it's cold & drisly, or just a little cool - slip these super-comfy arm warmers on."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made from Italian thermal fabric 'Super Roubaix' which is fleece lined, lightweight, warm, soft and very comfortable.
This thermal fabric stays comfortable even when wet and is quick drying.
Reflective CYCOLOGY print for added safety in the dark.
Silicone gripper elastic at arm and wrist
Spot on to the size guide.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No issues at all with just flinging them in the wash with the rest of your kit.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They keep the wind out and keep you warm.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Excellent quality and fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I wouldn't say I really dislike anything, even the seam is unobtrusive.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They're at the lower end of the range, still a little more than some (Primal), but less - in some case a lot less - than others.
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
Simple in terms of design and function against some of the opposition, but really deliver all the attributes they need to.
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.