Previously on road.cc we've tested Pace Roubaix arm-warmers from dhb. Now we've got a pair of dhb Pace Roubaix leg-warmers to go with them.
When the weather it too mild for full winter cycling gear, but there's still a nip in the air, then it might be time to consider a pair of leg-warmers. In fact if you live in one of the milder parts of the country you could probably use these with no problem for most of the winter too.
As their name implies, these items are designed cover each leg, from thigh to ankle. In case you're wondering, they're also designed to wear with a pair of shorts.
You can wear them with your favourite shorts all day, instead of a pair of long tights, but the real benefit of leg-warmers is flexibility: on a spring sportive or long training ride, you can start off wearing them to ward off the early morning chill, and take them off later when the sun comes out. They'll fit into a back pocket on your cycling jersey if you're not carrying too much other stuff.
Having said that, these Pace Roubaix leg-warmers are made from a medium density fabric, smooth on the outside, and slightly fleecy on the inside, so they may feel a little bit bulky in your back pocket. But they keep your legs nice and warm. If you want something less bulky, pure lycra leg-warmers are available, but they don't keep your legs so cosy. You pays your money and takes your choice.
When it comes to style and cut, these leg-warmers are excellent. Whereas some leg-warmers are pretty much a tapered cylinder of fabric, the dhb versions are made from five separate panels to give an 'anatomical' shape - ie, they've got a bend half way down, to match the bend in your leg. This means less material to ruck uncomfortably on the inside of your knee on each pedal up-stroke.
To keep the leg-warmers in place at both ends there are silicon grippers round the inside of the ankle cuff, and around the inside and outside of the thigh cuff to ensure they don't slip down from under your shorts to reveal that annoying and very unstylish inch of bare skin.
The Pace Roubaix leg-warmers are available only in black, with a very thin line of white around the ankle cuff. For night-riders, there's a reflective tab sewn into the seam at the back of the knee. One leg also carries the dhb logo - also reflective.
A pair of dhb Pace Roubaix arm-warmers costs £21.99 from the Wiggle on-line store. This compares well with other brands of leg-warmer made from similar materials, where you can pay anywhere between £25 and £50.
Well-made, good-value leg-warmers - idea for spring and autumn riding.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Pace Roubaix leg warmers
Size tested: S
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Wiggle website says the dhb leg-warmers boast a 'pre-contoured construction offering a superior fit made from super stretch, brushed Italian Fabric ... offering a superior fit over the standard tapered tube design. The material offers both good stretch and thermal properties ensuring that the user is kept warm and comfortable.' After a few test-rides in chilly conditions, we can't argue with that.
It's too early to comment on long term durability, but fabric and construction quality indicate this will be good
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 50 Height: 5ft 10 / 178cm Weight: 11 stone / 70kg
I usually ride: an old Marin Alp My best bike is: an old Giant Cadex
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, club rides, sportives, mtb,