DeFeet Kneekers are seamless knee warmers. High in comfort and stretch, they're are ideal for autumn cycling.
These knee warmers from DeFeet, a company better known for their range of socks and gloves, are made from a single seamless tube of Coolmax/Lycra material. They're longer than most knee warmers and that means they can cover the legs well above and below the knee, providing extra insulation on cold autumn rides.
Typically, knee warmers are anatomically shaped for comfort around the knee, as it goes through the pedalling cycle. These Kneekers instead rely on the stretch of the 45% Lycra fabric, and despite their simple tube shape, they were perfectly comfortable. The comfort is also improved due to the lack of silicone gripper tape or heavily elasticated openings - the length and stretch of the fabric used easily kept them in place on the legs.
They provide good protection from the cold and rain without any hint of overheating. An Aireator mesh is used in the back panel, which improves heat regulation and also contributes to the comfort, but allowing extra flexibility.
Knee warmers are a vital component of a cyclist's outfit at this time of year. Getting a good fitting pair that are comfortable can be tricky. These DeFeet Kneekers are easily the most comfortable I've tested. Great in a range of temperature conditions and the generous length provides a good overlap with bib shorts.
If you want a bit more warmth, there's a Merino wool version too.
Really comfortable knee warmers with a bit more length than most that cope with range of temperatures.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: DeFeet Kneekers Knee Warmers
Size tested: Black
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?
No vertical seam construction and an Aireator mesh behind the knee allow Kneekers to feel smooth and supple while pedaling. One size fits all.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Nice one-piece seamless construction avoids uncomfortable seams.
Several washing machine cycles and a range of weather conditions sees them still in brand new condition.
Soft next to the skin and comfortable conform to the legs when pedalling, with just the right amount of pressure with no tightness.
Autumn is the season for knee warmers, they're essential, and the performance and comfort these offer for £20 makes them a good buy.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A top-notch knee warmer, one of the most comfortable I've tested.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The length. Seamless construction.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Brilliant knee warmers.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.