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ETC Snug Arm Warmers



Good cool weather performance and a great fit – not just for those on a budget
Close fit
Grippers keep them in position
An impressive price
Not thick enough for winter temperatures

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These ETC Snug Arm Warmers share many of the same attributes of more expensive sleeves but cost just a tenner. They offer a good fit, they stay put, and work in temperatures typically found in early spring and late autumn.

Arm warmers are a pretty simple concept: a tube of material to keep your arms warm when paired with a short sleeve jersey. ETC's take on this little wardrobe staple is impressive for the money.

First up, rather than just a single seam, the Snug warmers have a second one that creates a sort of elbow area. I found this to help with the flex, and stopped any material bunching on the inside of the elbow. They aren't exactly 'shaped', but this really helps.

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To keep them in position at the top there are a couple of silicone bands which do the job. I didn't feel as though they caused any unnecessary pressure points.

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The wrists kind of take care of themselves.

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Sizing-wise there are three options: small/medium, medium/large and large/x-large; I've been using the smallest. The distributor doesn't have a size guide on its website, but I'd say go with your gut instinct: if you generally wear a medium/large jersey, then that's the size to go for.

I usually wear a medium jersey, and though I didn't find the small/medium too small, I would have liked a little more length, hence I'd go up a size.

When it comes to their ideal temperature range, I'd say you are looking at around the high single figures, from around 7°C, up to about 15°C. They aren't quite thick enough for really cold winter temperatures and there is no windproofing as such, so icy northerly winds will make their way through.

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One thing is for sure, though, they pack down very small, so they'll fit in a jersey pocket without taking up much room. 

At just £10 these are some of the cheapest arm warmers we've ever tested, and they certainly don't feel like ETC has scrimped anywhere when it comes to the fabric or build quality.

Neat little touches like reflective logos on the wrist are a bonus, although Emma did notice that hers started to peel off on the ETC leg warmers she was testing.

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Galibier consistently delivers on the price per performance balance, as seen here on the Ardennes II arm warmers. Two different fabrics are used to give increased protection from the elements, and they are shaped specifically for each arm. They are a bargain at £19.58, but that also highlights how cheap the ETCs are.

The UK-made Lusso Active Aero arm warmers offer a similar performance to the ETCs, being more for cooler temperatures than cold ones. They'll set you back £24.99, though.

Overall, for a little bit of extra warmth when riding early or late on a spring/autumn day, the ETC Snug arm warmers can't really be faulted. Cheap and cheerful while retaining decent quality and design.


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Make and model: ETC Snug Arm Warmers

Size tested: Small/Medium

Tell us what the product is for

These are lightweight arm warmers that will give decent protection from the weather, from early spring through to late autumn.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Moore Large lists:

Waterproof No

Gender Unisex, Adult

Colour Black

Fabric 94/6 Polyester/Elastane

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Sizing seems realistic to the UK demographic.

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How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Absolutely no issues whatsoever going through the washing machine plenty of times.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

They fit well and keep you warm.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

All-round quality and performance for the price.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

They won't quite see you through the depths of winter.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

Very cheap compared with most of the arm warmers on the market, without sacrificing on quality.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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They're very good, with some great design features that can be found on arm warmers two or three times the price. They're not ideal for really cold winter temperatures, but they'll get plenty of use on those early spring and late autumn days.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  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,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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