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ETC Zip Off Leg Warmers

7
£24.00

VERDICT:

7
10
A good solution to keeping your legs warm pre and post-ride
Easy to put on and off
Good warmth
Range of sizes
Zip can irritate
Logo cracks very easily
Weight: 
137g

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The ETC Zip Off Leg Warmers are designed for wearing before and after a workout or event, designed so you can whip them off without having to remove your shoes before the start of your ride. The zips cause a few comfort issues for extended warm-ups, but their simplicity takes away the faff. They aren't a bad price either.

If you've ever done early season races, or events that start at the crack of dawn, you'll know all about trying to keep warm before the off. I used to time-trial, and remember spending plenty of time standing about in a freezing cold layby waiting for my push-off. Even getting to the start line as close as possible to the off, you can still get cold very quickly. This is where the ETCs come into their own.

With a full zip on each warmer, they are easy to put on and off quickly without removing shoes. This makes them not only ideal for road race events, but off-road stuff including mountain bike or gravel and cyclo-cross events, what with the shoes being bulkier and the ground often being wet and muddy. You don't want to be dipping a sock down before the race start.

2021 ETC Zip Off Leg Warmers - zip ankle unzipped.jpg

The zip itself starts at the top, at the thigh, so when the warmers are fully done up it finishes down by your ankle, which stops the zip digging into a fleshy thigh.

2021 ETC Zip Off Leg Warmers - zip ankle.jpg

They come in a range of sizes from XXS to XL; I'd say go for the same size you wear in normal tights, unless you have large thighs, in which case go up a size.

The zip doesn't flex as well as the rest of the fabric, so they can feel a little uncomfortable if you are moving around a lot. I tried a few sessions on the turbo as if to replicate warming up, and I found the zip track to be a little irritating.

2021 ETC Zip Off Leg Warmers - zip detail.jpg

In truth, I'd normally take them off to warm the leg muscles, and quickly put them back on as soon as the warm-up was finished. I wouldn't want to be wearing them riding to or from an event.

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The material is fleece backed and I found them plenty warm enough even when not warming up at just above freezing.

If you like your kit to look spick and span, you might be a bit disappointed that the logos crack as soon as the fabric has been stretched a few times.

2021 ETC Zip Off Leg Warmers - logos.jpg

Otherwise the quality is good. All the seams are neat and tidy, and the zip runs smoothly up and down.

An elasticated strip at the top of the warmer keeps it in place too.

2021 ETC Zip Off Leg Warmers - gripper.jpg

There aren't that many fully zipped leg warmers on the market, but their price of £24 compares well with Endura's FS260-Pro Thermal Full Zip leg warmers at £35.99.

Overall, the ETCs are a neat solution for keeping you warm before or after an event, and they are competitively priced. I just found that the lack of flex in the zip area makes them a bit irritating for actually riding/warming up in.

Verdict

A good solution to keeping your legs warm pre and post-ride

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road.cc test report

Make and model: ETC Zip Off Leg Warmers

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

They are leg warmers you can put on/take off without removing your shoes. Ideal for pre and post event.

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

ETC lists:

* Fleece Lined

* Full length Zip for easy on & off

* Warm up and don't need to stretch over shoes

* Great for MTB and Cyclocross

* Elasticated Top and Ankle

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
7/10

They come in a large range of sizes, and while ETC doesn't provide a size guide I'd say stick with your normal shorts/tights size. Go up a size if you have larger than normal thighs though.

Rate the product for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

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

They wash fine, although the logos do crack and look tired quickly.

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

Quick to put on and take off, and keep you warm while on.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Simple solution for fitting and removal.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Zips can irritate if you are using them to warm up in.

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

There aren't currently that many fully zipped leg warmers on the market, only really the Enduras I mention in the review which are over a tenner more.

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

Overall, the ETCs are good quality and work well at keeping you warm and toasty, at a decent price.

Overall rating: 7/10

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,

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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