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Where To Buy Leg Warmers

At Ornot we are firm believers in modular systems. Our leg warmers and thermal bibs shorts are the perfect examples of this system. Our circular knit leg warmers are so stretchy, you'll hardly know they're on, except for keeping your legs warm. Made with Q-NOVA recycled and traceable nylon, the stretch knit warmers excel at temps from 42-65 degrees (hello San Francisco). Each leg is designed with different stretch patterns to insulate and articulate while pedaling. The circular knit construction avoids bulk and reduces waste in the manufacturing process.

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Tester Ash writes: Featuring the mid-weight style of the Aeron Rain Defence range, these arm warmers are well up to the task of insulating you from the cold. The rain resistance they offer is very impressive, while the thickness of the fabric provides insulation even if water manages to seep through, which it did on one occasion in a fantastic 20-minute deluge. No shame there, though, for in all other showery and light prolonged rainfall they stood up impressively well. I'd happily rely upon them for any conditions considered 'reasonable'.

ETC's take on this little wardrobe staple is impressive for the money. 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.

"Overall, the FS260 leg warmers are high quality and offer great protection from the elements, whether that be cold, wind, light rain or all three at once. They're well priced and have some good features (such as decent sized zips, reflective accents and silicone grippers), but the lack of stretch results in a small amount of wrinkling around the knee, and it's hard to see the two sizes suiting everyone."

Tester Mat says These arm warmers aren't thick so I thought they'd let more air through than Rapha's standard (and 5 cheaper) fleece-backed arm warmers. But wearing them side-by-side (not a classic look, admittedly), I'd say they offer about the same level of insulation. There's really not much in it either way, meaning they're a good weight for autumn and spring. They're certainly considerably warmer than skinny Lycra options.

Tester Mat says: They're 95% fine merino with 5% elastane (Lycra) in there to provide extra stretch and a bit of added durability. The wool feels super-comfy against your skin and offers a surprising amount of warmth given the light weight - about as much as a pair of roubaix warmers, give or take. (I wore a roubaix knee warmer on one leg and a merino one on the other leg to check. I think I got away with it. People thought it was a fashion statement).

Tester Ash writes: "These leg warmers are every inch the quality product we've come to expect from Pearl Izumi, and are very nearly the equal of their arm and knee warmers. Nearly? It comes down to whether or not you like a an ankle zip on your leg warmers. An ankle zip allows you to get your foot through far easier when putting them on and taking them off, saving stretching stitching with your toes or heel. The downside is the potential for the zip to rub slightly, and possibly a slightly looser fit.

"In this case, Pearl Izumi has nailed the cut brilliantly when they're zipped up, just like a trusty pair of Altura leg warmers I've owned for years. Add in the ease of getting them on and off, and it's made a convert of me.

"Like the knee warmers, the legs feature a cut that assists with easy bending at the knee, with very little in the way of bunching as a side effect. Coupled with the fleece backing and stretch of the material, they're some of the most comfortable leg warmers I've worn. The fabric has been infused with Pearl Izumi's PI water repellency treatment, which once again provides a surprisingly resilient barrier to water ingress."

Sportful's NoRain arm warmers are comfortable, with a fleecy inner and a surprisingly water-resistant outer. The styling is subtle and they offer protection that can simply be rolled up and popped in a jersey pocket when not needed. The price is good too.

Knee warmers are a great addition to your outfit in changeable weather conditions, and the temperature range that these Sportfuls work in makes them ideal for spring through to autumn. I found them plenty warm enough from around 8C through to about 15C.

These are the companion arm warmers to Pearl Izumi Elite's Thermal Knee Warmers, above, and they're just as good. In fact, if you run hot you might find that you're perfectly comfortable in them down to actual freezing temperatures.

Castelli Nanoflex kneewarmers combine two handy functions, keeping your knees both warm and dry. The fabric incorporates silicone filaments that keep the rain out, causing it to bead on the surface and be moved away by the wind.

These arm warmers are from Stolen Goat's Orkaan winter range are made from the same material as their bib tights, so you get a comfortable brushed inner surface and a degree of protection against the cold and wet. They have a section of reflective Pixel material which is a great idea, giving some much needed side visibility for night-time riding.

As arm warmers go, Craft's are at the upper end of the scale, both in the design and technology that has gone in to them and in price. They are nevertheless amazingly good value in terms of versatility, usefulness and all-round ride comfort.

Nanoflex aside, these are good leg warmers in their own right, coming with just one flatlock stitched seam up the back, which I haven't found at all irritating. The elasticated gripper has silicone on the inside to hold it against your leg, and on the outside to keep it in place against your shorts. I've never had any trouble there. A YKK zip at the back makes getting them on and off easy, even over your shoes.

Most warmers use silicone strips to grab your skin, although some very carefully-designed models manage to stay up without it. Some also have silicone on the outside to grab your shorts legs or jersey sleeves to keep them in place too.

LastBoyScout: "I've got the Castelli Nanoflex knee and leg warmers and they're brilliant. However, the matching arm warmers were a terrible fit (unless you have really skinny arms) and the thin lycra panel means they don't keep your arms warm.

portec: "I can vouch for the dhb Regulate leg warmers. I only purchased them recently so I don't know how they'd fare in mid-winter but for chilly Spring mornings I found them ideal. They're also not uncomfortably warm that you're forced to take them off as the temperature rises. The fabric is light and very stretchy so they're comfortable to wear - I barely notice them - and they're very easy to put on and take off. I love the rubber grip on the outside of the tops that grips the shorts so they don't move even on a long ride. I wore them on the recent Paris-Roubaix sportive over 170km and they stayed put for the entire ride, even as I was being shaken to bits over 54km of rough cobbles! Overall I'm very impressed."

notonthis: "Big fan of the Galibier arm & leg warmers. By far the best I have owned and actually designed to fit the body rather than a tube of material. Great grippers as well, never shift while on the bike.

stevio1967: "I've had several pairs of Gore's 2.0 Universal arm & knee warmers including some bright neon knee warmers, and used them extensively. I did just buy some "medium" Aldi arm warmers with reflective sleeves nr the cuffs as a low cost alternative to the Lusso Night ones, however on delivery they barely fit my wife and won't go over my hands, never mind forearms.

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We've upgraded to a dyed black fabric that uses 100% sustainable recycled fibers with the most environmental friendly dyeing and finishing processes with no compromise on the performance of the fabrics. We've added a third panel to our leg warmers for less bunching behind the knee and a silicone gripper at the thigh opening to keep them in place. Available in XS-2XL.

These are adaptable leg warmers; you can use as a design thing or wear them with booties or boots. They are perfect while going to the exercise center, amid cool climate, or amid winter sports. They are 18 inches long; the greatest width they can extend is additionally 18 inches. They are scratchy and delicate as they are made of 95 percent acrylic and 5 percent spandex. They are accessible in one size that can fit on everybody.

For many of us, simply thinking of leg warmers might resurrect memories of the 80s, the movie Fame, or any number of dance class moments we experienced personally. Maybe you never experienced the 80s or have no idea what leg warmers are.

Leg warmers are like a sock, but with a hole cut out for the toes so dancers and ballerinas can slip them over their shoes to keep their legs and feet warm. Leg warmers help dancers keep their feet, and ankles warm, and they are worn before, during and/or after dancing to prevent cramping and/or injury.

For dancers wearing leg warmers can help prevent injuries before they start, and are very handy, especially when dancing in the colder months for helping muscles to warm up faster and be less likely to experience cramping.

Many leg warmers made by dance manufacturers have a stirrup option so that they fit under the arch. This leaves the heel, metatarsal, and toe areas to be unaffected by wearing them. This way, the ballet slippers or pointe shoes are still in contact with the floor in the same way they would be without the leg warmers.

Leg warmers have bounced on and off of the trend train several times, and will probably continue to do so as time goes on (yikes). Like many other fashion fads, they seem to be on the every 20ish year comeback cycle, reemerging with a swift kick of energy for a few years, then just as quickly being ushered out by the sound of in coming bell-bottoms, or some other reappearing fad. 041b061a72


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