How to choose a good pair

How to choose a good pair

A humble pair of arm warmers is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing any cyclist can own.

They breathe additional life into all your short sleeve jerseys,  making them ideal for cooler autumnal rides or even used as an extra layer of protection beneath one of the best winter cycling jackets (opens in new tab)on freezing days. 

Equally, with the weather increasingly less predictable, the best cycling arm warmers also allow you to adapt to changing conditions. A crisp morning often evolves into a bright – or at least warmer – day. A quick pit stop to remove the warmers and you’re ready for more miles in the saddle. 

And likewise, because of their light weight and small size, they’re easily stashed in your jersey pocket or handlebar bag. Should the temperatures start to drop on the way home – or you have a chilly descent ahead – and you can quickly pull them on again to help keep warm.

Some arm warmers can even be used in sunnier climes thanks to in-built UV protection. A trip to the Alps for example can often mean plenty of warm sunshine but also much colder temperatures as you climb higher.

However, for such a simple piece of kit,  the formula for the best arm warmers for cycling can be surprisingly difficult to find.

Manufacturers occasionally struggle to design a warmer that is tight enough to not fall down while not digging in, and also long enough to cover the whole of your forearm without having baggy excess material.