31 Jul Arm Warmers.
There are 13 pairs of arm warmers in a box beside me. All medium, each have been worn at least once. We have paid from 8 US$ to £45 for each of the collection. Each pair have a simple duty to warm the arms, whilst riding the bike. Not a big ask really. Most do it very well. Our last 5 arm warmer designs all were OK. We want better than OK.
Of the 13 tested by us……………in our view
3 don’t do it at all.
5 slip down the bicep during riding.
1 stops the blood flow to the fingers.
2 have a baggy wrist.
4 do everything, brilliantly.
4 don’t have enough stretch at the elbow.
7 are single material garments.
6 use between 2 and 5 materials in their construction.
3 are too thin and 3 are too thick.
8 are ergonomically shaped.
1 the colour washed out after a single wash.
2 had stitching issues after one ride.
ALL this was to find what we thought was the best garment at keeping you arms warm. In 6 weeks we will have our new “Ardennnes” arm warmers with the best features from all tested.
25mm of silicone at the bicep to keep it in place, on a lycra cuff
6 panel design to match the bend of the arm.
Roubaix fabric on 5 panels to provide pressure free warmth and windproof.
Double thickness 4 way stretch Lycra on the outside bicep to check elbow pressure.
Italian Fabrics and reflective detailing
Right and left specific.
4 needle stitch construction.
We promise these are among the best as doing a simple job.
The question is… How much should they cost?
Please send your advice on arm and leg warmer expected cost; to [email protected] We will give away 2 pair at random to all who assist.
ardent, fervent, passionné,
Un soleil ardent