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Let’s be honest, most knee warmers aren’t very interesting. There's Lycra or Roubaix tubes and… well, that’s about it. These knee warmers from Craft are different in that they’re ribbed so they’re super-stretchy and the thickness is varied between the different areas to give you extra insulation where you most need it – in the exposed section down the front.
Made from a synthetic mix, these are very, very soft and are about as warm as Roubaix – we know because we went out with a Rapha knee warmer on one leg and a Craft one on the other leg to compare them. It’s a great look – you should try it. Anyway, there really wasn’t a great deal to choose between them in terms of temperature although the ribbed weave means the Crafts mould to your leg even more closely than normal as you pedal and, with a little less fabric round the back, they ruck slightly less when you bend your knee. There’s only one seam and that’s flat-stitched so you can’t feel it, and the silicon gripper holds them in place perfectly well without irritating.
In terms of looks, they take some getting used to, but you can’t fault their comfort. A decent price too.
Warm and incredibly comfortable at a reasonable price
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Make and model: Craft 3D Knee Warmer
Size tested: M/L
Did you enjoy using the product? Very much - super comfy
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely
Age: 36 Height: 184cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.