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Van Rysel Merino Arm Warmers 900



Soft, warm and very comfortable, but go up a size
Very comfortable
Merino keeps you warm
Seams aren't noticeable at all
Size up small

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The Van Rysel Merino Arm Warmers 900 are very soft, impressively warm and – in the absence of bulky seam – comfortable too. Make sure you go up a size though, as they're small.

Merino wool is a lovely material; it's very soft, and great at regulating temperature. These Van Rysel arm warmers feel cossetting thanks to the fabric composition of 47% wool – which has its own 'give' – and 4% elastane, which gives that bit more stretch. The rest is polyamide.

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There is barely any bunching at the elbow, and despite being a patchwork of panels, there's nothing to irritate or dig in. The seams are flat and fluffy.

The way merino regulates temperature means these work over a big range. For me, that's about 12°C down to a recent cold morning ride of -2°C.

They aren't quite as thin as lycra arm warmers, but they still roll into a small enough bundle to fit in your pocket should things warm up.

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Speaking of size, I must mention the Van Rysels come up on the small side compared to many brands. Against a typical medium from Lusso or dhb, the Van Rysel M/L measures up a bit short and tight.

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I'd say I'm right on the upper limit for these, so if I was buying them for myself, I'd definitely be going for the XL/2XL.

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The overall quality is good. They look neat and tidy throughout with no signs of stray threads or weakness, which only bolsters their value further in light of the £19.99 asking price.

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That's a fiver cheaper than the Condor Merino Arm Warmers at today's price, though those have the edge when it comes to aesthetics.

The dhb Merino Arm Warmers are a few quid more expensive at £22, though they enjoy almost double the merino content at 97% (the rest is elastane). That makes them look really good value for money.


Performance wise I found the Van Rysels very good, especially considering the wide temperature range they cover. They're comfortable too, while offering decent value for money. The only downside is needing to make sure you size up.


Soft, warm and very comfortable, but go up a size

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Make and model: Van Rysel Merino Arm Warmers 900

Size tested: M/L

Tell us what the product is for

Van Rysel says, "These arm warmers have been designed for your autumn and winter outings to protect against the cold while maintaining breathability. Merino wool allows you to maintain a comfortable body temperature (keeps you warm in cool weather and cool in hot weather). The wool limits bad odours from sweating."

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

Warmth: The merino wool provides exceptional warmth and breathability.

Odour control: Body odour is limited thanks to the properties of the merino wool.

Softness: Ultra-thin, soft merino wool (18.5 microns). No itching.

Moisture management: The wool's excellent absorption capabilities help keep your body dry.

Anatomic design: The merino wool has good stretch and comfort when moving.

Wool origin: We only use wool from Merino sheep raised on farms in South Africa which do not use mulesing.

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They come up small compared to UK sizing.

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

Van Rysel recommends a 30 degree wash and drip dry. I followed that and had no issues with shrinkage, which can happen with some wool products if you aren't careful.

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

Warm and comfortable.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good range of temperatures.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing major, just the sizing is a touch small.

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

These are a similar price to the dhb warmers mentioned in the review, although the latter has a much higher merino content. They are two-thirds of the price of the Condors, but I do prefer the way those look.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, but the next size up

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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This is a well built product with plenty of warmth and comfort for the money. They do come up a little small, but the three sizes should cover most.

Overall rating: 8/10

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,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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