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Arm warmers may just be tubes of fabric but there are a lot of things that designers can get wrong. DannyShane have managed to get most things right.
The DannyShane armwarmers are easy to get on. They have enough give in the fabric to allow them to get over the width of your hand and, say, a wrist mounted heart rate monitor, without being so stretchy that they slip down your arms as you ride.
They've got a soft feel which makes them comfortable to wear for long rides with no irritating seams. The only thing that does affect comfort is bunching at the elbow. They are slightly tailored to a natural bend but it's not enough and the thickish material rucks up and can be irritating.
The feel of quality is impressive. You don't hear any stitches breaking or stretching as you pull them on or off and the elastic material springs back into shape as soon as you let it go. Our test versions have the white with black stripe colour scheme.
They mark easily, so you aren't going to look smart and clean for long. Even my glove cuff marked them within a few minutes of riding. So far they are washing up fine on a 40°C cycle but after some seriously muddy rides they are starting to look a little off white. There is a black with white stripe version too.
The length is good going from wrist to just below armpit on me and once they're in position the silicone grippers either end keep them in place.
As far as temperature goes I found they were good down to about 4°C. Anything lower than that and the wind resistant material wasn't up to keeping your skin warm while you are moving. The water resistance fares a little better keeping light drizzle and road spray at bay.
On the whole the DannyShane warmers are a decent bit of kit with great build quality and fit. In terms of performance and comfort they aren't as good as my current favourites, Castelli's Thermoflex though. The Castellis are a few quid cheaper too.
Excellent fit and robust material, annoying bunching at the elbows though
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Make and model: Danny Shane Arm Warmers
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"Our new DS Arm Warmers are designed to bring you additional wind and cold protection while riding without limiting your movement or style."
They are up against some stiff opposition from the likes of Castelli's Thermoflex and falter slightly.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Black or white options
*Sizing S to XL
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Reasonably comfortable apart from the bunching at the elbows. The grippers top and bottom means they don't move though.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The decent build quality.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Bunching and how quickly the white marks.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Decent enough arm warmers but lack anything that really makes you go 'wow'. I can understand the appeal to colour coordinate your kit but the competition is strong.
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
I've been riding for: 10-20 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,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!