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Rather than being made from Lycra or roubaix, these Campagnolo arm warmers are nylon and elastane and they're very stretchy. They're about as warm as a mid-weight roubaix fabric which means they're spot on for spring and autumn use or for cool summer mornings/evenings. I've been using them when the temperature is about 9-12°C.
As with any other arm warmers, they're ideal for rides when the temperature is likely to alter. Being so stretchy they're easy to get on and off over your gloves and they take up very little space in a rear pocket.
With a variable weave, these are shaped before you put them on with a slight bend at the elbow to minimise bunching when you're on the bike. Although they're described as 'seamless', there is a seam running down the length. It's flat-stitched, though, so you can't feel it – not that a prominent seam on your arm warmers would cause much irritation anyway. I found that the tops stayed put just fine without any silicone gripper in there.
The only thing I'd take issue with is that these are marked up as left and right specific. To me, they're the wrong way around. The Campagnolo logos have to be the right way up to be readable by your ride-mates as you effortlessly glide past, don't they? That's the way pretty much every other brand orientate them and how Campag do it on their long-sleeved jerseys – so we're saying they're labelled wrong and you need to wear them on the opposite arms.
Stretchy arm warmers made from soft nylon, ideal for spring and autumn
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Make and model: Campagnolo Seamless arm warmers
Size tested: L-XL
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?
'' Seamless arm warmer
'' Differentiated ergonomic structures
I'm not sure why they describe these as seamless because there's clearly a seam down the inside - not that it's a problem.
There are cheaper options out there in a similar style.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's not the most difficult job out there but these keep your arms warm.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The stretchiness makes for a good, close fit.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly, but there are cheaper products with a similar level of performance
Would you recommend the product to a friend? As above
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
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, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
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.