With a few notable exceptions, arm warmers fall into one of two categories. You’ve got your skinny Lycra ones for summer mornings and evenings. And you’ve got your thicker, fleecy-backed thermal ones – like these ones from Sugoi – that’ll keep you warm in autumn and spring conditions.
Sugoi haven’t tried to reinvent the wheel here. These are simple tubes of mid-weight polyester/spandex that feel comfortable next to your skin and wick the sweat away effectively. They’re made to Sugoi’s usual high standards and the silicon rubber grippers hold them in place securely without being too tight.
And, to be honest, a major plus point for us is that they’re a bit more interesting to look at that the usual plain design. Available in white, red, black and blue.
Well-made mid-weight warmers in an attractive design
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Make and model: Sugoi Icon arm warmer
Size tested: M
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, they feel great in use
Would you consider buying the product? Yes; light enough for summer use and effective enough for winter riding too, so plenty of versatility
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.