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Chapeau Men's Arm Warmers



Comfortable, high-quality arm warmers that keep the heat in well
Fabric keeps you warm
No slippage
No rain protection

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The Chapeau Men's Arm Warmers are simplistic in their design, but they do exactly what you want them to, fit snugly and keep you warm. They are very well made too.

Arm warmers are tubes of material, so to be honest you can't really go wrong – so long as you get a few basics right.

First of all, they need to keep your arms warm. Yes, really! Chapeau's do that very well indeed. The fleece-backed thermal fabric traps a bit of body heat without being bulky, and feels soft and smooth against the skin.

2021 Chapeau Arm Warmers Deep Ocean - cuff.jpg

For the last four or five days of this test, the temperature was barely above 3°C, and as low as -1°C. These arm warmers kept me warm while moving, even on sections into the north-easterly wind.

Obviously, we all react differently to the temperature so going that cold might not suit everyone, but I'd say they comfortably cover between 5°C and 15°C.

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Secondly, they must not slip down you arm. Chapeau has dealt with this with silicone grippers at the top, and not just for the inside to latch onto your skin – it's also on the outside to grip your jersey. The wrist end just relies on the stretch of the fabric.

2021 Chapeau Arm Warmers Deep Ocean - top cuff.jpg

It works a treat, and I never once had to adjust them mid-ride. To cover various arm lengths and diameters, Chapeau offers two sizes. Also, if this 'Deep Ocean' colour is simply too bright for you, there's a black version too.

Lastly, arm warmers need to avoid irritating seams. Some brands knit their arm warmers as a tube so there are no seams at all, but while Chapeau has joined two edges with stitching, the seam is barely noticeable and I certainly got no irritation from it.

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If you position the reflective logo on the top of your wrist, the seam runs along the inside of your arm without issue.


The £20 to £30 range is pretty common for quality arm warmers, and these fit right in. In all of the Chapeau products I've worn and tested over the years, the finish has always been very impressive, as has the durability.

The only real negative is that, unlike many warmers around £30, these have no form of water repellence. The Sportful NoRain Arm Warmers (£27) or the Lusso Repel Corsa Arm Warmers at £29.99 do, and it can be useful.

That said, the likes of the Assos Armwarmer_evo7 lack water resistance too, and are still more expensive than the Chapeaus at £35.


Yes, you can get similar performance for less elsewhere, but the Chapeau Men's Arm Warmers work very well, offer plenty of comfort and are made to a high standard.


Comfortable, high-quality arm warmers that keep the heat in well test report

Make and model: Chapeau Men's Arm Warmers

Size tested: Small/Medium

Tell us what the product is for

According to Chapeau: "Chapeau!'s Arm Warmers are for when the wind picks up and your ride turns chilly. They'll stow out of sight in your back pocket and can be deployed at a moment's notice to keep you out riding in your favourite summer jersey for longer. They're a must-have for the windy winch back to the car, for the coffee stop or those quick photo-opportunities on the hill tops."

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

Chapeau! says, "They're made with soft on the skin thermal Italian Carvico Artica fabric and are adorned with subtle, reflective details to help keep you safe at night."

All of our new warmers are build with double-sided silicon grippers to hold them in place. One side grips to your skin and the other to your base layer sleeve, guaranteeing they won't mess you around."

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Sizing guide seems spot on.

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

No issues with washing either by hand or machine.

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

They are arm warmers, and kept my arms warm...

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

No movement once in position.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

No water repellent coating.

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

For a non-water resistant arm warmer they sit at the higher end of the price range. It doesn't make them expensive, though.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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Keeping it simple doesn't mean corners can be cut, and Chapeau hasn't done that. It's focused on delivering a product that works well and hasn't scrimped on quality. That does add a little to the cost, though.

Overall rating: 7/10

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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TheBillder | 3 years ago

The Marketing! team at Chapeau! must be very disappointed in you Stu! for removing the ! from Chapeau! so often, thereby allowing the rest of us to forget for a tiny moment how irritating it is. Leave the exclamation marks to Sunday school newletters.

Welsh boy replied to TheBillder | 3 years ago

What!  You find the correct use of a company name irritating!  I bet that Toys are Us shop sign unbearable.  The one I cringe over is that little Kia car with an ap'ostrophe in its name.

TheBillder replied to Welsh boy | 3 years ago

Yes. I hated the actual shops of ToysRUs even more than the name and logo - harshly lit sexist plastic bazaars that corralled customers on the assumption that everyone was a thief.

Phones4U and Yahoo! have also reaped the whirlwind of my ire, and clearly it's powerful in taking down these awful companies.

I make an exception for Wham! though, perhaps showing my age.

Compact Corned Beef replied to TheBillder | 3 years ago

Can we keep Which? please - my mum used to get the magazines and I'd feel terribly sad if they disappeared.

TheBillder replied to Compact Corned Beef | 3 years ago

That is a very sensible use of punctuation and under no threat from me at all. I will not file them with Wham! though.

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