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Velocio Leg Warmer



Perfect for cool-to-mild, dry days and with no risk of sausage leg – and they fit easily in a back pocket
Left/right tailoring
Easily fit in a rear pocket
No aggressive gripper
Fit could rely on compressive shorts

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The Velocio Leg Warmers offer excellent protection in cool-to-mild temperatures and are particularly suited to dry conditions. They fold down nicely to an easily portable bundle, making them ideal for days when you might want to start the ride wearing them, before you peel them off to get some sun on your legs when things warm up.

> Buy now: Velocio Leg Warmers for £53 from Velocio

We had some pretty mild weeks through December, which provided ample opportunity to test out Velocio's standard leg warmers – Velocio also makes a Thermal version that I'll be reviewing shortly. However, even though the ones I tested don't carry a thermal label, they certainly offered better protection than I'd anticipated. The lightweight, silk-like fabric belies the warmers' protection.

Fabrics and fit

They're made from a blend of 74% polyamide and 26% elastane that unusually for Velocio is not recycled, and it glides effortlessly over your skin. There's no fleecy lining – cosy certainly isn't a good description here. Cool and silky is a more accurate way of describing the feel when you pull the warmers on. There's no kind of windproofing or water-resistant DWR treatment, which might appear to make them a pretty basic product. However, there's still a lot to like about the design and performance of Velocio's leg warmers.

2023 Velocio Leg warmer - top cuff

The warmers are tailored, so the left and right labelling guarantees that you get a perfect fit. The flat-lock seams further add to comfort, and I never sensed excessive bunching behind the knee or prickly/irritating/itchy seams when I was wearing them.

2023 Velocio Leg warmer - full 2

One of the most notable features – or perhaps an absence – is that these warmers have no aggressive silicone grippers, or indeed any kind of wide, elasticated band. I love the idea of their being no obvious thigh-anchor. After all, this can often be the cause of irritation or the dreaded 'sausage leg' effect, though I do have to admit to initially being sceptical about the lack of grippers.

2023 Velocio Leg warmer - logo tab

Velocio's warmers rely instead on their perfect fit and the elasticity of the fabric to stay put. Is this really possible? I must say I was genuinely surprised, and very happy  that they didn't slip down on any of my rides. Admittedly, I've always combined them with shorts that offer a good degree of compression – and if you wear your shorts until the compression has gone, these warmers might not be for you.

I'd say that getting the correct sizing is crucial to prevent gravity taking a hold. In the past, I've gone a size up with leg warmers in an attempt to avoid thigh squeeze. Velocio's size guide, which directs you to use the same size as you would for its bib shorts, uses both height and weight and it gave me the perfect fit. In short, don't size up.

2023 Velocio Leg warmer - detail

Given that the leg warmers rely on the material's elasticity to stay up, there's a chance that they'll begin to lose some of their staying power after a prolonged period of wearing and washing. Encouragingly, I've noted no loss of elasticity during testing, but in reality a few weeks is trivial when compared to the years of wear I'd hope to get having spent in excess of £50 on them in the first place.


The lightweight nature of these warmers doesn't result in a huge compromise where protection is concerned. They perform admirably in cool conditions around 8-12°C when they provide ample insulation without hindering your movement. And as they're 100% breathable you won't find yourself overheating either. What's more, their ability to swiftly dry out makes them a great choice if the roads are damp but it's not actually raining, or if there are very light showers about.

2023 Velocio Leg warmer - ankle detail

Another feature of Velocio's Leg Warmers that I appreciated is their portability – they roll up into a tidy package that fits easily into a rear pocket. If you're looking for leg warmers to pack into your spring training camp suitcase, these would be ideal – well-suited to cool starts and easy to peel off when the mercury rises.


As someone who wears leg warmers a lot from spring through to autumn, I feel that having several decent pairs is essential for my cycling wardrobe. And I think something that's breathable, quick drying, stays put and is packable is definitely worth spending your money on. Velocio's leg warmers tick all these boxes, and in my opinion would represent £53 well spent.

There are cheaper – and even much cheaper – options available. The £14.99 Van Rysel Cool Weather Cycling Leg Warmers haven't increased in price since Stu reviewed them back in 2021, though as he points out they're actually knee warmers rather than leg warmers!

If you need similar protection to that offered by the Velocio warmers, the Spatz Burnr 4 Season Warmers might be worth considering. Jamie rated them when he reviewed them, and they're one of our favourites in our best arm and leg warmers buyer's guide.

Many of the more expensive warmers such as the £80 7mesh Colorado Warmers boast water resistance and increased protection against the cold, so comparing them directly is a little unfair. But if you are looking for greater protection from the elements, Stu was certainly impressed with them.


I've been impressed with the Velocio leg warmers. Their optimal fit and the material's elasticity provided sufficient staying power when combined with compressive shorts to ensure that they stayed in place when I was riding. They're versatile enough for you to get your money's too, offering all-day protection in autumn and spring as well as easy-to-peel-off protection in summer.


Perfect for cool-to-mild, dry days and with no risk of sausage leg – and they fit easily in a back pocket test report

Make and model: Velocio Leg Warmer

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Velocio says: 'Zipper and gripper free, these high-stretch, ultra-soft, matte finish leg warmers employ the same proprietary performance as our beloved tights, but in a thinner, lighter package.'

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

Mid-weight 215gsm fabric

Ultra soft, no gripper and a matte finish for incredible feel

Light compression for muscle support and excellent fit

Reflective logos and trim for visibility

UPF 50+ protection from the sun

Flatlock seams

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No issues to date, but I'd have reservations about loss of elasticity in the long term, which could affect the warmers' ability to stay in place.

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

No issues.

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

Brilliant in dry, mild-to-cool conditions.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

No gripper or silicone at the thigh.

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

Middle-to-upper end of the price spectrum. Of the ones we've tested, Spatz and Van Rysel are cheaper, 7mesh surpasses the price of the Velocio leg warmers. Without considering quality or comfort, dhb's Regulate Light Leg Warmers are potentially on a par in terms of performance, and at just £22 they are less than half the price of the Velocio warmers.

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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Decent protection that can easily fit in your back pocket if the sun starts working. Providing you manage to get the right size, there's no risk of any thigh squeeze – happy days!

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 173cm  Weight: 64kg

I usually ride: Road  My best bike is: Carbon road.

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: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, Getting to grips with off roading too!

Emma’s first encounters with a road bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

After a couple of half decent UK road seasons racing for Leisure Lakes, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there and spent two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, then a new Belgian team of primarily developing riders, where there was less pressure, an opportunity to share her experience and help build a whole new team; a nice way to spend her final years of professional racing. 

Since retiring Emma has returned to teaching. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. In addition to the daily commute, Emma still enjoys getting out on her road bike and having her legs ripped off on the local club rides and chain gangs. She has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been rare sightings of Emma off-road on a mountain bike…

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