By Tim Wiggins
Arm Warmers. Leg Warmers. Knee Warmers. Three cycle clothing accessories that are incredibly versatile, yet simple in design and use. Warmers can transform an outfit from a warm weather set-up to a cold conditions get-up. But, what is there to know about warmers? Which warmers are right for you?
GripGrab has a comprehensive range of arm warmers, leg warmers and knee warmers: from thermal fabrics, to lightweight sun protection. Picking the correct kind of accessory can make a huge difference to comfort levels, so let us take a closer look at what the range is composed of…
The thermal range of warmers from GripGrab is known as our 'Classic' range. These warmers are designed to add warmth (you probably guessed that) and comfort for colder days.
The Leg Warmers Classic will help to turn your summer bib shorts into winter-worthy full-length tights. The brushed fleecy backing provides insulation, and the outer fabric provides wind protection. The great thing about leg warmers is that they mean you can continue to use those favourite summer shorts all year round.
The Arm Warmer Classic are fantastic for creating a full-sleeve autumn/winter top. Combine them with a thicker short sleeve jersey and a thermal base layer, and you have an outfit that will keep you warm even in tough conditions. A top tip is that in really cold conditions you can wear these arm warmers underneath your full-length winter jacket, as an additional layer of insulation that will help to keep warm blood flowing to your hands.
The Knee Warmer Classic are a good transition season piece, which will keep your knee joints supple and ache-free. Keeping the blood around your knees warm is one of the best ways to avoid injury.
The Classic arm warmers and leg warmers are also available in HI-VIS versions, which are fantastic for commuting and riding in low-light conditions. The fluorescent colour stands out against dark skies, and helps to make your spinning legs and arm signals a lot more visible.
Sometimes the conditions are not so much 'cold', but rather 'cool'. Think of those early morning starts and long mountain descents. For these conditions you demand a lightweight layer that can be easily added or removed, without the full bulk of thermal protection.
The Arm Warmers Light are one of the most popular products in the GripGrab range. They provide lightweight protection for your arms, and will help keep your hands a lot warmer too. When things heat up, they are lightweight enough that you can take them off and barely notice them in your jersey pocket.
The Leg Warmers Light are equally a very useful accessory. On long distance bike tours, these are a fantastic option to keep the early morning chill off, whilst still being packable enough to stow away once the sun reveals itself.
Light arm warmers and leg warmers are perfect for springtime riding, and for those cool summer mornings and evenings.
Water resistant arm warmers and leg warmers are an excellent solution in less perfect weather conditions. The fabric coating encourages water to bead-up and roll off the surface, rather than soaking in. The products are also impressively wind-proof, so they help to reduce wind-chill factor.
AquaRepel warmers are not as thermally insulating as the 'Classic' range, which means they can be used in the summer and transition season months to reduce the stinging rain and wind, but without causing you to overheat.
Arm Warmers AquaRepel are similar in weight to the Arm Warmers Light, but with the added water-resistant protection to keep your arms dry and comfortable.
Leg Warmers AquaRepel will help to shield your shins and knees from road and trail spray from below, and from rainfall from above.
If the water repellence of your AquaRepel warmers has faded over time, then you can restore them by using a wash-in waterproof formula such as NikWax TX-Direct, and then air-dry them on a washing line.
Your skin is a delicate thing, and in the hot summer months UV rays can cause lifelong damage if you don't cover up properly. The GripGrab UV Sleeves are summer arm warmers that are super lightweight, but provide a 100% shield from harmful UV rays. If you live or ride in a hot climate that lacks shade, then these are essential to keep you safe and comfortable.
Let's finish with a useful tutorial: a step-by-step guide on how to take arm warmers off safely, whilst you ride. That means less stopping time, and more time to ride.
We hope that our range of arm warmers, leg warmers, and knee warmers will allow you to get out and ride, whatever the weather. Protect your limbs from the cold, rain and sun, and you will ride further, in greater comfort.
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