Arm Warmers Buying Guide
Hey, you know those things hanging out of your sleeves? They’re called your arms, and chances are if you’re riding in Australia you’ll need to protect them from a wide variety of elements. A pair of arm warmers is a good place to start. Despite being compact and lightweight, arm warmers will help keep your arms warm and dry on freezing rides.
Arm warmers are commonly made of Lycra, but sometimes have a fleece backing. They are best worn with a short sleeve jersey for provide coverage from the wrist to just below the shoulder. The sleeve of the jersey should be worn over the arm warmer to help keep it in place. Some warmers will include silicone grippers at the upper arm opening for stability and to prevent slippage.
What happens some days (particularly on longer riders) is that you start out very cold, but as both you and the day around you warm up, you no longer require all the layers you did when you set out. Enter warmers, which are most commonly worn on the arms and knees, and simply slide on and off the exposed skin when required. This allows you to stay warm early on, then as the sun comes out you simply pull off said warmers on the go, without needing to stop the bike. They're then small enough to easily tuck away into your jersey pockets for the rest of the ride.