The Pearl Izumi Unisex Elite Thermal leg warmers are considerably less expensive than the likes of Castelli and Assos, so how do they compare?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 7

Pearl Izumi Unisex Elite Thermal Leg-warmers

Pros:

  • Good value
  • Warm
  • Comfortable
  • Good grippers

Cons:

  • Slight bunching on the ankle
  • Ankle zip can irritate

Product:

Pearl Izumi Unisex Elite Thermal leg warmers

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£39.99
This product is featured in: Leg warmers and knee warmers: a buyer’s guide.

Made from Pearl Izumi’s Elite Thermal Fleece fabric, these leg-warmers feature a thin fleecy inner lining that feels soft and comfortable against the skin, while offering good levels of insulation. The fabric also has ample levels of stretch allowing for freedom of movement and no bunching around the knee. Pearl Izumi attributes the good fit around the knee to its front-to-back panel construction – Different fabrics are utilised, to optimise the fit and comfort at the knee joint. Elastic bindings with silicone grippers on the hips do a great job of holding the warmers in place. I experienced no sliding around under my shorts.

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Similar to other warmers on test, Pearl Izumi has incorporated a zip on the ankle for easier removal. Unfortunately I had a slight issue with the fit around the ankle. It was a little loose, with perhaps slightly more material than required. The zip on the ankle was a little irritating against the skin too. Overall, these warmers are a decent option and they do the job they are designed for, but they don’t perform as well as others in terms of fit.

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The zip on the ankle was a little irritating against the skin too. Overall, these warmers are a decent option and they do the job they are designed for, but they don’t perform as well as others in terms of fit.

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Verdict

A solid pair of leg warmers, with good insulation and grippers. The fit around the ankles could be better.

Details

Weight:134g (M)
sizes:S-XL
colours:Black
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