The Capo Lombardia leg warmers offer good protection in both cold and wet weather. They also fit well thanks to the ergonomic cut, although the lack of ankle grippers are an oversight.
Good thermal protection
Lack of ankle grippers
Despite a few warmer days earlier in March, it’s still not quite time to break out the bare legs just yet. However we’re not complaining too much, as it gave us a little more time in the Capo Lombardia leg warmers.
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Capo gives a recommended temperature range for these leg warmers as 7-16ºC (45-60ºF), which we’d say was pretty much spot on. The Thermo Roubaix material works by trapping air when it stretches, providing an extra layer of insulation beyond what you’d expect from a standard lycra warmer. In fact we’ve even been comfortable pushing the Capo Lombardia leg warmers down an extra few degrees when paired with a pair of thermal shorts.
The Lombardia leg warmers also come with a DWR coating which aims to provide a degree of wet weather protection in a similar vein to the Castelli Nanoflex and Sportful NoRain warmers. And it works too, keeping our legs dry and warm through drizzle and intermittent shower, and not becoming waterproof even during persistent rain.
The ergonomic cut also ensures a good fit, with no bagging around the knees, especially impressive given the one-piece construction. Silicon grippers around the thigh also ensure the warmers stay firmly in place, although these are strangely missing from the ankle, meaning you could find them riding up if you have particularly skinny legs.
An RRP of £55 puts the Capo Lombardia leg warmers squarely in Castelli territory, and not too far below Assos. Are they the equal of products from these brands? Probably. But it’ll be up to you to decide whether the DWR wet weather protection justifies the extra cost over more basic competitors.
For more details visit the Capo website (opens in new tab).
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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