Castelli Thermoflex kneewarmer review

Castelli's kneewarmers are some of the best we've tried with a great fit and soft feel.

(Image credit: mike prior)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A brilliant set of kneewarmers that can be used from March through to October. Perhaps one of the most useful pieces of cycling kit you can buy

For
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    Double gripper around top seam

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    Length

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    Thin yet warm

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    Seams don't dig in

Against
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    None

You might think it would be easy to make a good kneewarmer. After all it's little more than a tube of material. But it's not. Many companies, good ones at that, still get it very wrong with this garment.

I've tested many that have crept up my calf and bunched behind my knee, or slipped down underneath my shorts leaving that horrible gap of exposed thigh between them and the shorts. No one wants to see that.

Thankfully Castelli has nailed it by sticking to a few key rules. Most importantly in my opinion is the length - 395mm for size small. These ones are ideal; long enough that they sit below the widest part of the calf muscle helping keep them down and preventing that bunching behind the knee.

They are also nice and tight all round without being uncomfortable. As they use a light, thermal material (the pair weighs just 76 grams) they can be made to be tight (something else that helps keeps them in place, top and bottom) without the seams digging in to your skin. Not that there are many seams to do that.

The silicon grippers at the top are another great touch. The one on the inside means the kneewarmer grips your leg while the one on the outside helps them grip to the inside of the shorts. Double whammy.

My record is a five-and-a-half hour ride (with 20 minute cafe stop)  without once having to adjust them.  Perfect.

UK distributor: www.saddleback.co.uk

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


SIMON IS CURRENTLY RIDING

Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel