Defeet Armskin arm warmers review

The Defeet Armskin arm warmers offer excellent fit and protection, but without a matching price-tag.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Defeet Armskin arm warmers may not be sophisticated, but they're warm and fit very well, and the simple design means a great price-tag.

Reasons to buy
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    Great value

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    Excellent fit

Reasons to avoid
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    Best saved for dry days

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The material used by Defeet is somewhat similar to the merino wool of the more expensive Rapha warmers (although not as light or thin), and is just as warm, well down into single figures.

Of course, the choice of material means that the Defeet Armskin arm warmers aren’t the best for long days out in rainy conditions. However on the couple of occasions that I did wear them in the wet, they didn’t soak up water in the way I expected, and only became waterlogged after a couple of hours of persistent rain.

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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.