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.

>>> Buyer’s guide to arm warmers

The Armskins also defied expectations when it came to fit. Unlike any of the other warmers on test, the Defeet Armskin arm warmers don’t have any grippers around the hem. However, such is the excellent fit that they easily stay in place without the need for any added security.

The lack of complexity of these warmers also seems to have kept the price down, with the sub-20 quid RRP being great value for what you’re getting.

Finally, with a choice of eight colour options available, there should be something to match every kit.

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