Santini BeHot arm warmers review

Made from heat-generating fabric, the Santini BeHot arm warmers should be perfect for spring and autumn rides.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Santini BeHot arm warmers have a lovely finish, but could be warmer and have a fit that probably isn't best-suited to the typical cyclists' build.

Reasons to buy
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    Look great

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    Nice finish

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    Well suited for long arms

Reasons to avoid
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    Not the warmest

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    Too wide for skinny riders

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    Ineffective grippers

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Santini has constructed these warmers using its BeHot fabric, which it claims generates heat as it stretches and contracts.

However, while this should have a decent effect on items such as winter tights, on arm-warmers where the fabric doesn’t stretch and contract, the temperature gain is minimal at best. For this reason I found the Santini BeHot arm warmers were best saved for when the mercury rose comfortably into double figures.

>>> Buyer’s guide to arm warmers

Aesthetically pleasing, the main body of the warmers is black; a coloured section at either end comes in red, blue, yellow, or grey, and the raw cut gives a clean appearance.

Although I found the length excellent and well-suited to my long arms, I really struggled with these warmers falling down and found myself pulling them high over my shoulder in an attempt to stop this. Perhaps a more muscular rider may not have these problems, but for the gangly climber, the poor grippers are, quite literally, a let down.

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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.