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Specialized Leg and Arm Warmers

Someone at Specialized has a sense of humor. I mean putting on a pair of leg warmers is a little like wearing a pair of thigh highs… isn’t it? So to give us gals a giggle, they’ve added black lace and a Specialized red bow to the ankles and wrists of their leg and arm warmers.

In all practicality, I thank Specialized for this little touch, as these visual aids help us in identifying our gear from the rest of the laundry load.

Left and right sides are conveniently labeled as the designs on both leg and arm warmers are side-specific. All panels are made of Specialized’s unique (fleece-like) Therminal™ fabric for additional warmth.

Leg warmers have slightly angled zippers for easier on/off, (although I don’t notice a difference since  I alway struggle trying to take leg warmers off –with my shoes still on).  Zippers are equipped with a reflective trim for extra visibility. A wide 1.5 inch “plush” elastic band at the thigh uses the Specialized logo in a silicone treatment as grippers to minimize inevitable bulges.

Arm warmers have encased elastic in the upper arms to avoid chafing and irritation to this notoriously sensitive area of skin, while still holding them in place.

Nice touch Specialized. Your Therminal™ fabric  doesn’t seem as flimsy as the competition!

PEARL iZUMi Knee, Leg & Arm Warmers

Elite Therma Fleece Knee Warmers(9252) and Leg Warmers(9253)

I don’t know how this is actually possible, but I have a pair of each of these items and though I love the quality of their construction—the weight and length and reflective components, the elastic opening at the top is just too big and the darn things fall down. I have a size small and my thighs measure 20 ½ inches. If your thighs measure the same or smaller get size xs.

These arm warmers are the perfect length and perfect width. The elastic is not too loose or tight and the fleece lining is surprisingly warm. Together with a wool bra, short sleeve jersey, vest, and leg warmers, I’m comfortable riding in 45-50 degree temps.