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Oneten Lombardia arm warmers – review

The Oneten Lombardia arm warmers are well-priced, no nonsense arm warmers from Chain Reaction Cycles' in-house clothing brand.

The arm warmers are made from a fleece-lined Lombardia fabric which sits comfortably next to the skin and does a really effective job of trapping air next to your arms and keeping warmth in.

Arm warmers are a key part of any UK cyclist’s wardrobe, given the fact that our climate for much of the year is often neither boiling hot or freezing cold, and these provide enough warmth for temperatures between around seven and 15 degrees (give or take a few degrees, depending on your personal preference) when paired with a base layer and short sleeve jersey. The fabric also does a pretty good job of keeping the wind out as well, but it isn’t entirely windproof.

The arm warmers have internal dotted silicone-style grippers at the top which, coupled with a band of thinner elasticated fabric, does a good job of keeping the Lombardia arm warmers in place. The slightly grippy printed logo that repeats around the outside of the top of the arm warmers also work well enough at holding the jersey sleeves in place.

The elastic at the wrist is close, but not especially or restrictively tight. In terms of overall fit, the length is pretty generous, even for this ape-like tester, and results in a little bagginess, so that’s something to watch out for, particularly if you have short arms. Two sizes are available: S/M and L/XL.

When ridden in wetter conditions, the fabric beads water for about 20 minutes but then it starts to seep in. Still, the brushed fabric does a good job at keeping warmth in, even if it is wet, though obviously if it’s raining hard or for a prolonged period of time then you’ll most likely want a lightweight jacket or shell.

Conclusion

The Oneten Lombardia arm warmers perform exactly as you’d expect and want them to, with a good fit and enough protection from the elements for when it’s a bit iffy out there.

Pros

No-nonsense styling and performance
Effective grippers
Good value and currently reduced from £24.99 to £19.99

Cons

The fit is a little long

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