Does the job
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: L
I have used these many times over the summer. It is perfect at providing sun protection. The material is light and breezy even in SC heat and humidity. Your legs move enough to provide plenty of airflow to keep them nice and cool.
After many rides, the gripper stopped working after riding for an hour or two. The sleeve would just start slipping down my thighs and would end up around my ankles. You can pull these under your bibs to help hold them up, but I still have had problems with it slipping.
Eventually I got a rip by the top seam. It looks like there are little holes in the fabric around the top gripper. This is where mine failed. If you look at my picture, those mini-holes are all the way around the top of both of my sleeves.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I have not had an issue with the zipper.
I also have the arm sleeves and those have been perfect so far! Your arms move far less than your legs, so the gripper has a better chance of working.
I ordered a large and that seemed to work for a while until I started having issues with it slipping. I did not lose any major weight during this period. For reference, my quads are 19.5" (~5" above my knee). I am a road cyclist and typically ride 2-3 hours when I am using these.