We love arm warmers because they afford a level of flexibility that jackets and long-sleeve jerseys don't: you can shove them down and pull them up over the course of a ride as conditions and comfort dictate. (Plus, how can you not like that bunched-at-the-wrist look?) Given this flexibility, warmers are the first piece of kit we consider picking up as the summer days shorten, and Pearl Izumi's new P.R.O. Softshell Arm Warmers were at the front of our queue for 2014.
These warmers are touted as being new, but that's more of a reflection of the advancements made over Pearl's 2013 warmers, which include increased warmth and wider silicone grips at the top that keep the warmers in place while feeling less restrictive. The P.R.O. Softshell panels on the front resist wind and water, and the Thermal Fleece fabric everywhere else ensures flexibility, warmth, and wicking. Reflective highlights will help you determine which warmer belongs to which arm. The logos in the reflective bits, along with the large, red grip bands, make these a stylish addition to your cold-weather wardrobe.
The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Arm Warmers are available in five sizes ranging from X-small to X-Large in the color Black.
- Q & A
THE "armings" for cold weather
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
For years I have used the Pearl Izumi Elite Arm/Leg Warmers and still use them. I needed a bit more protection and got a pair of these. Amazing the difference. The Soft Shell panels block the cold air as it hits the front of your arms or legs. Did I mention it is an amazing difference? They block the cold without building up moisture under the garment. I usually run a small on the leggings and large on the armings. The leggings are a perfect fit. I thought the armings were a little tight and restrictive at first but don't think I would like the fit of a size up. If you are used to the Elite, you might find these a little tight, especially in the area of the red securing band. But they are great for blocking the cold if you don't want to be burdened by a jacket. I like 'em!
Pearl Izumi arm warmers
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Product was way to big for size listed. Purchased an xs which to me looked like large.