Mostly for sun protection and sometimes for added warmth, I tend to wear cycling arm sleeves year round, as they are more versatile than long sleeve cycling jerseys. Once you start wearing arm protection, you will quickly find that one pair is never enough. The following three arm sleeves will see you through any type of weather conditions you may encounter on your bike.
With the above average warm fall temperatures here in the Bay Area, I have been regularly testing out the new compression arm sleeves from 180s. Loaded with Quantum Cool technology, the fabric works to drop your skin temperature as soon as you start to sweat.
Similar to Columbia's Omni-Freeze Ice, I found the cooling technology works and really kicks into high gear when you ride through a shady patch or a slight breeze hits your arms. Offering high UV protection, the compression arms sleeves will also keep you from getting burned.
The 180s Quantum Cool line will be out next Spring.
I wish I would have possessed the 180s compression arm sleeves in time for my Dolomites cycling trip. As the weather was scorching hot and the sun pretty intense, I ended up purchasing a pair of Assos Arm Protectors to keep from getting burned. Made from a combination of lightweight polyester and nylon white fabric, the arm protectors are not only great to wear for long summer rides, but also under a cycling jacket for a little extra warmth on cooler mornings. MSRP $30-$40
The Icebreaker merino wool arm warmers are absolutely ideal for cold weather cycling. Wear them with a merino wool jersey or even under a cycling jacket to keep your limbs extra warm. The arm warmers are made from Icebreaker's GT260 Terry wool material, giving you plenty of stretch through the arms. Sticky gripper elastic at the top hem helps to keep the arm warmers in place under your jersey sleeves. MSRP $40.
For cycling arm sleeves, the challenge is usually figuring out the correct size, as most come in unisex sizing. With Assos, I actually ended up in the largest size since most European cyclists have absolutely no upper body muscle for fear of being slow in the mountains.
With Icebreaker, I swam in the medium size arm warmers and they actually fit Terry. If you are a female ordering the Icebreaker arm warmers, you will most likely be a small or even x-small. With the 180s compression arm sleeves, the medium fit me perfectly.
How many pairs of cycling arm sleeves do you own?