Here’s the wevelo guide to our favourite cycling leg warmers
Cycling leg warmers are designed to be worn underneath a pair of bib shorts. They come in a couple of different lengths, full, which covers your thighs to ankles or as knee warmers that reach just below the knee and above the calf. These two options should suit most situations.
Apart from keeping your legs warm during a cold ride, you have the benefit of being able to remove them mid-ride should you get too warm and put them back on if need be. This makes them incredibly versatile due to the ever-changing British weather. You might set off in the cold but soon find it’s too warm for leg warmers.
A decent set of leg warmers should be tight fitting enough so that they won’t slip down or move up and cause chaffing. You should also look for a warm fleece inner, rainproof coating and zips on the back to aid getting on and off, although the latter is not that important.
As mentioned in our previous post about arm warmers, it’s best to buy a couple of sizes just to make sure you get the fit right.
Take a look at our guide to some of the best cycling leg warmers.
Why not check out our guide to arm warmers whilst you’re thinking about staying warm.
Sportful No-Rain Leg Warmers
Sportful No-Rain cycling leg warmers have an ergonomic cut and silicone grippers to ensure they stay in position with no sagging and no irritating inner seam. Maintaining excellent thermal properties when the going is wet these will keep you riding in more comfort for longer than your standard warmers. In changeable weather where rain is likely these are an ideal option. Combined with Fiandre No-Rain Bibshorts you have a versatile all-season set up.
- Excellent water resistance
- Reflective Sportful logo
- Silicone grippers
- No-Rain nanotechnology
- Machine washable, hang dry
What wevelo say
These Sportful leg warmers have been a go-to item for me during the winter months for a while now. They fit nice and snug without being too tight that they cause chaffing. The fleece lining makes them super comfortable and warm and the No-Rain technology works well keeping all but the worst rain at bay.
dhb Merino Leg Warmers
These performance dhb leg warmers use Merino wool to give you naturally high comfort levels and technical properties. The high stretch Merino Wool utilised provides outstanding thermal regulation across a range of climate conditions.
- Superfine grade 18.5 micron merino yarn for high level comfort against the skin
- Natural odour resistance, wicking properties, and breathability
- Silicone grippers
- Abrasion free flatlocked seams
- Australian wool from a guaranteed non-mulesed source
What wevelo say
These merino leg warmers from dhb have been excellent for as long as I’ve had them. The merino wool helps keep the legs warm without being too warm. They fit really well and are great value for money. In terms of quality, they are up there with much more expensive leg warmers I’ve owned.
Endura Thermolite Leg Warmers
The Thermolite Leg Warmer by Endura features silicone gripper elastic at the thigh and ankle. Made from Thermolite fabric with high performance Repel Teflon protector for ultimate weather comfort with durable water repellency. Ideal for cold weather cycling, Thermolite uses hollow-core fibre technology to create an insulating layer of warm air. The result is a lightweight, warm fabric with superior moisture vapour transport properties that doesn’t get heavy even when wet.
- 45% Nylon, 42% Polyester, 13% Elastane
- Thermolite® with High Performance Repel Teflon® fabric protector for ultimate weather comfort with durable water repellency
- Warm, stretchy, water resistant
- Silicone gripper elastic at thigh and ankle
Black Sheep Cycling Thermal Leg Warmers
A high quality option for the road rider looking to keep themselves covered during their ride, the Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Thermal Leg Warmers allow you a full range of movement on the bike whilst keeping you well covered at temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees, during the colder, fresher starts and days by bike.
- Provides an incredible range of movement
- Strategic panelling ensures that your pedal stroke is not impeded at any stage
- Uses Thermal Endurance fabrics
- One-piece performance construction
- Comfortable and durable with reflective detail used throughout
- Ideal for temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees
Rapha Merino Leg Warmers
These insulating, comfortable leg warmers combine the natural performance properties of merino wool with Spandex for stretch and durability. The full-length version provides extra insulation and the fabric is also highly breathable and high wicking. The leg warmers are quick drying so can be used in a variety of conditions. Flatlock stitching throughout ensures the leg warmers won’t chafe and soft gripper holds them securely in place.
- Superfine merino-Spandex fabric (18.9 micron)
- Flatlock stitching with silicone gripper
- Naturally anti-bacterial and odour resistant
- Soft and comfortable
- Lightweight, itch-free, breathable, insulating and quick drying
- Discreet Rapha branding
- 95% superfine New Zealand merino, 5% Spandex
What wevelo say
It’s quite hard to fault Rapha products in general and these leg warmers are no different. They fit well and don’t slip. Super comfortable and really well made. They could do with an extra water-resistant coating, but other than that they are fantastic.