I spend most of the cycling year in leg warmers. They are one of most important pieces of cycling clothes, and I’ve tried quite a few other the years. I wanted to test these Altura ergo fit leg warmers because it sounded intuitive to make leg warmers to the shape of your legs, rather than just a straight piece. The kind people at Altura sent me some Ergofit leg warmers and I’ve been riding them.
The main difference of these leg warmers is that they are multi-panel, reshaped design with a bend in the knee. They are close fitting and silicone grips at the top and bottom of the leg warmer.
- Firstly, they are not easy to get on. They are really tight getting around your foot. I would not wear these if I was likely to strip off before a cycle race. In that situation, I would use leg warmers with zips at the bottom.
- Secondly, they are a very good fit to the shape of your leg. When pedaling, there is less sense of friction around the knee joint, where some leg warmers are straight.
- Thirdly, they are really quite warm. I’ve been riding on these cold June days, and it’s pretty toasty. I reckon they would be warm enough for all but the coldest winter days.
- Fourthly, once on they stay up pretty well, there was no slipping down the leg.
They look good and are comfortable once on. They are relatively difficult to put on (I would be careful not to stretch when pulling over foot). However, I guess this is the point of the leg warmers – to be a good close fit. I’m happy with the leg warmers, and would be happy to buy and use for those days when I know I will be leaving on (which is most rides except races)
Sizing I got size L/XL and they are long enough for me at 6 foot 3. Although I’m skinny, my legs are pretty averagely muscular (whatever that means). If you had really chunky legs like a sprinter, you might find a little tight.
- Altura Leg warmers - ergofit at Halfords £29.99 (black or white)