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Gore WS Legwarmer £40

Tested by Jon Adams

At a street price of £31.50, these legwarmers are pretty steep, but they're so effective that the initial outlay will soon be forgotten. The WS (Windstopper) fabric is very snug but it has a thin fleecy lining that's extremely comfortable against the skin, and because the knees are articulated, there's no 'sliding' or fabric movement as you pedal - even when the legwarmers are soaked through. The warmth isn't compromised when they're wet - thanks to the windproof laminate found in most of the forward-facing sections - and once the rain stops, they dry out really quickly through body heat.

There's a useful 'R' and 'L' stitched into the thigh panels so there's no faffing if you need to put them on in a hurry, and though the grippers are quite tight around the thigh, they're not uncomfortable or restrictive and keep everything in place.

These legwarmers transform regular cycle shorts into cool weather tights, and carry hardly any weight or space penalty. Great in the cold and rain, simple to stow, and they're peppered with reflective piping and logos for added safety on the dark winter evenings. I check the temperature when I'm about to set off on my 15-mile ride to work, and if it's above 4ºC and below 10ºC, I slip these on and know I'll be just right. Wouldn't be without them.

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Gore Bike Wear says:

These windproof leg warmers keep you warm and flexible. Stay powerful and comfortable.

  • WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell
  • Thermo-stretch functional fabric
  • Stretch inserts for optimum freedom of movement
  • Fleece lining
  • Flat-lock seams
  • Anatomical fit
  • Gripper elastic on top edge
  • Zip at bottom of trouser legs with reflective piping
  • Embroidery to mark right and left
  • Reflective logo on front
  • Reflective logo on side
  • Sizes: S-XL

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Verdict Top-notch legwarmers that turn shorts into tights