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Old 05-04-10, 05:58 PM   #1
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Leg/Arm Warmer Size

Hi everyone,

I'm in an area of the world where it's starting to get a bit cold and I'm looking at buying some leg, arm and knee warmers. The trouble is I'm looking at sizing charts and they don't seem to make much sense. I also haven't been able to find LBSs around my area who stock warmers at all so buying online is the only option.

I'm an Athena and I normally wear size XL knicks. Thigh circumference for me is around 60cm.

This is the size chart I'm looking at, and I've seen a few that have similar measurements
Size Thigh Circumference (cm) Ankle Circumference (cm)
S ...............................34............................... 18
M...............................40............................... 18
L............................... 42............................... 20

Now it doesn't say these are stretched sizes but when they say 'thigh circumference' I am assuming it means the size of the thigh it will fit (not the fabric).

Now the thing is I was a bit surprised about the small sizes. So I did a bit of a survey of the thigh sizes of the people who sit around me at work. And the smallest thigh circumference was 47 and this on a non-cycling skinny woman. I am only imaging the size of the pixie the size Medium and Small would fit. And this is when you would expect cyclists to have well developed legs.

So have any of you found warmers that fit and what size did you end up getting? And what size might anyone suggest I try (feel free to tell me the ones I listed are going to be too small).

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I wear XL shorts as well. I wear Specialized knee warmers size Large. They do tend to wander down a bit on my leg, but usually stay under my shorts unless I am sloppy with "installation". I have virtually no calf muscles so its quite loose around my calves, but this is going to be a problem no matter what brand or size I get unless I have some custom made for me. I am not sure what my thigh circumference is, though. I guestimated and I am between 62-63cm, which is just a bit bigger/more muscular (entirely likely its just extra fat on me ) than your thighs. My biceps are 12" which is 30cm, I am pretty muscular in my upper body. What kind of Ethiopian runners are they using to define sizing?? Or are you looking at men's arm warmers by mistake?

I have given up on leg warmers. I am 5'8" with my pants inseam of 32" (which means my cycling inseam is even greater), and without fail, every leg warmer and cycling tight has been several (and i mean several) inches too long. I am not petite, but legwarmers and cycling tights sizing would have me practically a midget with thunderous thighs.

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Generally, you get the same size leg/arm warmers as you wear in shorts/jersey. I wear XL shorts and XL leg-warmers. Try getting the warmers from the same manufacturer as your shorts.

I would not recommend taking too much stock in sizing charts. Use them as a place to begin. In regards to this one, sounds like there's a mis-communique somewhere.
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I wear XL in both Novara arm warmers and PI knee warmers.

42.54cm (16.75") bicep
20.95cm (8.25") at cuff
Neither measurement is too tight for comfort on the arm warmers, although the length is a little short for me and the cuff hits me above my wrist where the measurement is wider. Few companies design stuff around people with a 37" shirtsleeve.

69.85cm (27.5") quad
39.37cm (15.5") at cuff
I wear the knee warmers with the upper cuff about 4cm (~1.5") into the leg of my shorts. The lower cuff sits mid-way between my knee and the widest part of my calf. The gripper isn't binding there, but it does hold the entire thing from slipping upward toward my knee and bunching up the fabric.
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