Louis Garneau Arm Coolers $34.95
Believe it: Sleeves for warm-weather comfort.
It may seem counterintuitive to put sleeves on for a hot summer ride, but that's what you'll find yourself doing with the Louis Garneau Arm Coolers. Garneau's IceTek fabric incorporates a xylitol surface treatment. Xylitol is the organic compound found in chewing gum that makes your mouth feel cool and refreshed. IceTek fabric causes a similar refreshing feeling against the skin, as it absorbs heat from the body and converts sweat to a refrigerant.
That cooling function aside, putting on the Arm Coolers is certainly more convenient than slapping sunscreen on every time you're trying to sneak in a training ride. The Arm Coolers have a UPF/SPF rating of 50, so they provide more than adequate protection from the sun's dangerous rays. A silicone gripper at the bicep keeps the coolers from sliding down, and a reflective logo adds an extra touch of visibility. The Louis Garneau Arm Coolers are White and come in sizes X-Small through X-Large.
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.
Reviews & Community
Great as a sun sleeve
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Louis Garneau Arm Coolers are great for "protection against the suns harmful UV rays". If you pair it with some sunblock, I'm sure the effect is compounded (but careful - most sunscreen stains white clothing!). They're awesome for keeping your arms cool at spring temps but on really hot days (85 degrees +) it'll help to squirt some water over your arms.
The material is thin and you'll barely notice it on your rides. I'm definitely a fan of these.
Good arm coolers, didnt like fit
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These coolers are very good and the material is excellent. Didn't like the fit because they are very loose. I ordered size L because I have long arms but i'm very skinny so they didn't stay in place because are not tight enough. I use size L in Pearl Izumi and the fit is perfect. I'd rather buy Pearl Izumi.
Good arm covers
I'm not sure I'm 100% sold on the cooling properties of these things yet. But to be fair I haven't worn them in weather where I really was at the edge of overheating. And I assume that those marginal situations are when they would be most effective.
However, regardless if they cool as advertised, for the price they are still nice compression sleeves for warm weather. Protects from UV better/more consistently than sunscreen. Reflects heat from the sun. And they have the sensation of being well ventilated.