For cyclists, changing weather is never a case of black and white—especially across the space of a fall or spring ride that sees chilly temps and a light drizzle in the late morning that give way to sunlight at noon. Or maybe the clouds stay and the damp chill just gets damp-chillier. Or maybe the day starts off bright, but an ominous cloudbank gathering on the horizon rolls in 30 minutes after you roll out. Whatever greyness the weather throws your way, Pearl Izumi's updated Elite Thermal Leg Warmers will ensure you can adapt mid-ride, and they're extended coverage also means they can turn thermal shorts into winter tights.
The warmers are made from the same breathable, softly brushed thermal material that made their predecessors classics, but Pearl has updated them with its proprietary PI Dry DWR treatment. This makes the latest Elite Thermal warmers ideal for the kinds of not-quite-black/not-quite-white greyness that defines cycling in late fall and early spring. They're warm, they resist light drizzle and road spray, and they can be stored in a jersey pocket if conditions improve over the course of a ride. True, they won't stow as gracefully as knee warmers, but bulging jersey pockets are far preferable to suffering through a warming ride in full-length tights.
- Leg warmers that insulate and repel water
- Treated to keep light rain and road spray at bay
- Midweight thermal insulation for shoulder season temps
- Built to reduce bunching and slouching while pedaling
- Soft, wide elastic cuff grips with silicone print
- Reflective details add a bit of visibility on overcast training rides