Stuart Pechterwrote a review of 2XU MCS Elite Compression Arm Guards on April 14, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been a believer in the benefits of compression clothing for several years. First noticed the added support and comfort with cycling shorts. Last year I tried the 2xu compression T-shirt to help with shoulder and back issues, and now, I wouldn't ride without one as a base layer. Even in Florida heat and humidity, the wicking effect keeps me at least as cool as I would be with just a light jersey. Now, having developed an elbow pain for no known reason, I decided to add these arm compression sleeves to the mix. Totally met with my expectations. I feel like my body is encased in a flexible exoskeleton, taking much of the strain away from my muscles and joints.
As an added bonus, they have a UPF rating of 50+ for sun protection. Like the T-shirt, they are not thermal. They wick well, so they actually keep me cooler and more comfortable by eliminating sweat. I used them this year for skiing, too, and enjoyed the extra protection from twists and strains. To maintain fabric compression, I always wash in cold water with Woolite. Delicate cycle, slow spin. Hang dry.