I picked up, marked almost half-off, the full set of Specialized Therminal 2.0 arm, leg, and knee warmers from Specialized’s website.
My last set, love it as I did, was put through the wringer. I hammered the warmers over seven years, putting them through gnarly weather and tens of thousands of miles of use.
As far as I’ve seen with the useful life of most cycling clothing, I’d have been happy with half the time I got out of my old set. The old arm, leg, and knee warmers were fantastic.
The new 2.0’s are better. They seem better constructed, they’re warmer, and they let through less cold air.
Sadly, when we rolled out yesterday, the temp was cold enough to require both arm and full leg warmers – actually it was colder than I like for leg warmers, I’d normally have gone for tights but I wanted to give the leg warmers a fair run in cold weather… 40° (4 C) and windy. And my legs were comfortable the entire ride, even into the wind.
Wearing my last set, I’d have been cold enough my legs wouldn’t have worked at their peak level. Yesterday I felt great the whole ride. Perfect.
I highly recommend them at full price. They’re a steal when marked down.
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My wife and I rode with our friends, Mike and Diane yesterday morning. We were due for a rainout that was supposed to start at noon, according to the weather reports. We only had eyes on 40 miles so that was a fair bit of time more than we’d need.
Let’s shorten the story.
At 15.77 miles into our ride, it started to sleet – and not just a little bit. Our faces were getting pelted and it was nasty. We decided to cut it short and head back, just in case. That proved to be a wise choice. The clouds spit at us, sporadically, all the way home. Nothing crazy, nothing ugly, just a bit of sleet here and a sprinkle there. The pavement was dry almost all the way home.
Two miles out and I thought we were going to make it. Half a mile later we were wet. The sleet turned to straight rain and picked up in intensity till the road was soaked. Worse, I’d taken the Venge because I hadn’t ridden it since Tuesday. Hey, the weather report said noon, not Ten!
We pulled into the driveway, not quite soaked but far from dry, with exactly 30 miles and a couple of wet bikes. We wheeled the bikes into the house, logged our miles, wiped the bikes down and hit the shower. Afterward, just for good measure, I degreased the chains and lubed them up for tomorrow. No sense in leaving the chains all nasty.
I’ve got a post that’ll publish later this afternoon, a review of my new knee, leg and arm warmer set that I got to test on this ride, the first day cold enough to need them since they were delivered.