Choosing Socks, base layers, Arms warmers and their benefits
Let’s start by saying Arm and leg warmers are an extremely handy and versatile bit of kit and are a great addition to your cycling kit. They can be used for cycling on chilly mornings and during cooler evenings and they are also popular in spring and autumn, when the weather can’t make its mind up.
Many arm warmers (like to ones we sell at KOA Sportswear) can have additional benefits. At KOA sportswear our ESSENCE technical performance arm warmers use advanced moisture wicking properties and UV protection making them suitable for sunning days as well as cooler days. The moisture wicking properties have dual benefit; in cooler weather the fabric removes the moisture away from your skin where it then evaporates, moisture on the skin is one of the main reasons you will start to feel cold when working at high intensity, because the cooler air cools the moisture that is trapped on your skin making you feel cold. These properties along with wind blocking help keep you warm. In the summer the wicking and evaporating properties help keep you dry, your bodies sweating is a natural cooling ability, and our arm warmers aid the evaporation processes and help the cooling affect whilst keeping you dry and comfortable
Warmers are essentially tubes of Lycra, but can often have a fleecy backing for warmth, this can be seen in our ESSENCE thermal performance arm warmers. Just like the essence technical performance arm warmers they aid with moisture wicking, but we have used the terry effect on the internal surface to trap more air and create a thermal barrier when an extra layer of warmth is needed.
The versatility of arm warmers and leg warmers means they can be layered with a short-sleeve jersey or shorts to give extra coverage, They will also make your other cycling kit more versatile by extending its usable temperature range.
These layers are easy to roll off or be rolled back as the weather changes on your ride and are small enough to be stowed in your rear pocket. We sometimes roll them back when you get to the bottom of a steep climb and roll them back up as we hit the decent knowing we will have more of a chill from the faster air and less intense work.
Do not under estimate the importance of your sock game, Socks can be a make or break item. Socks for cycling are more often made from thin, sweat-wicking fabrics, usually with a thicker layer on the sole for padding. Natural fabrics such as Merino wool or technically developed synthetic fibres like Thermolite or Coolmax can keep toes warm on cold and wet rides for longer and also reduce sweat and heat build-up on warmer days.
At KOA Sportswear we understand the importance of quality socks, which is why we not only select Fibres that have the features mentioned above but we add extra design elements; Like compression zones on the arch to reduce effects of fatigue, Anatomically positioned impact zones for protection, cooling lanes to aid airflow and heat depletion, Seamless toes to remove discomfort from seams rubbing, Y-Closure heels that hold the sock in a more natural position as you move. There are many more benefits across our range. Visit our full range of performance socks
Base Layers or sweat vest
A base layer keeps you warm AND cool!
A base layer is a key part of the layering principle when you a choosing your cycling clothing, A base layer goes between your skin and your jersey where it does multiple jobs for what’s basically a high-tech vest or t-shirt. To start with, it helps move sweat away from your skin to your jersey and as we have explained above this has the effect of either cooling or warming your body depending on the environment your using it. A very light base layer can therefore help keep you more comfortable even in hot weather, and can be an all year round addition to your cycling kit.
When the temperature drops, a base layer keeps you warm. Base layers made from Merino wool or advanced technical synthetic fibres are popular when it’s cold, due to creating insulating air barrier from the layering affect, as well as aiding the evaporation of sweat away from your core. Some base layers have a layer of windproof fabric built in, which can be a massive boon when it’s very cold, but you should be sure of the impact this has on its ability to aid moisture wicking.
You need to pay attention to the fit of your base layer, it needs to have a tight enough fit to perform well and carry out its function
Base layers have another less obvious use. If you crash, a base layer lets your jersey slide around rather than dragging your skin with it. It’s not much, but you can’t exactly wear body armour or motorcycle leathers on a bike, so any protection against the consequences of a crash is worth having.
At KOA Sportswear we offer a technically advanced performance base layer that can be used in combination with our performance jerseys and arm warmers to create an all season cycling kit