What are the benefits of wearing arm sleeves?
Arm sleeves have several benefits depending on the conditions you are racing and training in. Firstly, they reduce drag and make your arms more aero, this is especially beneficial when you are using the tri bars in an aero position on the bike, or if you have particularly hairy arms! Other than this, arm sleeves often have compressive qualities and their coverage can help to keep an athlete warm on the bike and run in cold conditions, as well as keep them cool in hot conditions by protecting from harmful UV rays (check your sleeves specs to ensure the material has sun protection properties). At first look, sleeves may seem a rather superfluous addition to your tri kit checklist, but they are actually extremely versatile and useful pieces of gear when used correctly to optimise your performance and comfort.
SUNDRIED CYCLING ARM SLEEVES
With SPF40 protection, these versatile arm warmers aim to retain warmth or protect in the heat. An affordable option, the breathable material claims streamlined qualities with reduced seams and stitching.
ZONE3 LAVA ARM SLEEVES
These fetching sleeves aim to boost aerodynamics with water-repellent material that can also help with grip on the bike. They’re versatile all-year-round, too, as these light sleeves work to regulate body temperature for all conditions.
2XU MCS ELITE COMPRESSION ARM SLEEVES
Compression giants 2XU use their MSC technology in these sleeves to map muscle geometry and allow the best compressive fit. These arm guards are optimised for performance and reducing muscle fatigue.
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