Panache Arm Screens review£29.74

Airy arm warmers

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Panache's Arm Screens are essentially mesh arm warmers. The idea is to keep the sun’s rays off your skin in hot weather while still allowing airflow. 

We were sceptical but were pleasantly surprised to find that they do actually work – though perhaps we should have expected this given the concept’s prevalence in desert cultures.

Cooling air noticeably goes right through, sweat is quickly wicked away from the skin and the white material tends to reflect sunlight.  

However, hazier and more humid conditions still found us preferring bare skin and we had to deal with a few jeers from our riding buddies plus a rather erratic tan. 

Though pleasingly effective, US$45 is simply too much to ask for these, especially given the simple construction.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 70kg / 154lb
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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