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Castelli UPF 50+ Light Arm Sleeves

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    Fend off the sun.

    Keep your arms protected from harmful sun rays and airborne allergens with the Castelli UPF 50 Plus Light Arm Skins. Made from lightweight, polyester-based Solare fabric, these arm skins provide needed coverage without causing you to overheat when the intensity ticks up. At the top, double-sided silicone elastic grippers hold the hems comfortably in place to minimize shifting for a ride free from distractions and sunburn.

    • Item #CST00CJ

    Tech Specs

    Material
    Solare
    Fit
    form fit
    UPF Rating
    50
    Recommended Use
    cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Comfortable, and better than sunscreen

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: xl
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    I wear long sleeves on almost every ride, so I use these quite a lot. They are more reliable than slippery sunscreen, which sweats off and must be re-applied. In my experience they do not make a ride appreciably hotter, but they go on quickly and do an excellent job of blocking the sun. It provides an evaporative cooling effect so you will get some cooling as you get moving and sweat and/or wet your sleeves.

    I like that the silicone grippers are on both sides of the sleeve. It will help keep your jersey sleeves from riding up and enables you to wear the black sleeves inside out if you prefer not to show the logo. The white sleeves keep the sun off just as well but the logo is noticeable when used inside out.

    They are not a great alternative to a true warming sleeve - these are lightweight lycra so even if paired with a three-season jersey do not expect them to add any warmth; the wind blows right through them.

    I got the XL based on my weight. The sleeves fit fine around my forearms and biceps but are long relative relative to my stubby t. rex arms. Not much I can do about that, so I usually fold them over for a more comfortable fit. The dual-sided gripper makes this work well.

    Quick Drying & Cooling Fabric

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Castelli arm skins are a quality product. After two years of use they are still holding up as if they are new. The silicone grippers are in top shape and I love that it is a consistent band of silicone all around the arm opening. I own Gore Bike Wear windstopper sleeves and I've tried Pearl Izumi SPF protection sleeves. These two brands don't have a solid silicone band like the Castelli sleeves. It's a testament to the details that Castelli curated. Granted, the windstopper sleeves are intended for colder weather but the Pearl Izumi are for warm weather. I can tell you the black PI's felt warm when I tried them on whereas Castelli skins has a minty cooling effect in black and white colors. Regarding hot spots, there are none due to flatlock seams. I recommend cutting the washing instruction label, it bunches up and gets annoying.

    For reference, I've used these in 105 degree weather last year and they felt great. Not as cool as when it's about 95 degrees but they dried quick and kept my arms from burning and tanning.

    If you need any of these Backcountry is the right spot. My local bike shop has to special order them and if you lookout for specials, you can get a pretty sweet deal here.

    THEY WORK, BUT....

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 152lbs

    These arm skins work (mild to warm days), but on intense hot days.... my internal body temperature feels warmer. I was hoping that these skins would cool my arms on those hot days but that's not the case for me.

    The fit is good, they are constructed well, and easy to wash.