Best leg warmers for cycling: 12 options for all budgets tested and rated

For deep winter conditions, many riders reach for a set of the best winter bib tights. My preference though is to use a set of the best winter cycling shorts combined with a good quality pair of leg warmers. It means I can tailor things to the conditions much more easily, choosing lighter options when it's not so cool, or more durable, water repellent models when riding off road. Even if you've only got a set of summer bib shorts, adding a set of leg warmers underneath will massively extend their range of useability, keeping you riding for longer before having to splash out on bigger ticket winter gear.

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Will Jones
Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. There are very few types of cycling he's not dabbled in, and he has a particular affection for older bikes and long lasting components. Road riding was his first love, before graduating to racing CX in Yorkshire. He's been touring on a vintage tandem all the way through to fixed gear gravel riding and MTB too. When he's not out riding one of his many bikes he can usually be found in the garage tinkering with another of them, or getting obsessive about tyres. Also, as he doesn't use Zwift, he's our go-to guy for bad weather testing... bless him.

Rides: Custom Zetland Audax, Bowman Palace:R, Peugeot Grand Tourisme Tandem, Falcon Explorer Tracklocross, Fairlight Secan & Strael