April 8, 2014
by David Queen / Evo Davo
I’ve been putting various items of Pactimo clothing to the test of late. I use it and abuse it and as soon as I form a solid opinion I post a review. I have formed an opinion on their Pactimo–branded knee warmers. Stand back.
If there is any piece of clothing that has frustrated me over the years it has been knee warmers. I would study reviews and marketing propaganda and then make a purchase full of hope and optimism only to be let down time and time again.
After accumulating more knee warmers than I want to admit to owning, I had resigned myself to accept compromise and tradeoffs. The Nanoflex knee warmers are really good in the rain, but the fabric is so slippery that the hem of my bibs slips on the fabric and the legs ride up. I don’t want to be tugging at my clothing during a race, so that limited their usefulness. I have some Hincapie knee warmers that stay in place just fine, but they bunch up behind the knee so my skin is raw after a long ride. I had others that didn’t even stay up so they end up tied in a knot in the back of the drawer awaiting a bike clothing drive. I tried some reassuringly expensive Assos knee warmers that were so bad at staying up I returned them. Some Pearl Izumi leg warmers suffered the same fate.
When I opened the Pactimo knee warmers I wondered if Pactimo had any idea they were picking a fight with the knee warmer snob of Washington State. “Good luck Pactimo, you’re going to need it“ I said to myself.
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David Queen is a bike mechanic in Washington, USA. He regularly writes about cycling and life in general. You can read more at http://evodavo.blogspot.com