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15 Best Leg Warmers for the Colder Seasons - 2021 Review

If you grew up in the 1980s, you’ll remember wearing those funky, neon-colored knitted leg warmers. We had stars such as Olivia Newton-John and Jane Fonda to thank for giving us these “fashionable” long socks. It was cool to be seen wearing these leg warmers at the local ice rink!

Jokes aside though, leg warmers are actually very practical items and both women and men enjoy wearing them today. Leg warmers are used to cover the lower part of the legs to protect from colder weather. They’re particularly useful in preventing the legs from getting muscle cramps or other injuries.

Leg warmers have long been associated with ballet dancers who wear them to protect their calf tendons from injury while warming up for class. But, you’ll find these leg sleeves being used by outdoor sports enthusiasts such as cyclists, hockey, and soccer players, and yes, even professional ice skaters wear them.

With the advancement in fabric technology, modern-day leg warmers can be made of cotton, chenille, synthetic fibers, and sheep wool. They vary in sizes and designs and are mostly worn between the ankle and below the knee.

However, some leg warmers do cover the foot and have pads on the bottom to prevent slipping. Other leg warmers may even extend beyond the knees to the upper thigh. Whatever your needs or sense of style, you’ll be able to find the right leg warmers without feeling you’re living in the 80s!

Whether you’re camping, playing an outdoor sport, doing yoga under the stars, or hiking in sub-zero temperatures, adding a pair or two of leg warmers to your inventory of outdoor gear won’t go amiss. We’ve done the research for you, so read on and find out how to pick the best leg warmers for your outdoor activities.

Featured Leg Warmers

1. Przewalski  - Bike Leg Warmer

2. Rock Bros - Cycling Leg Warmers

3. Santo - Unisex Leg Warmers

Table of Contents

Selecting and Reviewing Our Leg Warmers: Methodology

When we research outdoor gear, we make sure every feature is taken into consideration. Outdoor clothing needs to be comfortable, stylish (no need to look sloppy because you’re riding your mountain bike), functional, and safe.

For leg warmers, key features such as design, the type of fabric used, and the purpose they’ve been developed for all play a big role in selecting the right pair. We’ve also taken into consideration gender and colors. We looked at unisex designs and ones specifically for women and men.

We checked out the materials used to construct leg warmers and looked out for breathability, and durability of the fabric (does it hold up to long days spent on the hiking trail?), and quality. We also looked at how to care for your leg warmers – how easy are they to keep clean?

The design and its functionality are important. Do you want your feet covered and need non-slip padding for grip? Or, do you want leg warmers that reach up to your thighs with grippers?

We looked at sizing and lastly, we looked at the purpose of specific leg warmers. If you’re looking for a pair of leg warmers to keep your legs warm while hiking, you don’t want to be looking at lace designs intended for evenings at the nightclub!

Our 15 best leg warmers have been reviewed according to these key features. We also listened to what other people said about wearing these lengthy socks, both the pros and the cons. Before heading on down to our reviews, find out how to pick the best leg warmers for you and your outdoor needs.

15 Best Leg Warmers of 2021

These thigh-high leg sleeves are designed for road cyclists and mountain bike riders. They come with a 2.5 cm gripper keeping them up while you’re cycling. The non-slip design includes small silicone dots on an elastic band, securing the leg warmers exactly where they need to be.

The exterior fabric is made with 85% polyamide and 15% spandex, making them stretchy and breathable while cycling. The inner fabric is fleece, giving added warmth when out in the cold. The yarn is tight and close to the skin, allowing for good blood circulation.

Przewalski  – Calf Compression Bike Leg Warmer

These thigh-high leg sleeves are designed for road cyclists and mountain bike riders. They come with a 2.5 cm gripper keeping them up while you’re cycling. The non-slip design includes small silicone dots on an elastic band, securing the leg warmers exactly where they need to be.

The exterior fabric is made with 85% polyamide and 15% spandex, making them stretchy and breathable while cycling. The inner fabric is fleece, giving added warmth when out in the cold. The yarn is tight and close to the skin, allowing for good blood circulation.

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ROCK BROS –  Cycling Leg Warmers

These long-leg sleeves are ideal for those cold morning rides or run on the road. They’re cut off at the ankle and reach up to the top of the thigh. They’re made with soft thermal with an inner lining of fleece, giving you extra warmth when riding or running against a bitterly cold wind.

These leg warmers are made with breathable 84% nylon and 16% spandex which means they have high elasticity. This gives added comfort and a close fit at the same time. What’s more, the fabric is moisture-wicking, drawing the sweat away from your body keeping you dry.

With a silicone, elastic band on the top part of the leg warmers, you won’t need to worry about these leg sleeves falling down. And, the material is durable enough to handle most activities including football, basketball, and even hiking outdoors.

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Santwo – Unisex Adult Over Knee Thermal Leg Warmers

If you’re looking for thigh-high leg warmers for dancing or for yoga, you’ll love these ones. They’re made from a blend of acrylic and cotton, making them warm and comfortable. The step on foot design, also similar to the stirrup style, keeps your heels and toes free.

The extra-stretch ribbing yarn allows for more elasticity which is ideal for those bends and stretches you need to do.

They come in a wide range of colors including black, gray, cyan, and pale blue. These are designed to be unisex and one-size-fits-all with the overall length being 29.5 inches.

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Marino Long Leg Warmers for Women

These knee-high leg warmers have been designed specifically for women. They’re constructed with 35% wool and 65% acrylic fabric creating that soft knit feel. These leg warmers do exactly that and keep your legs warm whether you’re exercising, walking outdoors in winter, or snuggling up next to the campfire.

They come in one-size-fits-all with a length of 18 inches and a flexible width of 10 inches. They can be worn scrunched or stretched up straight. They’re cut off at the ankle but have a cuff for a close, tight fit. The top-end also has a cuff-type band, designed to keep the top up and cold air out.

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Durio Women’s Fashion Leg Warmers

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t look fashionable while being outdoors, no matter what sports you’re playing. These leg warmers will make any outdoor woman feel attractive while staying warm and comfortable. Made with breathable acrylic, these leg warmers are designed to fit from the ankle to below the knee.

One-size-fits-all and the length is 15.7 inches. They come in a range of beautiful chic colors. The leg warmers look stylish too with the ribbed pattern and have enough elasticity to stretch while you move. The fabric helps to retain the heat no matter how cold or windy it is outdoors.

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Alygado Unisex Leg Warmers

Here’s a pair of unisex ankle-to-knee leg warmers that will keep your legs warm while you gear up for a game of soccer or hockey. You can even wear them when you go camping. They’re made of 100% acrylic and have a chunky, cable knit design.

These one-size-fits-all leg warmers are soft and comfortable and suitable for both men and women. They’re machine-washable in cold water but the manufacturers do recommend hand wash if you want to maintain their quality for longer.

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Santic Cycling Leg Warmers

Here’s another pair of leg warmers for cyclists, runners, and anyone else who likes exercising outdoors in cold weather. They’re constructed with 85% polyester and 15% spandex with fleece inner lining. The fabric is breathable.

The silicone grippers prevent them from falling down and reflective logos make sure you get seen in low-light conditions. The design ensures good wind flow and their lightweight without compromising on giving you warmth.

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BALEAF Cycling Leg Warmers for Men

You can use these for cycling but also for running and any other outdoor activity where you need to keep your legs warm. What’s more, these leg warmers offer protection against UV rays. They’re made with 75% nylon and 15% spandex.

The fabric is breathable and has high wicking while the flatlock seams protect against leg chaffing. Non-slip silicone grippers keep the leg warmers in place but are easy to take off when you want to strip down.

These thigh-high leg warmers are also good for compression, keeping your blood circulation healthy.

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