With the addition of extra protection, Pearl Izumi has improved their best selling thermal knee warmers. The Elite Thermal Knee Warmers now feature PI Dry™ technology, a hydrophobic treatment that makes the fibers repel water without effecting the breathability or the feel of the fabric. This is a highly effective protection layer for fabrics that stretch such as woven or knit materials. By holding in heat, blocking most incoming air and now water, these knee warmers deliver a higher level of overall protection with no appreciable gain in weight and a minimal bump in price.
It is crucial to protect the tendons, ligaments, and muscles that reside in and around the knees as they are exposed to oncoming wind and cool air. All lose flexibility and are stressed when too cold. Some experts recommend riders cover their knees from 65 degrees and below, even when you feel warm. The Elite Thermal Knee Warmers they combine exceptional warmth, stretch, comfort and anatomically informed design for ideal fit and function. The wide top elastic is plush, so it holds the silicone gripper in place without cutting off your blood supply. These warmers are secure and do their intended job perfectly.
The ELITE Thermal Fleece panels are laid out to follow the natural contour and muscularity of the knee and surrounding leg. The material itself is exceptionally stretchy, and maintains its elasticity over time. The wide top gripper features light elastic with a silicone gripper for extra hold to ensure a stay-up fit that is comfortable. Now with the water protection of PI DRY, these warmers protect your knees- period. Buy them, and when it is not cold enough for full tights, or you are going to push temperature zones on your ride, wear or carry them with you. Your knees will be happy and grateful.