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Take a Walk on the Wild (Yet Warm!) Side

arm warmersSpring may just be around the corner, but if you’ve been running in the great outdoors, you probably haven’t been able to bust out the shorts and tanks just yet (and if you have, I curse you and your tropical-weather living conditions!). So what’s a girl to do when a tank or t-shirt just isn’t enough but a long-sleeved shirt is too much and a jacket just seems cumbersome? Said girl needs arm warmers!

Besides being a throwback to the 80s leg-warmers movement (which is kind of awesome), arm warmers are removable light-weight sleeves that you can easily adjust up or down your arm to warm up or cool down your extremities as needed. Brilliant! While I’ve seen more and more runners wearing arm warmers these days, they’ve also good for hiking, biking or really anything you’re doing where you want the flexibility of wearing more or less clothing at any given time.

We were recently sent a pair of Wildskins arm warmers to test. Unlike a lot of arm warmers that are black or plain solid colors, the Wildskins arm warmers are as you might expect—wild! I tried a pair with the Hibiscus pattern, which were bright pink with big flowers all over them (my husband and his friend commented that it looked like my arms were tatted up with flowers whenever I wore them, which made me feel a bite more bad-ass). Made of stretch nylon spandex, they have a very snug fit (almost like a compression product) and have a thumb hole so that they really cover your full arm—from shoulder to knuckles. They also have a pocket to stash a key, credit card or ID, which I loved.

While the Wildskins arm warmers aren’t quite toasty enough to keep you warm during cold weather, they do help keep the goosebumps away during cooler weather for sure. I wish they blocked the wind a bit more, but with all of the fun patterns (the polka dot ones made me squeal!), they certainly allow you to fun-up your usual spring running look. At just under $20, they’re not a huge investment—although probably not something you’ll use every day, so a bit of a luxury item. We dig them though!

Do you wear arm warmers? Have a brand you love? Tell us all about ’em! —Jenn


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