Living in NE Florida, the morning temps are "relatively chilly" from just a few months ago. Not only do these sleeves protect from the sun (Full disclosure - I have not worn these in the heat yet) but they are the perfect sleeve for these fall mornings when a thermal sleeve may be too warm. I don't keep things white, so it's a matter of time before the miles put on some grease, grime, sweat and dirt. After a few wears, I am glad I bought these sleeves. They are a tad heavier than some other summer sleeves I own so will have to test them out next summer.
I have been riding in the Texas summer sun a lot and have been taking on a lot of recent skin damage even with full sun block. Since buying these I've made a point to carry them along, but only turned to them twice after finding myself fully baking on the pavement in the 95+ degree sweltering heat. Both times I felt like an immediate and noticeable cooling relief from the sun and temps wondered why I haven't been using them more often and at the start? I can feel the cooling effect only when there is reasonable air flow or wind. I do feel a warmer when stopped, but even then I can feel them helping to mitigate the direct sun. Sizing seems true to the chart... I am 5'10' and have about a 14.5" upper arm circumference and the large fit fit just slightly tight with good length for me. With the silicone on the bands, these do not slide. They seem to have gotten slightly discolored after a couple of washes and the white does not hold up as brightly as anticipated. I ordered these along with a pair of PIs at the same time but returned the PIs right away as they were sized too small and they felt warm rather than cool.
Since I converted to using sun sleeves I wear them around on sunny days even when I'm not riding. They are great for hiking or out on a boat when you will be out in the sun for a prolonged period of time and sweating constantly. I bought them for my wife, son-in-law, and several pairs for me though they dry so quickly unless you train every day you can hand wash them and they are no more than slightly damp the next morning. So far I've used Castelli and Procorsa and found both brands to work equally well. I am 5' 9" 165 lbs. (large Castelli) my 6' 1" 200 lbs. son-in law found the Procorsa large to fit fine. Skin cancer is no joke! Let's avoid that shall we? Stay healthy!
I commute 26 miles a day, and have used these sleeves all summer. They work as advertised, and once they're on, you don't notice them at all. I also use them for protection when kayaking. Would definitely buy these again, and am wondering why it took me so long to get them in the first place.
Likes: snug fit, stylish, manage sweat, keep cooler, long enough to fold gripper down, keep bugs and sun off.
Comments: tightly-woven fabric is not as breathable as other sleeves, but they may not wear out as quickly either. These do not hold as much water/perspiration as other sleeves. Price was acceptable.