Monday, November 24, 2014

My Favorite New Piece of Gear–Louva Arm Sleeves! Review and Giveaway.

This week I discovered a new favorite – Louva arm sleeves.

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The reason I like arm warmers so much is that I like running in the least amount of clothing as possible. Arm sleeves mean I can wear a light shirt, but keep my arms warm. Or, if it is cooler, I can wear long sleeves with arm warmers over the sleeves for an extra bit of warmth. Once it warms up, it is easy to roll the sleeves down and they become really cool wrist bands.

So, what makes Louva different? Well, for one, they have a thumbhole!

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Secondly, these are the softest sleeves you will ever wear. Yet, they are substantial enough (not like those flimsy thin ones) that they provide some insulation (yes I was a flamenco dancer in my other life).

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Lastly (and very importantly), these sleeves do not slip and they are only $12.00!

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As some back story – the Louva founders, Amy and Jodi, started their company because they had been unable to find an inexpensive pair of arm warmers with a thumbhole. Right now, the sleeves only come in white, but Louva is working on offering a black pair as well. The reason they started with white was because they thought it would be cool for people to write their splits or mantras on the white for their races. Genius!

If you’d like to try a pair of these babies, enter here. Giveaway open to US residents and will end on 11/28.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Fine print: Louva sent me these sleeves and will provide the give away item. As always, all opinions are my own.

127 comments:

  1. I would love these! It's chilly enough for sleeves but not a jacket or long sleeves. I would use this. Also it's my birthday this week. No pressure.

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  2. I am new to cool weather running and would love these!

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  3. This is my first winter running, and I'm learning what my body needs to stay warm but not overheated. These look perfect!

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  4. I love arm warmers! I have two pair: Pearl Izumi and Oiselle. The Oiselle ones feel amazing. They're the lux ones, and they have thumbholes. But they're pricey -- I would love to see how they compare to the Louvas.

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  5. I would love to try these! I love everything with thumbholes!

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  6. I would LOVE to try these. They look super cool & it's almost my birthday. I want them. ;-)

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  7. I've never worn arm sleeves, but training for a marathon during the winter I might need them. So pick me, pick me!

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  8. Love the thumhole, need to have these!!

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  9. I've never worn arm sleeves before. You make me look like a giant winter wuss. I thought I was hardcore running in our weather conditions but I've been wrapped up like Ralphie from the Christmas Story. You're all out there in shorts....go you!

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  10. I don't usually wear sleeves, I just all on the layers, but I love the idea of the thumbhole and no need for excess layers.

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  11. I have one pair of arm warmers, but they are pretty thin. I would love something a little warmer!

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  12. Love arm warmers for a marathon, but I do usually end up throwing them..they make good nose wipers along the way though :)

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  13. I have worn arm warmers, but those flimsy kind that don't stay up and hardly provide any warmth. These look awesome - and love the idea of the thumb hole - genius!!! The up-close shot almost make them look like the thickness of socks - toasty!!!! I hope I win! Thanks for the op. :-)

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  14. i love arm warmers! i wear them during races so i can roll them down/tuck them in my shorts partway through. i don't really like running in long sleeves so i boycott that as much as i can :)

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  15. you're my soul sister not wanting to bundle up when it's cold! i live in nc and it's too cold for me here! : ) i'm an armwarmer girl... really want to win and love your blog!

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  16. Why yes, I'd like to try these. Maybe they can motivate me back into running now that fall race training is over.

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  17. Yes! Especially in Colorado winters.

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  18. I've never tried arm warmers, but I'm interested!

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  19. I've never worn arm warmers before but would love to try these!

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  20. Dang, my comment disappeared! What I said previously was...
    I've never worn arm warmers before, but I'd like to give them a try!

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  21. I like arm warmers!! Sometimes I just wear them on chilly mornings...these look great!

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  22. So much less expensive than the arm warmers I just bought!!!!

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  23. I have not worn arm sleeves but would love to give them a try. I am always wanting removable clothing especially in winter when I am cold but then warm up.

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  24. I love running in armwarmers and a tanktop. These look great!

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  25. I have never run in armwarmers but I really want to try them, I love the fabric and thumbholes :-)

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  26. I have some arm warmers with thumb holes, but they're so thin that they seem pointless. These look awesome!

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  27. I am new to running. I lost 125 pounds over the last year. I started seriously running in October and I've worked up to six miles. I am totally addicted to running! But, all this new cold weather gear is expensive! Some arm warmers with thumb holes would be awesome for this cold Kentucky winter.

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  28. You would not think I would need them in Florida but I know I do! What do I wear when it dips below 40 (and it does) these would be perfect!!

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  29. I have never worn arm warmers, but with running outside more this winter, I have wanted to try them! AND I love a good thumbhole outfit!

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  30. Thumbholes! awesome.

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  31. I have never run in arm warmers before, mainly because I don't have any...

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  32. I have one pair of sleeves that I use in the 50s/60s with a tank. They are ok but I'd like to try out different kinds..... :-)

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  33. With the way our weather is here in KY I always wish I had arm warmers. It's almost always freakishly cold at the beginning of every run from October-March, but then always warms up. Love the thumb holes!

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  34. I've never used arm warmers but would love to try them in this unpredictable OH weather!

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  35. I have a question regarding arm warmers, when you wear them and then roll them down, are they bulky? Does that drive you crazy?

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  36. Louva me some arm sleeves please! I do not own arm sleeves, yet, and have wanted to try them. I am now itching' to get a pair!

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  37. Those sound great! Maybe I'll have to buy a pair if I don't win them!

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  38. I am still new to running and have not tried arm warmers yet. They sound like something I would love on these frigid early morning runs!

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  39. I have been wanting to try arm sleeves for quite some time. Love the thumb hole!!!

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  40. I do not run in arm warmers because I don't own a pair yet. I have been on the look out for some though.

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  41. I love arm warmers! I get warm (I think more so than average) when exercising, so they're great for transitioning from being too cold when I head out to the door, to plenty warm enough once I start running. And much more convenient to tuck a pair of arm warmers in my waistband when I take them off, rather than having to tie a whole long-sleeve shirt around my waist.

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  42. I just recently tried and loved arm warmers. I love that these have a thumb hole!

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  43. Thumb hole idea is great and I would really like to see them come up with more colors.

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  44. Pick me!! But. If you don't, where can I buy my own?

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  45. Anything with thumb holes makes me happy!

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  46. I do not wear arm warmers but would love to try a pair, 16 degrees with snow this am!

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  47. If I don't win, I'm probably going to go ahead an buy a pair because I love arm warmers and $12 is a steal!

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  48. This is so awesome. I am new to running and have found that in the cold the only place on my that stays consistently cold is my arms. Weird. So wonderful to have a recommendation!

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  49. Smart idea to make them affordable - I've never worn arm warmers, even when warranted, because most of them are like $35!

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  50. Per your advice in April I wore tall socks as arm warmers for a half and they worked perfect! So I got a legit pair for normal runs. I have a pair of Brooks ones and they are great! Would love a pair of these!

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  51. I have never worn true arm warmers but I do wear ghetto ones (my husband's tube socks that I cut up). The last time was for MCM '13. You could tell where I was in the race by the status of my arm warms/gloves in the pictures - up, down, up, off, thrown away

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  52. I have never tried arm warmers-but it sounds like a fantastic idea!

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  53. I wear arm warmers for races where you have to stand around a bit and it is not cold enough to warrant a jacket during the run.

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  54. These look amazing and perfect for winter marathon training! Thumbholes are the bomb-diggity!

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  55. Love them from late fall through early spring (even under the winter running coat which I always end up tying around my waist.

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  56. Could have used these this morning -- it was COLD outside and another layer never hurts. Brrrr.

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  57. THUMB HOLES... THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look awesome!

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  58. I've only really used them in races. Why I don't use them for training runs actually boggles my mind. I hate running in long sleeves. Tank top and arm warmers are my preference.

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  59. I love arm warmers! What a great price too!

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  60. I have and use arm sleeves regularly. I live in Florida and once the sun comes up 30 degrees warms up quickly!

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  61. Oh, how I'm going to need these soon! It's 60 degrees in Massachusetts today but we'll be getting 6 inches of snow starting tomorrow so it looks like winter is almost here to stay. I'm determined to run outside as much as possible and avoid the dreadmill this winter and arm warmers would be a huge help!

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  62. I would love to try these! I am reduced to stealing my husband's old tube socks and cutting off the foot. Sad. Thanks for all you do!!

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  63. I bike alot in the winter and in CO the weather changes in an instant. Having these on hand ( no pun intended) would be a nice addition to mt biking wardrobe

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  64. I've have never bought arm warmers. I usually just cut off the ends of cheap socks from the dollar store then they start shredding.

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  65. I've never worn arm warmers when I run but I would LOVE to try these out!!

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  66. Would love to try these my winter runs.

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  67. I would love these! I find all sorts of excuses not to run in Colorado outside in the winter like "But my bike arm warmers look dorky!" and "I can't run, my thumbs are all cold and uncomfortable!" These would take away all my excuses!

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  68. I don't currently wear them but would love to try them. I think I could get a ton of use out of them during the fall and winter months!

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  69. I haven't tried them yet, I have a running shrug that I love that keeps my arms warm with a short sleeve shirt but it's a little unwieldy once I take it off since I have to tie it around my waist.

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  70. these look way nice than the old socks that i cut up and use for arm warmers... and thumbholes... awesome!

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  71. I have never worn arm warmers but they sure do look toasty warm. Love shirts and jackets with thumb holes (I always have cold hands).

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  72. I love arm sleeves! The ones I use now are compression, and I would love to try some that are warmer!

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  73. never tried them. would be perfect for winter running in PA!

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  74. Like these! I've held off on buying arm warmers because of the cost - I cut up knee highs that have gotten holey when I really really need something for my arms, but those aren't great either. And I love the idea of thumbholes. Really hoping I win these but if I don't I will keep my eyes open to buy them.

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  75. I love love love arm warmers! Living in L.A. they are the perfect accessory. Its cool in the mornings here but warms up. I too like to run in as little layers as possible and its so easy to roll them down when you get warm.. I would love a pair with thumb holes to keep your hands warm as well!

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  76. Never tried arm warmers but often wish I had some!

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  77. Wow! What a great deal for arm sleeves. I do have a pair that have the thumb holes in them and I love them. -L

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  78. I'd love to try a warmer pair...mine are very thin.... I have been tempted to make myself a pair out of warm socks like you taught us! :c)

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  79. I haven't work "real" arm sleeves, only knee socks with the toes cut off. I'd love to try real ones.

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  80. Arm Sleeves rock. I have one pair that I have used in several longer fall races, but a warmer pair would be great. I really appreciate being able to easily adjust my temperature (especially as I tend to run very hot - love cooler running temps). And it's a lot less to carry around than a jacket if you end up taking them off completely!

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  81. I have never used arm sleeves but would LOVE to give it a try!

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  82. These look fantastic! I love thumb holes. I want them in all my long-sleeved tops.

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  83. I have a pair of arm sleeves but I never wear them because they simply aren't comfortable. Too tight at the top, otherwise I suppose they would fall down. These look super comfortable and much warmer than the ones I never wear.

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  84. I would love something like this for the same reason you like them! Pick me! Pick me!

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  85. I cannot run in long sleeve tops......I just cant! So I always wear arm warmers with a shirt. These look absolutely perfect!

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  86. I wear arm warmers when it's just kinda cool. I also wear them on the bike as sun protection. I'd write lots of expletives on mine.

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  87. I prefer to run in tank tops as long as it's above freezing, which can get a little tricky in Chicago, so I have been on the quest for the perfect arm-warmers - thumbholes, great material, doesn't make me feel like I stuffed my arms into sausage casings...these look fantastic!

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  88. I don't wear arm warmers because I don't have them. But these look really cool! I like the thumbholes!

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  89. I would use these arm warmers as another layer of protection from the Wisconsin weather.

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  90. I've never worn arm warmers, but I want to try them!

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  91. I've never tried arm warmers but would love to give them a shot!

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  92. I've never had any of these, but I WANT them. I LOVE things with thumbholes and I often have super cold hands and arms.

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  93. I have a pair of sleeves I use when the temps are below 40ish. Would love to have another pair!

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  94. I wear arm warmers as an extra layer when it's chilly outside.

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  96. I don't have a pair of sleeves, but would love to try some! I always end up overdressing on top, then struggle to remove a layer mid run!

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  97. I would love a pair of these. They look warm and I love the thumb holes!

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  98. Spring is my favorite time to wear arm warmers, because it always warms up during the day. Especially useful on long trail runs. I can pull them down and up if I am up on a ridge where there's some wind.

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  99. I have a pair of hot pink arm warmers, but they're made out of a material that sometimes makes my arms COLDER. I'd love to try a nice soft delicious pair for my Colorado fall/winter trail runs!

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  100. I do wear arm warmers, most often during my races when it is too cold for a tank or short sleeves at the beginning of the race, but I know it will be too hot for long sleeves by the time I finish. Arm warmers make choosing my race outfit much easier.

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  101. these would be cool to win! My current "arm warmers" are cut off knee socks. I do like them for runs where it's cool in the morning and I'm confused by what to wear.

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  102. I'm in the market for a pair!!

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  103. I wear them when it's windy, but not cold. For a morning distance race I usually use old socks so I can toss them!
    Have only worm them with a tank or shorts sleeves, though. Never considered wearing them over longer sleeves, too. Clever!

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  104. I've never tried them, but I figure they'd be great at the beginning of long races when it's still super cold! I have layering over my body but my arms get chilly.

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  105. I wear arm warmers occasionally when it gets below 40. I really need new ones because mine just fell apart.

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  106. Well, I'm up for anything I can put my thumb in, so.....

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  107. Sometimes in early spring races.

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