We Still Got Muffin Legs
When the parcel first arrived I pulled these leg warmers on with what can only be described of as Great Expectations. Since the warmers are unisex, and women on average have 10 per cent more body fat than men (deposited kindly around the bum, hips and thighs) I opted to try both the Medium and Large/XLarge warmers to make sure I gave them the best chance.
The less said of the Medium pair, the better. Being an 8-10, I’d usually opt for Small or Medium brand dependant, but these were clearly not built with me in mind. The cuff at the top was far too tight and cut each thigh in half like a sausage wearing a piece of string. That’s fine – X-Bionic take in-store care very seriously at their dealers and I do believe if I were shopping with them I’d be guided to the larger pair. It is worth bearing in mind that this doesn’t leave much room for anyone much larger which is a bit restrictive.
Pulling on the Large set, my attention went first to the gripper. The warmers being Large/XLarge and thus very long, this sat just below my bum – creating more of a ‘bum shelf’ than a ‘muffin leg’ look – but a marked groove none the less.
I could roll them down to go for the mid thigh mark if I fancied..
So no – these warmers did not slay the Muffin Leg dragon – but all is not lost. The thing about this look is that it bothered me until I sat down and discussed it with my fellow female riders and observed other women around me.
Aside from those with incredibly low body fat, every female cyclist I know suffers from muffin leg from time to time. Arriving at early season races this spring, I noticed even the girls topping the most competitive start lists have a little bulge. National Champions get the leg warmer bump.
In fact, and I hope they don’t mind me drawing attention to the fact, even absolutely amazing, incredibly fast pro-cyclists get muffin leg – perhaps not immediately but once you’ve been on the bike a while and the warmers have had a chance to roll down a bit and shift, it just happens – to all of us:
I wouldn’t say that I would turn down the perfect pair of non-crease-creating warmers, but it’s certainly not a problem worth worrying over. Leg warmers are a genius invention – allowing us to jazz up summer shorts and make them last longer, and giving us a get-out-of-the-furnace option when we overdress for a ride. So, I say we all just make a collective decision to wear them anyway – un-selfconsciously.
On the scale 0f ‘Muffin Leg creater’ I’d place X-Bionic on the middle to low end – I’ve seen it done better, and I’ve seen it done worse, I’ve never seen it done perfectly (there’s an idea for you if there are any fashion/design students looking for a gap in the market).