Hincapie Sportswear have announced their Spring 2013 clothing collection which includes a number of fabric innovations. Here are the highlights…
The Power Series is intended for everyday use, the jersey (£84.99) being made from Aerator double-weave fabric that’s designed to wick away moisture and dry fast. Hincapie are including lots of reflective details across the range and here you get a reflective flatlock seam at the back and black reflective logos.
The men’s Power GT bibshorts (£134.99) are made from a fabric called AT2 Force Lycra Power and they feature Coldblack finish technology to reflect heat away from your body (Rapha, for example, use this technology on some of their clothing too). The saddle wear areas use ABR Resistor Lycra to avoid abrasion.
One of the most unusual features of the bibshorts is the HyperOptic Elastane fabric which features pinhead-sized eyelets and a reflective surface underneath. In the daytime the colors of the top elastane layer are visible. But the idea is that at night, vehicle light shines through the tiny eyelets and bounces off the hidden reflective subsurface to increase your visibility.
Hincapie describe the Nitro Series (main pic) as “essentially a team kit for individuals”. The jersey (£74.99) uses elastic TourTek fabric and Accelerator stretch mesh, and it’s cut close to reduce drag. The matching bibshorts (£89.99) use a seamless, anatomical multi-density Pro Chamois with perforated foam inserts.
Pro team BMC Racing use Hincapie clothing and rider feedback has apparently influenced the race-centric Edge line. This is Hincapie’s most race-focused kit, aimed at serious riders.
The Edge jersey (£89.99) uses lightweight TourTek Lite fabric in a body-hugging cut, and the sleeves are finished with reflective HyperOptic Elastane (see above) to boost your nighttime visibility.
The shorts (£99.99) are made from TourTek Compressor fabric that’s designed to provide compression support and, like the sleeves, they get that HyperOptic Elastane edging with a hidden reflective surface.
Hincapie reckon that the aero construction of their Edge clothing means that in the wind tunnel they found it 2secs faster per kilometre than regular kit.
All of the items shown here are available in different colours through Evans Cycles. We’ll get some in for review here on road.cc.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.