The Hincapie Power Jersey is a lightweight, airy jersey for everyday summer riding.
The Power Jersey is made from two different types of fabric. The vast majority of panels are Aerator double-weave fabric, which is a type of polyester. It's very lightweight and it's covered in little dimples that allow air in, helping with cooling and drying.
The panels on the sides, the undersides of the arms, and behind the neck are made from VenTech, which is a polyester/Spandex mix. As you can imagine, this is a lot more stretchy, giving you good freedom of movement. This material is dimpled too, allowing plenty more ventilation.
The Power jersey is very cool in hot weather because of all that airflow. The flip side is that you probably won't get much use out of it when the temperature is below about 20°C – unless you wear something underneath or on top, of course.
If you do work up a sweat, the Power Jersey deals with it well. You can get the fabrics damp, of course, but they dry out really quickly – that's this jersey's biggest strength.
Another point in its favour is the fact that the seams are flat-lock stitched throughout. It's a neat touch on something that's likely to be worn right next to your skin.
The waist is elasticated with a silicone gripper inside to help it stay in place while the full-length front zip comes with a large metal puller that makes for simple on-the-fly adjustments.
You get a zipped rear pocket in addition to three open-topped ones in the lower back, and the little black logos on the front and rear are actually reflective. The same is true of some of the stitching used for the panel behind the neck, although you'd never notice that in daylight. The jersey offers SPF 30+ protection. All in all, there are quite a few cool little features here.
Finally, a word on sizing... I had a medium jersey but I think it fits more like a large. If you go to the relevant page on Hincapie's website https://www.hincapie.com/products/menswear/jerseys/R101M13/ and click on the sizing chart, you'll get all the info you need to ensure the right size.
Decent jersey with a few neat features, but a bit expensive for what it is
road.cc test report
Make and model: Hincapie Sportswear Power Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Hincapie say: "The Hincapie Power Short Sleeve Jersey offers everyday performance with refined styling.
Fabric: Quick-drying Aerator double weave fabric, VenTek stretch mesh
Fabric Properties: Wicks moisture away from the skin, panels provide unprecedented freedom of movement and comfort
Cut: Comfortable flat-lock seaming throughout garment
Pockets: 3 rear pockets
Reflectivity: Reflective flat-lock thread used on seam at centre back mesh panel, Black reflective logo treatments for high visibility
Protection:SPF 30+ by construction for superior UVA/UVB protection"
There are actually four rear pockets, counting the zipped one.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Hincapie say this about the two fabrics:
Performance Double Weave with Nano UV Cool provides excellent moisture absorption and quick dry properties, while permanently protecting against both UVA and UVB rays with 50 UPF.
Performance single mesh provides unprecedented freedom of movement and natural comfort to the body. The unique fine crimping process used to construct this fabric lends to its sensuous touch and conforming mobility.
Flat seams are good and the zips are good quality ones from YKK.
If you're after something to keep you cool in hot weather, this will do the job, and it dries very quickly if it does get damp with sweat.
It's a good jersey but I can't help feeling it should be about a tenner cheaper.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's very good at keeping you cool and drying out fast.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The speed at which it dries out if you get it sweaty.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing stands out on that front.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? It probably doesn't do quite enough to set itself apart from the crowd.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly
About the tester
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four 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. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.