Cycling, running and outdoor fun is part of the culture here at Hincapie Sportswear. We put our products to the test every day, just like you will, and we've definitely found some favorites. After listening to Kirk go on and on about how much he loves his Alpe Brim Cap, we thought it would be fun to get the opinions of other staff members to find out what their favorite Hincapie Sportswear products are. We love it when magazine editors rave about our stuff, but there is something more organic about getting opinions from regular people. Here's what some of our staff members had to say about their favorite Hincapie gear.
Drew France, Custom Program Director
I love the Paris Hoodie sweater! Its part of our Merino Wool line that I am nuts over. I like the Paris Hoodie in particular because 1. It keeps me warm (great for our freezing cold office) 2. It doesn't itch (even better) and 3. It doesn't smell. Well I guess #3 would apply more to the wool activewear, but if you commuted in this piece then you wouldn't have to worry about stinking up your office! But not only is this hoodie practical and functional, its super cute too! I have the pink one, but I need the Ice color also (hello, Santa?). I love them both, and a girl can never have too many cute wool sweaters when those temps dip below freezing! I wear this piece almost every weekend to hang out and run errands. It goes great with my Hincapie jeans.
Lynn Joslin, Sales Manager
Merino Wool Long Sleeve Baselayer
The Merino Wool LS Baselayer is my best friend these days. I wear it all day in the winter, and I ride in it on the weekends. It feels great against my skin and I'm always warm. It doesn't itch and it doesn't smell when I get a little sweaty. It's really an amazing product. We make short sleeve and long sleeve versions for men and women, so there is a Merino Wool Baselayer for every condition.
Kirk Flinte, Creative & Interactive Director
Alpe Brim Cap
This hat (along with my wool base layer and socks) is a core part of my daily winter wardrobe. It has the classic look of a cycling cap, plus offers fantastic winter protection. It's super soft, has great wind blocking and covers my ears. On top of that, it makes me feel like an old Belgian pro when I'm out battling old man winter while my competitors are on the sofa.
Courtney Lewis, Merchandising Manager
Merino Wool Gloves
For me, the Merino Wool Glove is the perfect winter accessory. From the biking to running and even getting into your car on those chilly mornings, this glove will keep you warm and toasty. My favorite feature is the silicone gripper palm which helps you really get a grip on whatever needs gripping. You can even use your touch screen phone with these gloves on. For under $30, why not have them stashed in a few places so you are never without your Merino Wool Gloves?
Andrea Housley, Customer Service Manager
Hincapie Fiesole Jersey
My favorite winter product is the Hincapie Fiesole Jersey. I love the Merino Wool fabric. It is soft and warm. I layer the Hincapie Long Sleeve Merino Wool Baselayer in natural color underneath and that enables me to wear the Fiesole jersey all winter long.
Steve Baker, Marketing Director
When the temperature drops, I love to ride in the Arenberg Bibtights. The fleece-lined, SuperRoubaix material keeps me warm and comfortable on rides in temperatures approaching the freezing point. We don't advertise them as wind-proof, but I find that the tight knit is very wind-resistant. I prefer the tights with a built in chamois in cold weather, because they keep my core much warmer than wearing regular shorts with leg or knee warmers. The reflective piping is stylish and ads an extra amount of visibility on cold winter days. The cuff zippers make them easy to get on and off. (We make similar tights out of SuperRoubaix material without a chamois that are awesome for multisport activities and cold weather layering.) The Hincapie Arenberg Bibtights are definitely one of my go-to winter garments.
Rich Hincapie, President
George Signature Jacket
Winter temperatures can be fairly mild in SC, so I spend a lot of time riding in a jersey, arm warmers and a vest. But when the temperature really drops, I break out the George Signature Jacket and it does the job every time. It's windproof and waterproof, and it keeps me warm on the coldest days. It breathes really well, so I never feel like I'm going to overheat. It's also great having pockets on the jacket so you don't have to keep unzipping to get to your phone or food. For really cold rides, I always choose the George Signature Jacket.
Scottie Weiss, Graphic Artist
WindTex Polar Jacket
My favorite winter product is hard to narrow down since I couldn't ride at all without most of the gear we offer but if I had to choose one it would be my WindTex Polar Jacket!! This jacket is a must have on any ride nearing the freezing mark! I love that it allows so much flexibility while riding even if I have multiple layers underneath. In other words, I don't feel like the Michelin man when I wear it. It also has a very sturdy double zipper that zips either direction, so it's easy to vent hot air halfway up my longest climb. No stopping required, which is a great value add in my book! Other nice touches are the sizable pockets that allow plenty of room for extra gear! The zippers on the sleeves are great. I always remove a glove when digging in my pocket for a snack, and the cuff zippers make that easy! No need for me to worry about the temp outside when I wear the WindTex Polar Jacket. It keeps me nice and warm on below freezing days or nights. What else could I ask for? Wait...my Hincapie winter gloves you ask, well that's another must hear story...to be continued.
Watch a video of Scottie putting the Windtex Polar Jacket to the test.