Edge eVent Jacket Put To The Test

Hincapie Sportswear's Chief Product Tester revels in finding extreme conditions for our apparel. While few of us will endure what George demanded of clothing at Northern Europe's Spring Classics, we mortals still want top performing cycling apparel when conditions take a turn for the worse.

Chief Product Tester George Hincapie at work

Last weekend's Gold Country Fondo was such as circumstance. Dry and mild at the start, it soon began to rain and the temperature dropped, making for a long day in the saddle. Hincapie Ambassador Kevin Metcalfe was on hand and had the opportunity to put our Edge eVent Jacket to his own test. Here's what he had to say:

I've had a number of different cycling rain jackets over the course of my 30 years of cycling. Everything from nylon wind shells to clear plastic rain capes to several different versions of the breathable rain proof jacket. The most recent of them is my new Hincapie Edge eVent Jacket.

Two of our best rain garments: Elemental on left, Edge on right

Plastic rain capes were good at keeping the rain off, at least until they broke and cracked from age. Of course since they didn't breathe at all, you got almost as wet on the inside from the build-up of your sweat. GoreTex jackets were a big improvement being breathable, durable and waterproof. But they still eventually leaked water. My new Hincapie jacket has performed amazingly well. Here in California we've had a pretty mild winter and I've only needed to use it twice. The second time was last Saturday at the Gold Country Gran Fondo where the last four hours of our ride was in the rain, riding in a pace line getting sprayed by the riders in front of me and even the occasional splash from a passing car driving through a puddle.

Kevin Metcalfe and George Hincapie give the Edge eVent a thorough rain test

When I got back to my car at the end of the Gran Fondo and took my Hincapie jacket off, the inside was DRY. After a quick shake all the water beaded up on the outside was gone and it was practically ready to pack away for next time. By the end I was one of the few guys who was still comfortably warm. Many of the other guys were in various stages of hypothermia.

This jacket is my new favorite piece of kit. I am quite happy to leave it in my closet and enjoy the nice California weather, but when it's nasty out this is the first piece of clothing that goes into my ride bag. I love this jacket.

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We love customer feedback but this one takes it up a notch

Nothing makes our Monday morning better than hearing positive customer feedback. And when a member of Super Squadra says "The shorts make me feel like angels are caressing me," well, that takes it to a whole other level.

Hincapie Sportswear's Spring 2014 Collection Caters to All Types of Riders and Triathletes

We're pleased to present our 2014 Spring Collection with clothing to please every type of rider, from the weekend racer to Gran Fondo riders to cyclists and triathletes who want to maximize performance. New across much of the Spring 2014 line are ProGrip arm and leg bands for added comfort and performance, plus other items designed especially for high performance and hot conditions.

Updated Signature Jersey and New Signature Bibshort — This high performance kit was created for spirited cycling enthusiasts seeking the finest materials and construction. The lightweight, top-of-the-line Signature Jersey is designed for speed with aerodynamic Tour Tek™ Lite fabric, which also wicks moisture and provides cooling properties along with TurboMesh™ and Scholler coldblack® panels. A zippered, waterproof pocket protects valuables.

The climate-regulated Signature Bibshort is made to withstand wind, heat, and the elements. The durable, super-opaque AT1 Superstruct™ Lycra® Power and MachSpeed™ panels provide a supple, supportive fit. The ultra aero Deflector™ fabric on the side panels provides optimal wind resistance and the comfortable power stretch IllusionMesh™ upper wicks moisture away from the body.

Both the jersey and the bibshorts are made from strategically placed Resistex® Carbon panels to help lower temperature, heart rate and lactic acid concentration in muscles. They also utilize new ProGrip arm and leg bands and reflective treatment for enhanced visibility.

Vantage Jersey, Bib Short, Arm and Knee Warmers — The new Vantage Jersey is durable and race-inspired but designed for everyday comfort. The aerodynamic pattern and elastic TourTek™ fabric hugs the body to reduce drag and maximize performance while wicking moisture away from the skin. The Accelerator™ stretch mesh provides flexible ventilation and quick drying performance. The updated ProGrip™ arm bands, another innovative feature, provide enhanced comfort.

The Vantage Bibshort is made from durable, 225 gsm AT2 Tour™ Lycra® Power, which provides compressive support to stabilize muscles and reduce fatigue. The Lightweight TourTek™ Compressor moves and conforms to the body for the perfect fit while the soft, aerating power stretch Diamond™ Mesh upper dries quickly to help regulate temperature.

Completing the Vantage kit are warmers, gloves, and caps, made from the most innovative technology to keep moisture away from the body.

Revamped Edge Jersey and Bibshort—Designed for the weekend racer, the super lightweight and aerodynamic Edge Jersey has a race-inspired fit and is the ideal choice for hotter days. Soft, TourTek™ Lite fabric wicks moisture away from the skin and also hugs the body to reduce drag and maximize performance.

Like the Edge Jersey, the Edge Bibshort keeps the rider cool and comfortable while riding in the hottest conditions. It combines style, performance, and comfort with the ultimate in technology. The moisture-wicking AT2 Force™ Lycra® Power with coldblack® construction hugs and moves with the body for the perfect fit. The soft, aerating power stretch Diamond™ Mesh upper dries quickly to help regulate temperature while the sleek ProGrip™ comfort leg bands prevent legs from riding up.

Most of Hincapie's apparel has an SPF of 30+ to 50+, providing superior protection against UVA and UVB rays. Proprietary Schoeller® coldblack® finish technology, which reflects heat away from the body to regulate temperature, is used in many of Hincapie's apparel items. Apparel also is designed for high visibility and many of the items in the line have three rear back pockets including a zippered waterproof security pocket that protects valuables from moisture.

Women's Apparel—For 2014 Hincapie is introducing the Chantilly Jersey, an elegant and stylish jersey that works hard wicking moisture, blocking UV rays, and enhancing comfort. Made with an aerodynamic pattern, the Chantilly Jersey is crafted from a super-fine, elastic TourTek™ fabric that hugs the body to reduce drag while it wicks moisture away from the skin. One of the jersey's most innovative features is the addition of a third back pocket thanks to a “stacked” construction where the third pocket is stitched inside the two exteriors.

The Chantilly Short, a responsive, compressive short that enhances performance and conforms comfortably to the body with supple support, is an ideal pairing to the jersey. It features durable, 225 gram AT2 Tour™ Lycra™ Power to stabilize muscles and reduce fatigue. Matching arm and knee warmers also are available.

Triathlon Apparel—The Fluid Plus Tri Top now offers new lighter fabric and features ergonomic paneling while the Fluid Plus Tri Skinsuit features Hincapie Gel-grip leg openings and two gel pockets for men and one for women.

Hincapie also has updated the Flow Triathlon series thanks to input from the pro triathletes that Hincapie supports. The Flow Tri Top and Flow Tri Suits (both men's and women's) are now a lighter weight version using RaceFlow Lite with Acqua Zero Technology with 170 gsm instead of 240 gsm for increased comfort and to help triathletes feel as cool as possible. The Flow Tri Shorts and Flow Tri Suits also now have inner panels made from a dyed black fabric with increased abrasion resistance to improve the life of the garment.

Other new features include the Tri Sports Bra to keep women athletes comfortable and dry, no matter how grueling the race or how variable the weather.  The Flow Sun Sleeve, also a new addition, helps female riders stay dry and comfortable and protects against harmful UV rays. The ergonomic pattern with articulated elbows fits the body in ride position.

Hincapie Sportswear apparel is available in leading cycling and triathlon stores and online at www.Hincapie.com. Visit www.Facebook.com/HincapieSportswear, and Twitter.com/HincapieSports for more the latest news and information.

Hincapie Sportswear Introduces Fall 2013 Apparel for Cyclists and Triathletes

New Designs and Fabrics Help Riders Thrive in Cool and Wet Weather 

Hincapie Sportswear has announced its Fall 2013 Collection with apparel for fall and winter’s cooler temperatures and wet days, plus a new Italian-inspired line for style and performance. 

The Collection is the result of Hincapie Sportswear partnering with world class athletes and teams, who test Hincapie's new apparel designs in top level races and in the most extreme and harshest conditions, providing invaluable feedback used to refine and improve the company's products.  

Arenberg Series — Designed for the year-round cyclist, the new Men's Arenberg Zero Jacket and Vest is made from textured, four-way stretch MTX Wind Repel™ fabric, which provides a conforming fit and light insulation for mild to cool temperatures. The HyperOptic Roubaix™ reflective treatment gives riders superior visibility while the Super Roubaix™ back panel adds warmth and breathability. Other features protect against the elements including a weather protective center front zipper with internal storm placket, enhanced ergonomic design to improve riding comfort and element protection, and a weather-protective hem, cuffs, and collar to seal out the elements. The new women's Arenberg Zero Jacket has many of the same features.  

Other new offerings in the Arenberg Series include:

  • The Men's Arenberg Zero Bib Tight, made from soft, supple, and highly abrasion resistant four-way stretch Super Roubaix™ fabric, which insulates and wicks moisture away from the body. Wind and water resistant TourTek™ Zeropanels arestrategically placed for ultimate protection from adverse conditions. The Arenberg Zero Bib Tights also feature full bib construction with locking front fly zipper for added comfort and anatomical Hincapie Power Chamoiswith E.I.T. Max fabric.
  • Women's Arenberg Capri and Tight provides coverage and thermal insulation for extreme cold. The tights also feature anatomical Hincapie Women’s Power GT Chamoiswith E.I.T Max fabric and perforated, high-density foam inserts, plus a zippered back pocket.
  • Arm, knee, and leg warmers made from BodE Thermal Loft™, a soft, supple elastic knit fabric that insulates and wicks moisture away from the body, and fleeced-lined HyperOptic Roubaix™ fabric, which provides superior visibility on the roads while maintaining a flexible, comfortable, conforming fit.
  • Shoe covers are also new this year, made from the textured, four-way stretch TourTek™ Zerofabric, providing a conforming fit andwinter-weight insulation for riding in all seasons.

Ghisallo Series — Hincapie's new men's Ghisallo Series pays tribute tothe Giro di Lombardia, the oldest and one of the most prestigious events on pro cycling's calendar. The “race of the falling leaves” can also be one of the wettest, which is why the classic Italian-themed series is made with the highest quality fabrics to keep cyclists insulated, warm and dry during long fall and winter rides.

The Ghisallo Jersey is made for inclement weather and provides greater versatility over a wider range of conditions than nearly any other product on the market.  The jersey utilizesAcquaZero™ for water repelling and breathability with plush, fleece lining for insulation. The design also utilizes elbow length sleeves for extra protection against cool rain, and can be paired with matching arm warmers that can be added or removed as conditions change.

Ghisallo Long Sleeve Jersey, made from QuadroHotfabric, which insulates from the cold and has an inner layer of fast-drying, hollow-core fibers to wick moisture away from the skin.

Ghisallo Bib Knicker, made from winter weight, fleeced-lined BodE Thermal Heat™stretch knit fabric, providing excellent moisture wicking and unsurpassed insulation. It also features soft, supple BodE Thermal Loft™ elastic knit, which insulates and wicks moisture away from the body

Ghisallo Vest, also designed with winter. weight, fleece-lined BodE Thermal Loft™elastic knit.

Arm and knee warmers and shoe covers also have water-repellant properties.

Power Series — The new Women's Power Tour Jacket and Vest moves with the body while providing unparalleled wind protection. Regulator Tek™ with Thermocool™ optimizes body temperature regardless of activity level while the Breathable TempoMesh™super-stretch panels provide superior ventilation and freedom of movement.

Casual Series — For Fall 2013, Hincapie Sportswear has introduced racing-inspired casual wear with distinct style, a fit designed for athletes, and maximum comfort through premium fabrics. The men's Fahrenheit Jacket, features feather-light E5 Micro Ripstop™fabric with weather protective coating that stops wind and light rain and lightweight compressible recycled eco2sy® filling for maximum insulation. In the women’s line the Fontana Jacket a lightweight puff jacket that blends style with functionality. It also features the weather protective E5 Micro Ripstop™ fabricand eco2sy® filling as well as aninsulated hood to create additional warmth on colder days. 

Hincapie Sportswear also features rain jackets, gloves, and a full line of accessories to ride in any weather conditions year round.

Hincapie Sportswear apparel is available in leading cycling and triathlon stores and online at www.Hincapie.com. Visit www.Facebook.com/HincapieSportswear, and Twitter.com/HincapieSports for more the latest news and information.

Chris Lyman, Lyman Public Relations
707-256-3948, chris@lymanpr.com


Hincapie Sportswear Announces Updates to 2014 Custom Program

Enhancements Include Apparel to Keep Cyclists Cool in Hot Weather and a Wind-Tunnel-Tested Jersey

Hincapie Sportswear has unveiled the 2014 custom apparel lines plus enhancements to Team Center, its online system that makes the process simpler and more convenient for teams, clubs, shops, and special events to order custom cycling and triathlon clothing.

New Custom Men's Offerings
The Velocity Collection is the focal point of Hincapie Sportswear's 2014 Custom Collection. Velocity is designed for racing and high performance with an anatomic fit for excellent aerodynamics, premium wind-cheating fabrics, and strategically placed mesh vent panels. New across much of the line are new ProGrip arm and leg bands for added comfort and performance, plus other items designed especially for high performance and hot conditions.

Velocity Speed Jersey
New for 2014 is the Velocity Speed Short Sleeve Jersey for ultimate race day performance. The jersey features an ultra-tight fit, hidden ? front zipper, and a wide elastic waistband. It's made from wind-tunnel-tested Stealthwerks 3 fabric, which blends polyester and elastane blended threads into channels that optimize airflow over the fabric. The jersey, worn by Hincapie Development Cycling Team's Ty Magner for a second consecutive U23 Criterium National Championship in 2013, is 100% racing.

New Velocity Max Bibshort Compliments Jersey
Also new in Hincapie's 2014 Custom Collection is the Velocity Max Bibshort, matching the Velocity Max Race Jersey for summer temperatures. Velocity Max utilizes ultra-light quick-drying fabrics to wick moisture and provide a cooling effect. The jersey—created especially for the Tour de France—and now the bibshort offer riders an ideal kit for hot weather. 

New For Women
New for 2014 is a women's-specific Velocity Plus line ideal for warm weather and incorporating an innovative reflective fabric for greater visibility in low light conditions. The Jersey, Short and Bibshort have a race-type feel with TourTek Lite, a lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric that moves with the body to provide the ultimate fit and flexibility, and Quantum Mesh, which has excellent temperature regulation.  The kit also features printable, reflective HyperOptic Elastane sleeve and leg bands, SPF 50+ sun protection, and a waterproof zippered pocket. 

Updates to Axis Collection
Hincapie's Axis series provides a high-quality, lower cost option for shops, events, charity events and all-around cycling enthusiasts. For 2014 Axis's traditional construction has been updated with new fabrics, a woven zipper pull and Gel-gripper on shorts, plus a choice of relaxed or performance fit. 

Enhancements to Triathlon Collection
Hincapie's custom triathlon race clothing appeals to a broad range of competitive triathletes. The Fluid Plus Tri Top now offers new lighter fabric and features ergonomic paneling while the Fluid Plus Tri Skinsuit features Hincapie Gel-grip leg openings and two gel pockets for men and one for women. 

All triathlon apparel is made with innovative fabric technologies including RaceFlow Lite with AcquaZero, which repels moisture to the surface of the fabric causing a “quick dry” effect. Accelerator Mesh provides a combination of full coverage in a printable surface and excellent temperature regulation properties.  

Custom Program Upgrade Options And Easier Ordering
For 2014 Hincapie will offer chamois upgrades for all bottoms. Printed center Lycra panels with six additional solid color options will also provide more room for printed information. Teams and clubs will also have the option to add a reflective cuff treatment to Axis or Velocity Short Sleeve Jersey pockets.  

Team Center Simplifies Ordering and Design Process
Team Center is Hincapie's proprietary customer dashboard for placing, managing, tracking and receiving custom orders. For 2014 art review has been added to Team Center process for convenience and simplified custom design.  Once uploaded, any team member can easily review.

For more information about Hincapie's 2014 Custom Collection or its Team Center, visit www.Hincapie.com, www.Facebook.com/HincapieSportswear, and Twitter.com/HincapieSports.

Chris Lyman, Lyman Public Relations
707-256-3948, chris@lymanpr.com


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