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Seven Summer Cycling Kits Reviewed

  • By AJ Johnson
  • Published Jun 26, 2013
  • Updated Jul 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM UTC
Photo: Courtney Johnson

Hincapie Edge Jersey ($130) and Bib Short ($140)

Hincapie.com

Hincapie’s Edge line uses a unique blend of fabrics that feature multiple layers. The jersey is constructed from an ultra-light mix of polyester and Lycra that also has a UPF 50+ rating. A mesh blending polyester and elastane also helps with cooling. The final outer layer features a reflective material bonded just below the surface that gives the bib short a reflective quality for visibility. The Pro Chamois is multi-density, seamless and has a center relief channel.

Both pieces have a slick, silky feel that makes them look heavier than others, but they are not—they actually feel cool next to the skin. It may have only been psychological, but when the temperature rose, the feel of the fabric made it seem cooler. When I dumped water on my head and the fabric was wet, it seemed to hold the water, though it was also heavier. The jersey is cut for performance with little fabric left flapping in the wind. My size medium was close to the body throughout. The sleeves were longer than on other jerseys. The compression in the short wasn’t too much, but I could certainly feel it. The wide band on the legs does not use grippers or elastic, yet the short stayed in place and never rubbed me the wrong way. The metallic-looking grayish black and red will make you subtly stick out.

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