HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR MEN'S SHORTS/BIBS - ROAD
While everyone's opinion differs on what provides comfort, we can all agree that we desire it. And while there's a veritable cornucopia of bib shorts out there to provide it, most designs are anchored to rider feedback and not rider designs. This is where Hincapie Sportswear comes in. As we all know, Big George knows a thing or two about a long duration in the saddle (try 17 Tours), and out of this experience came knowledge. Luckily for you, this education in suffering has led to its relief with Hincapie Sportswear's Edge Bib Shorts.
Hincapie approached the Edge bib shorts with a series of objectives in mind. Basically, the Edge was to represent the key fundamentals of bib shorts -- a light overall weight, a comfortable and supportive fit, and a drag reducing design. Luckily for you, Hincapie achieved each of its goals. How? Well, starting at the bulk of the construction, the Edge bib shorts features the soft-to-the-touch, ultra-lightweight TourTek Compressor fabric. At a svelte 225 GSM (a measurement of fabric weight), TourTek provides the best of both the polyester and elastane worlds. The blend ensures that you benefit from the gentle feel and powerful wicking of polyester, while maintaining the supportive fit and aerodynamic edge of elastane. Additionally, the weight of the fabric gives it compressive support that helps promote a positive blood flow to the muscles. And while it's not enough to technically classify the Edge bib shorts as a compression piece, the effects are still more than notable.
For breathability, and further weight reduction, the Edge bib shorts features Diamond Mesh at the bib straps. This produces an effective airflow through the uppers in order to keep you cool, and to aid in rapid moisture evaporation. Additionally, it also aids the fit and movement of the bib shorts with its malleable composition. So, when you bend and flex in the cycling position, the Diamond Mesh construction helps the braces move with your body, not against it.
As for the fit of the bib shorts, Hincapie designed the cut for the position and movements of cycling. Accordingly, the shape hangs on a bit of a contour, and thus affords the Edge bib shorts with a true next-to-skin fit. Further assisting this are the securing features of the bibs. You'll notice that the leg openings don't use any elastic. Instead, Hincapie opted to use its HyperOptic Elastane. This material provides a more even compression compared to an elastic gripper. Additionally, it creates a seamless surface for ideal airflow, furthering the bib shorts' aerodynamic properties. Just as impressively, HyperOptic looks ordinary by day, but in low-light conditions, it's highly reflective. This bolsters your visibility to motorists when your ride goes a little bit longer than expected.
For the chamois, you'll be resting on Hincapie's Pro Chamois. Comprised of a variable density, perforated foam, the pro insert supports the regions that need it most, without impacting the ones that don't. So, the focus has been placed at the perineal, ischial, and gluteal areas -- the points most prone to distress from saddle pressure and compression. To account for hot spots and abrasion, the Pro uses a seamless construction to create an abrasion-free support structure. And at the center of the insert, Hincapie has placed a center relief channel that promotes an increased circulation by protecting nerves like the pudendal -- the primary source of numbness when compressed.
The Hincapie Sportswear Edge Bib Shorts are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Red, Sulfur, True Blue, and White.