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4 5

This is an excellent cool-weather knicker. The fabric is relatively lightweight with no "loft." Hence, it will be good for 45-65 degree temps. Any cooler and you will want something a little heavier.
The fit is excellent. I am 6'1", 185lbs, but with bigger than average glutes/hams.
Thus, i am always in-between a L/XL, depending on brand. These XLs fit me well, relative to LGs, which ran a little large. The leg grippers worked well too.
On sale, these are a good value.


4 5

This has become my new favorite jersey. The fit is superior to my Assos SS.13 and my Pearl Izumi Pro.

The fabric provides a silky smooth compression fit, and the sleeves stay put midway on my biceps throughout the entire ride. It lies perfectly flat across my shoulders, and I do not get the usual "flutter" behind my neck when in the drops.

My only beef is the funky flap on the collar to hide the zipper. It's too big and unnecessary. The good news is that it can be folded in the opposite direction out of the way. If this was gone, I would give it a five-star rating.

Regarding sizing, I am 6'1", 185 lbs, 41-42 chest, and the XL fit perfectly. Perhaps a bit long, but I experience that often, as I have a shorter torso but long legs.


3 5

Last winter I bought one the previous model on clearance in preparation for the upcoming TT season. I am 6' 1" and about 185, so I am often right in between Large and XL, depending on the manufacturer. The Large I could barely get on, and while the XL was good in the upper body, it was a little droopy in the seat. Nevertheless, I went with the XL, as once I assumed the position on my TT bike, things tightened up. I did, however, experience the same problem with the cuffs as the other reviewer. I actually took mine to my tailor and had him tighten up both the wrist and leg grippers! He charged me twenty bucks.

When Hincapie released the new Emergence model, of course I had to try it. Fortunately, my older model fit a good friend of mine like it custom made for him, so it found a good home.

I was hoping and expecting that the latest iteration might refine some of the flaws noted on the earlier model. Unfortunately, I have the same issues with loose-fitting cuffs and leg grippers and a droopy seat as I did with the previous model. Looks like I'll be visiting my tailor again! The fabric is indeed comfortable and construction is first rate. They simply need to correct these minor flaws. I rode the suit to victory in its first race last weekend, and I am certain the skinsuit was the difference.

As an aside, I also tried the new Castelli Body Paint suit. I originally ordered the XL, as I have successlly worn other Castelli garments through the years in that size. This, however, was indeed "body paint!" I returned it for an XXL, which fit well through the body, chest, and seat, but which now suffered from sleeves that were disproportionately too long--like 3-4 inches too long! I contemplated taking it to the tailor for shortening, but opted for the Hincapie instead. Thankfully, RC sent me a return address label, making the return about as painless as possible. Thanks RC.