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After a prolonged period of time in the saddle, we'll all take an efficiency boost from wherever we're able to get it. However, while most turn to nutrition, hydration, or aerodynamic wheels to achieve this relief, the jersey remains as an overlooked conduit to these ends. Lucky for you, though, the Hincapie Sportswear Nitro Jersey has been designed to provide both comfort and slight aerodynamic gains. And more importantly, these attributes come at a fraction of the price anything within the realm of carbon fiber.

Starting with the primary, drag-reducing portion of the jersey, the sleeves, which is also the foreword most point of the jersey, Hincapie used its Dimplex Lycra for the construction. This material builds on the moisture-wicking HinSpeed Lycra, produced for Hincapie by Eschler, by giving the Lycra a dimpled surface. And like a golf ball, or Zipp Wheel's ABDC technology, this pattern interrupts the airflow crossing the surface of the Nitro in order to reduce the body's aerodynamic profile. Dimplex also benefits the user in the form of a compressive composition, reducing the fatigue-inducing effects of road vibration and muscle oscillation. In addition to this, the fabric is also provides a SPF 30 level of sun protection, protecting the skin from needless burns.

Over the torso, the Nitro features Hincapie's staple material, the TourTek fabric. This material provides a lightweight covering of the skin that effectively wicks moisture away, while also providing a conforming and adaptable fit. Accordingly, when coupled with the contoured fit of the jersey, there's no flapping in the wind, further reducing your aerodynamic profile. In terms of ventilation, you'll find that the Nitro features the Accelerator stretch mesh material at the underarms, giving excess body heat an efficient point of escape.

A full-length front zip gives you full control of on-the-fly ventilation, and three rear pockets ensure that you're able capable to carry everything that's needed for your long rides.

The Hincapie Sportswear Nitro Jersey is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Ocean, Red, and Sulphur.

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Summer Style: Marc Lindsay

    The price of cycling kits these days seem to have no ceiling. A good pair of bib shorts and a nice jersey to keep you cool in the summer time can average anywhere from the $120 dollar range all the way up to $500. And that's not including the gloves or the socks. While it may very well be worth it to shell out the dough if your doing a century and plan on spending six hours or more on your saddle in the summer heat, how is one to know which kits are worth the money and which aren't?

    The Hincapie Nitro collection is one that fits the bill, especially in the summer months when it's hot. Here's why.THE FIT \nSome clothes look good on a hanger, and some look good on you. The Hincapie Nitro bib short and jersey combo definitely falls into the latter category. This kit will make you feel fast before you ever get on the bike. Lesser cycling kits have a tendency to bunch on the shoulders or become baggy on the arms, making the jersey feel more like a t-shirt than a high priced aero jersey. And the leg grippers are just right too-they won't slide up while your riding but aren't so tight that you'll feel got a rubber band tied around your thigh. The Lycra in the bibs are light, breathable and provide just enough compression to support your muscles without feeling tight. The seams are stitched with such high quality precision that you'll barely be able to notice they exist. Overall, from top to bottom, this kit will make you feel like a pro.

    BREATHABILITY \nWith the Nitro collection and the Power Max jerseys (designed specifically for the summer), Hincapie sportswear has decided to focus a lot of effort into keeping you cool and comfortable. The bib short straps are wide and made of a Diamond Mesh that dry quickly and won't trap in excess heat. The jersey uses Accelerator stretch mesh along the shoulders and back to make it extremely breathable too, and you'll notice this difference in material quickly from others like it once your riding on the scorching hot asphalt.