A break from the wind
It's no secret that wind is a cyclist's worst enemy. Not only is a headwind power zapping and demeaning, but its breath will have you shivering if you aren't properly shielded. The Hincapie Sportswear Power Tour Jacket combines three fabrics to create a lightweight barrier against chill.
Hincapie used its Advanced LTX Wind Repel fabric for the membrane of the Power Tour jacket. This four-way stretch material is designed not only to block wind, but to also mold and move with the body while you're in riding position. The inside was given a hydrophyllic treatment, which means that it's able to hold water — in this case it rapidly pulls moisture away from you skin in order to keep you dry from the inside-out. After all, in the wind, dry skin is warm skin. The outside of the membrane received a hydrophobic treatment so that it resists light rain. The body of the jacket was constructed from Hincapie's RegulatorTek fabric. This knit fabric uses Advansa Thermocool, which features varying cross-sections of yarn. This material assists with evaporating sweat, as well as holding body heat next to the skin. Strategically placed panels of TempoMesh have also been included in order to assist with thermo-regulation. This mesh is flexible, yet it's thick enough to provide coverage from elements. Combined, these three fabrics create a lightweight, windproof, and water-resistant layer that's perfect for cool fall days.
The Power Tour jacket features set-in sleeves, and a slightly elongated back for coverage while riding. The collar is high enough to keep your neck dry without rubbing on your helmet, while the lightly knit cuffs stay in place over or under gloves. The full-length zipper is finished with a zipper garage to keep the wind out, and three generous back pockets keep all your riding essentials dry. For low-light riding conditions, reflective accents have been added to make you more visible to traffic.
The Hincapie Power Tour Jacket is available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors Red and Black.
- Item #HIN0405
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Can't beat the price. I'm 6'4", got the XXL, which may be a touch large for me, but adequate length is more important to me than race fit. I've done two 50-60 degree rides, only needed a light t-shirt underneath, if that. Will have to update the review for colder weather/rainy weather performance.
Having said that, the pics don't do the jacket justice. Very sleek, very cool, looks good and is very comfortable.
UPDATE: Ok, got poured on....I'd say it lasted 30-45 min....so....windproof, yes....waterproof....not so much....again, you can't beat the price...but if you need maximum waterproofing, this may not be your jacket...I give it a C+....I wasn't drenched, but my Bontrager soft shell (more of a winter jacket) blows this away in terms of waterproofing...in a downpour, you'll be damp.....
Great jacket for cool & dry 45-65* days. Light medium-weight stretch material, non-flapping jacket. Breathes well on the back panels and under the arms.
Quality: I own a lot of Hincapie gear now. I have found the quality to be uniformly excellent -including this jacket.
Fit: I am 5'10 and 185lbs. The "large" fits me perfect. Perfect in the shoulders. Plenty of length in the arms. And form fit in the torso (so no flapping in the wind).
Overall: Hincapie clothing is designed and engineered with a lot of obvious care and attention to detail by George Hincapie -a pro rider and legend who rode in the Tour de France 17 times. The company is run by George and his brother Richard (also a rider). You can tell. Excellent design details.
Highest recommendation -especially in the red/blk- good looking!