- Stretchy windproof, windproof and thermal fabric with planty of stretch
- Arm zips mean jacket can be over or under gloves for comfort
- For a more relaxed fit sizing up is advised
Fabric is probably the most important detail in all cycling garments. The HC jacket is one of the most sophisticated winter jackets on the market with six different fabrics.
The main fabric is a stretchy bonded material, waterproof, wind proof, thermal and breathable. Important to stop wind and rain getting in and cooling your core body temperature as you ride, at the same time it needs to allow moisture and heat to escape to eliminate sweat build up and the subsequent chill that follows.
The second reason I chose this fabric is that it is thinner and lighter then other competitive brands, what this means is when used with the right undervests the HC jacket is appropriate for the widest range of temperatures.
Most brands when designing a top of the range jacket, design it to be better for colder temperatures. This often eliminates it from being used when it's just not cold enough. I wanted to avoid this with the top of the range HC jacket and make sure as your favourite jacket it can be worn as much and as often as possible.
The next important fabric is a textured 'Roubaix' (under the arms) positioned carefully to allow more heat and sweat to escape and ultimately moderate body temperature at varied riding intensities. Positioned under the arms means it is out the way of wind chill created on full frontal areas as the wind hits you. It means it's not allowing windchill in but does allow excess heat and moisture out created when training hard even in very cold weather.
The third fabric is the Kevlar panel on the elbows. This has been positioned to protect two things. In a fall, elbows are one of the most frequent contact points and to protect this area and means you will reduce your chances of serious injury. Secondly, this fabric will also protect the jacket it's self. As the top of the range jacket we wanted to do as much as possible to make it last.
Making the HC jacket visible was a big priority without compromising thermal properties. We have used a thermal, waterproof reflective material that picks up any light and reflects it strongly, positioned to be clearly visible from all angles.
- Windtex membrane
- Schoeller-Dynamic (Breathable and water repellent stretch fabric)
- High neck collar
- Full zipp
- Zipped cuffs
- Internal pocket
- 3 large pockets with drainage
- 4th waterproof security pocket
- Tail flap
- Storm flap
- Reflective panels and stripe
- Kevlar patches
- Silicone gripper
- Machine wash at 30C without fabric conditioner and rinse well
- Do not tumble dry, bleach, iron, steam clean or dry clean