Recently, Hincapie reached out to the Bikerumor crew, excited about their latest and greatest road kit. The company’s Edge Bibshort and matching Jersey are the top of the South Carolina company’s line. Both pieces are intended to be aerodynamic, compressive, comfortable, and–in a nice move–extremely reflective. After the jump: Edge kit photos, sizing tips, and some early impressions…
The Edge kit is available in white/red, blue/black, red/black, and the sulfur/black pictured here. Though the sulfur color can look a bit mustard-y in photos, in person it’s my pick of the bunch and the acid green accents have attracted a number of compliments.
The whole kit seems well made and the jersey’s lightweight TourTek Lite fabric is soft and cool against the skin. The arm and leg cuffs are made of a reflective HyperOptic Elastane, which light up brightly when faced with headlights (or a camera flash). They’re otherwise subtle and don’t stand out as unusual during the day. Hincapie’s Pro chamois is quickly becoming a personal favorite- moderately dense but comfortable for multi-hour rides.
the At 6′ tall but 140lb with a 30in waist, I’ll admit to being a hard rider to fit. I’ve been riding both the XS (available only in the white/red) and the S (shown here) bibs and S and M (shown here) jerseys. Not quite as snug-fitting as Hincapie’s description would imply, the small top seems to fit my slim frame as intended, while the medium allows for a bit more modesty. Similarly, the small bibs (shown) don’t quite make the most of the TourTek Compressor fabric- but the XS is a bit too short for six-footers. Riders who aren’t gangly freaks should find that the kit fits as intended if sized down.
Despite fit issues entirely of my genetics’ making, I’ve been enjoying the Edge kit and expect to get a lot of miles in on them as temperatures rise. As befitting their range-topping positions, neither are inexpensive ($130 jersey, $140 bibshort)- but their quality and features seem on par with the competition. The unique reflective bands are an added bonus.