Friday, May 17th, 2019
You have read the product descriptions spouting some blurb about fabrics, but what are you actually paying for? Whats the benefit to you the rider? Why is it better than your favourite riding cotton tee?
We are as guilty as anyone, choosing jerseys on graphics or picking up that tee that dirty tee to go out for a ride in. But we’re keen to explain a little more bout our choices behind our products for you to understand what these fabrics are, why they work for you and expecting to pay a premium for them over a cheaper stock polyester top or paying a premium for a logo’ed. But as with other areas off our bikes we really should be knowing what your paying for and how there are some fabrics out there that can enhance your enjoyment and performance of your ride.
Our head clothing designer, Lynsey looks beyond just creating nice graphics to put on a basic fabric or stock jerseys. We take great pride in developing our own garments for our riders and working with the fabric mills to search out the best performance fabrics that have the potential to enhance your ride. As a new brand to technical apparel we are keen to team up with some of the best fabrics companies from trusted brands so you know your getting a great product.
Technical jerseys are designed to do a little more than just looking good and covering your body. They need to stretch (to not restrict your movement on the bike), wick moisture, dry fast, protect against abrasion and UV sunlight and then look good too!
The overall aim is better performance and more enjoyment on your bike. If your jersey doesn’t allow your body to breath, it makes you sweat. As well as the discomfort and coldness, this clogs up the fabric pores and potentially increases your body temperature, thus using more energy and increases fatigue. Technical fabric’s are designed to encourage moisture away from the body, allowing your skin to breath easier, with the fabrics outer layer will dry much faster due to tech fabrics construction having a much larger surface area. This regulates the temperature of your body much better.
Looking at our Blackline jersey range you will see us mention a brand called S. Café® This fabric makes up the majority of our Blackline jerseys and combined with Elastane/ Spandex (to allow the jersey to stretch to not restrict movement) is a sustainable fabric utilising the natural ability of coffee to black odours, dry fast and wick sweat.
S. Café® technology, with a low-temperature, high-pressure and energy saving process, combines coffee grounds onto the yarn surface, changing the characteristics of the filament, and offers up to 200% faster drying time compared to cotton. Also, the micro-pores on S. Café® coffee grounds absorb odours and reflect UV rays.
S.Café®,fabrics are created by the mill partnering with local coffee shops, collecting their used coffee grounds to infuse into the yarn. It’s provided a very sustainable route to supply our raw material. Once thought of as garbage, now can be looked at as “trash to cash” while we continue to collect used coffee ground and plastic bottles from landfills by giving it another life.
Nukeproof Blackline Jerseys are available in Men’s and Women’s cut in Short and long sleeve.
Also in the Blackline jersey and shorts we choose to use YKK VISLON® zippers on the rear pocket. As one of the worlds leading zip manufacturer YKK offer premium performance on a small but vital performance item.
The last thing you want is your zip to fail when you have a perfectly wearable jersey. Using their outdoor specific design to offer a chunkier track so to perform better in the dirt and mud.
The panelling and cut of the Blackline jersey is also deisgned for performance.
We blend fabrics to areas to match the performance where needed. The rear mesh panels allow moisture to wick and dry rapidly to keep you cool as well as being super stretchy. With the raglan cut of the jersey is to allow your upper body to move unrestricted on the bike as well as having a causal look.
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