Relatively new to the cycling scene, POC, a Swedish company specialising in cycling and winter sport apparel has launched their 2016 range and we were lucky enough to get our hands on just some of the new kit.
Raceday LT Aero Jersey
The Raceday range covers everything from helmets to gloves and jackets and for 2016 the collection has been bolstered with garments such as the Raceday LT Aero Jersey. This jersey is built for speed, yet is also comfortable, with the innovative use of a 3D 4-way stretch fabric. The perfect addition to your sportive or race wardrobe, the jersey's fast wicking, breathable and lightweight credentials make it perfect for clocking up the miles in the heat.
Similar to a golf ball, the dimpled surface on the back and shoulders has been added to reduce drag and improve aerodynamics.
The low neckline adds comfort and the material used on the neck, lower back and under the arms enhances airflow. A high performance fit, the jersey features elasticated cuffs. Practicality has not been sacrificed, as the jersey also features a full-length YKK zipper and three rear pockets.
Complimenting the Raceday jersey, the gilet is perfect for wearing on chilly descents, early morning spins or when cooling down from a race. The lightweight gilet weighs a mere 133 grams yet is heavy on features, which include a dense fabric on the front of the garment, designed to reduce windchill.
Four way stretch fabric has been incorporated into the back of the gilet to allow for an aerodynamic cut and to improve breathability.
A full-length YKK zipper makes taking the Raceday Gilet on and off a simple task. The gilet is perfect to pack away ready to be stowed away in a back jersey pocket, ready for when you need it next.
Raceday Thermal Jacket
For when the temperature drops and the weather is less than favourable, the Raceday Thermal Jacket comes into its own. The water repellent design also shrugs off windchill, yet is also highly breathable.
The lightweight softshell construction is in line with the Raceday range's high performance design. Further complimenting the jacket are breathable and water repellant underarm sleeve panels.
Keeping road spray at bay, the rear flap is a neat inclusion, as is the elasticated hem, which keeps the jacket in place and adds to the Raceday Thermal Jacket's figure hugging yet comfortable fit.
Fondo Light Jersey
New for 2016, POC's AVIP and Raceday ranges have been joined by the Fondo. Designed for those who enjoy cycling for the pure joy of it, like the thrill of the adventure and who appreciate eye-catching styling and a sublime fit.
Ideal for weight weenies and those who demand a lightweight and unrestrictive garment, the Fondo Light Jersey is made from polyester, which as well as being comfortable, is also highly breathable.
Adding further ventilation, the full-length front zipper is paired with mesh inserts, which have been placed under the arms.
A jersey for long days in the saddle, the cuffs and collar are made from a soft material, allowing for exceptional next to skin comfort.
Carrying all your ride essentials is possible with the three rear pockets, while the elastic hem, also on the rear, allows the jersey to keep its shape.
If you do get carried away and are riding home in low light, the reflective POC and Fondo logos on the back will be a welcome addition.
The Fondo range is all about the adventure and POC have incorporated this into the jersey's design with each colour, zip pull and graphic, on the rear pocket, representing a different city around the world.
Fondo Bib Shorts
All you need from a bib short, the Fondo offers exceptional comfort, with a performance fit and understated styling. The warp knitted stretch fabric is soft against the skin and allows for a wide range of movement.
Simple yet effective, the four panel design is designed to support the muscles and improve circulation and speed up recovery.
Specifically designed for the shorts, the Fondo chamois is supportive and relieves pressure points, making the shorts ideal for long rides. A high tech silicone set of VPDS inserts have been added to reduce road vibrations. The carefully constructed chamois also enhances airflow to the lower regions.
The high waist adds comfort and small valuables can be kept safe in the mesh rear pocket.
AVIP Toe Cap
The AVIP range is designed to keep you seen and looking good, whilst offering top of the line performance. Keeping wind and water off your toes, the AVIP Toe Cap is bright, durable and easy to pull on and off your shoes.
Made from 100% silicone, the pull-tab and bold styling makes it a must have addition for riding in changeable weather.