We're all forced to ride in hot weather. But, while some simply put their heads down and suffer through it, other, more savvy cyclists, cheat the elements. No, we're not condoning P.E.D.s, we're talking about the 2XU Elite X Cycle Women's Jersey.
2XU understands that hot weather makes cycling even more of an endurance sport. So, it decided to construct the Elite X jersey from its ICE X fabric. This material takes a twofold approach to endurance, starting with its yarn being embedded with Xylitol. Yes, the sugar substitute. And like its application in gum, your skin will receive a cooling rush when ICE X is confronted with perspiration. Basically, the material operates as a refrigerant that rapidly evaporates moisture, then converts it into cool air. So, the fabric counteracts heat by utilizing its byproduct -- kind of like physiological recycling. Additionally, the second approach to endurance is the material's IR blocking properties. This means that infrared light is largely blocked from penetrating the skin. What's infrared? Infrared light is the most predominant form of radiation from the sun's sea-level irradiance. Basically, IR transfers around 16% more heat to the body than visible light. So, limiting your skin's exposure to this energy minimizes spikes in your skin temperature. In fact, 2XU claims that ICE X will actually lower your skin temperature up to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the fit, the Elite X jersey features a multi-paneled construction in order to complement the female form. In fact, you'll find that 2XU actually constructed the cut of the jersey on a contour, so the Elite X shape is predicated on your body in the cycling position. This way, when you move in and out of the saddle, the jersey will move with you, not against you. And to further this ideology, 2XU incorporated stretch panels at the deltoid and scapula. Additionally, the jersey's raglan sleeve design makes shifting from the hoods to the drops an effortless affair.
The jersey also features a reflective trimming in order to enhance your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions. For storage of your ride essentials, the 2XU added three ample rear pockets. And for on-the-fly heat dumps, the Elite X also has a full-length semi-autolock zipper.
The 2XU Elite X Cycle Women's Jersey is available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the colors Black/yellow, White/pomegranate, and White/bright purple.