In 2012, adidas partnered with Team Sky and British Cycling to make the best possible cycling range. This has resulted in an apparel line that is now available to the general public. With a relatively small offering for women at present, we are happy to report that plans are in the pipeline to change this.
First up for the test was the Supernova jersey and shorts.
Made from a performance fabric the jersey is as would expect from a brand that has prides itself on performance sportswear is breathable, wicks away sweat efficiently and it comfortable next to the skin. The jersey has been furnished with a technology called cocona, which the brand claims will enhance the performance of the fabric by 30-50%.
Cocona is thought to support odour management, improve moisture wicking, facilitate evaporative cooling and provide UV protection. A tall order for a material that is derived from recycled cocnut shells.
To be honest I cannot say I noticed all of these benefits. But perhaps that says it all, sometimes the best mark of a piece of kit is that it goes unnoticed as this means it hasn’t been the source of niggles or annoyance throughout a ride.
When it comes to fit, I wasn’t 100% happy with the jersey. Decked out in a size medium, I am a size UK 10. I am tall and the jersey is perfectly adequate length wise. My only gripe came to the shoulders. When fully zipped up, I felt quite restricted. For those with narrow shoulders please ignore my comment here, unfortunately I was am not blessed in this department so it is an issue for me.
Additional features on the jersey include three pockets on the rear, one of which is a zipped pocket for valuables, reflective logos and the usual three stripes for visibility in low light conditions and a full zip for ventilation.
Overall this is a good jersey, it performed well and was pretty comfortable.
The fit was a little restrictive across the shoulders.
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