Poc Aero TT Suit

£375, 2pure.co.uk

Cyclist - - New Gear -

Al­ready mas­ters of the snow-sports mar­ket, Swedish com­pany Poc ex­panded into road cy­cling as re­cently as 2013 with a range of hel­mets and cloth­ing. The brand has forged a rep­u­ta­tion for com­bin­ing safety with per­for­mance in its win­ter sports range, and now it ap­pears that the aero­dy­namic de­mands made by down­hill skiers have trick­led through to the cy­cling line, in the shape of this low-drag time-trial sk­insuit.

The Aero TT Suit is slightly dif­fer­ent to nor­mal skin­suits, where the ba­sic rule is to be as skintight and smooth as pos­si­ble. In­stead, Poc has taken a more com­plex ap­proach to achieve low drag and ef­fec­tive ven­ti­la­tion. The dim­pled sur­face of the back and arms has been made with a four-way stretch fab­ric that should aid ven­ti­la­tion but im­prove aero­dy­nam­ics. The suit also uses Poc’s Cold­black fab­ric, which re­flects more sun­light, re­duc­ing heat and of­fer­ing a UPF rat­ing of over 50.

The lower part of the suit is made of a more sup­ple fab­ric to im­prove com­fort, and the chamois uses im­pact-ab­sorb­ing tech­nol­ogy (used in pro­tec­tive shoul­der pads, for ex­am­ple) to pro­vide ex­tra sup­port at the front. The sk­insuit has also been sep­a­rated into its com­po­nent parts to make the Race­day Aero Jersey and Con­tour Aero­foil Bib­shorts. This is good news, be­cause eti­quette dic­tates that skin­suits should re­ally be re­served for race-day use (or only the most pre­cious Strava seg­ments).

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