US-based Hincapie Sportswear have introduced a leg compression line, designed to speed recovery for endurance cyclists.
The new R3 Performance Compression kit – R3 stands for 'ride, recover, repeat' – includes US$99 tights, $49calf covers and $29 socks.
Hincapie will provide the gear to Team BMC Racing as part of their partnership for the coming racing season. Co-founder and current US pro road champion George Hincapie has signed a two-year deal to ride for BMC in 2010.
“Research shows that the use of compression garments can help you ride faster and recover quicker ride after ride,” said Hincapie Sportswear president Rich Hincapie.
“We use some of the thickest and most supportive fabrics in the industry in our R3 Performance Compression line to make products that perform better and last longer than the competition.
"Most of the top professionals have been using compression garments for a long time; we’re now making this technology available to our clubs, teams and retail customers.”
According to Hincapie, the new calf covers and men’s and women’s tights use super-supportive 140 denier R3 Compression Lycra to increase circulation and promote capillary action in the muscles.
The socks share the same Active Recovery Support system, with a poly blended thread and Circle Knit construction that promotes upward circulation from the ankle into the leg, and a ribbed foot bed hugs and stabilises the foot. The toe seam is almost undetectable, while the padded heel and toe improve comfort and durability.
“I’ve been using compression garments to help me recover quicker for several years,” George Hincapie said. “Whether I’m flying back from Europe or just hanging out around the house, Hincapie R3 Performance Compression garments help reduce my recovery time and make my legs feel better after my hardest efforts.”
Hincapie R3 Performance Compression products are available at Hincapie dealers across the US, or from www.hincapie.com, in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large.
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