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September 17, 2018

SPF – What does it cost to be sun safe?

UV & SPF are these days common acronyms; we are becoming far savvier about the dangers & long term damage of sun exposure.

We’ve all seen the photos of pro cyclists with awful (ok, sometimes amusing!) sunburn marks, we all know about the ‘golden rule’ to keep our short tan lines straight & we’ve all underestimated how quickly a couple of hours in the saddle can turn a pleasant sunny ride into a sweaty sunburn fest!

But what does this mean for the kit you buy; is it essential to buy something with a verified SPF factor? Are you putting your health at risk if you don’t? How much better is a jersey with an SPF on the label than one without?

The answer – the devil is always in the detail, which in this case is the fabric used.

This came up for discussion recently talking about the Eurosport GC range, developed as a collaboration with the Eurosport team as the first foray of the brand into creating their own kit, so I’ll refer to that!

Our Eurosport Jerseys are verified as SPF 50, whereas the Bibs aren't. Does that mean they have no SPF protection? In a word, no!

The Jerseys are 100% Polyester and SPF 50. This means they keep you protected from the sun, and have all the features you’d expect from a decent performance jersey. Polyester itself is always anti UV, so although a verified fabric will have been treated & tested to authenticate the value of its SPF factor, any Polyester Jersey will provide some level of UV protection. Synthetic fabrics are great at blocking UV rays due to the weave of the fabric fibres used in their construction.

Now the Bibs – they are 80% Polyamide and 20% Spandex. This blend was carefully selected for the properties of both fabrics and the combined benefits. Spandex is another fabric with a very high level of natural UV protection as it is comprised of Elastane fibres. As well as other qualities such as providing great compression, the fabric proves to be highly retractive (doesn’t go baggy in the wash!).

Why mix it with Polyamide you ask? Polyamide is highly durable, has a good elasticity rating and is crucially, quick drying. Wicking is today's standard for all sports apparel; it stops moisture collecting next to your skin, so keeps you dry & comfortable, prevents rubbing or chafing, and is anti-odour and anti-bacterial. All pretty important stuff if you’re spending any amount of time on your bike! It also reflects UV rays so provides better sun protection than any matte or cotton fabric which actually absorbs UV.

So – if you mix Spandex & Polyamide, you get a pretty much perfect fabric for a pair of performance bibs, with a decent SPF level & a host of other properties.

What does this all mean? Choose your kit wisely & decide what you need from your clothing!

It’s impossible to educate ourselves about every fabric and technology out there, particularly since new tech appears all the time, but what we can do is select our apparel with an informed opinion as to what we need and what we don’t, what is worth paying more for and what isn’t. For us all this is unique and individual.

For me – I’ll check the composition & choose the product I think best suited for my environment; marketing is just marketing, and I’ll choose a product using my experience as to what fabrics I believe perform best & which I trust. Quite honestly, if i’m out in very hot conditions, I’m one of those people who prefer to wear as minimal clothing as is considered respectable!!

And after all, whatever it says on the label, nothing beats a good sun cream!

 


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Size Charts & Buying Guide

Size charts & buying guide

 

Below are the Tenn sizing charts, and some information about measuring, and technical properties which we hope will be helpful. If there is anything you need a hand with, that we have not included here, please Contact Us and we are always happy to help!

Measuring

As a general rule, keep the measuring tape firm, but not too tight. If you're measuring yourself, try to take them more than once, to average out any change in your posture.

Measuring your chest:

Simply measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping the tape level under your arms and across your back.

Measuring your waist:

Just measure around the narrowest part of your body at your hips.

Measuring for gloves:

Wrap a tape measure around your strongest hand just below the knuckles and fingers, make a loose fist. Please round up to the nearest size and (not down).

 

Mens Sizing

Base Layers / Jerseys / Jackets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK/US

XXS

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Euro cm

85-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

107-112

112-117

117-122

122-127

To Fit Chest inches

34-36

36-38

38-40

40-42

42-44

44-46

46-48

48-50

To Fit Chest cm

85-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

107-112

112-117

117-122

122-127

 

 

Shorts / Leggings / Trousers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK/US

XXS

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Euro cm

66-71

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

To Fit Waist inches

26-28

28-30

30-32

32-34

34-36

36-38

38-40

40-42

To Fit Waist cm

66-71

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

Gloves / Mitts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

XXS

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

 

To Fit Circumference inches

6-7

7-7.5

7.5-8

8-9

9-9.5

9.5-10

10-11

 

To Fit Circumference cm

15-18

18-19

19-20.5

20.5-23

23-24.5

24.5-25

25-28

 

 

Footwear:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

8-9

9-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

Euro

38-39

39-40

40-41

41-42

42-43

43-44

44-45

45-46

46-47

US

5-6

6-7

7-8

8-9

9-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

 

Womens Sizing

 

Base Layers / Jerseys / Jackets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

6-8

8-10

10-12

12-14

14-16

16-18

18-20

20-22

Euro

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

107-112

US

4-6

6-8

8-10

10-12

12-14

14-16

16-18

18-20

To Fit Chest inches

28-30

30-32

32-34

34-36

36-38

38-40

40-42

42-44

To Fit Chest cm

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

107-112

 

Shorts / Leggings / Skorts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

6-8

8-10

10-12

12-14

14-16

16-18

18-20

20-22

Euro cm

56-61

61-66

66-71

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-96

US

4-6

6-8

8-10

10-12

12-16

14-16

16-18

18-20

To Fit Waist inches

22-24

24-26

26-28

28-30

30-32

32-34

34-36

36-38

To Fit Waist cm

56-61

61-66

66-71

71-76

76-78

81-86

86-91

91-96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloves / Mitts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

XS

S

M

L

 

 

 

 

To Fit Circumference inches

5-6

6-7

7-8

8-9

 

 

 

 

To Fit Circumference cm

12.5-15

15-18

18-20.5

20.5-23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Footwear:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

8-9

 

 

 

Euro

37-38

38-39

39-40

40-41

41-42

 

 

 

US

6-7

7-8

8-9

9-10

10-11