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April 26, 2018

It’s a word that is bandied about a lot in the cycling clothing world. There are technical fabrics, cuts, and designs - but what do we mean by them? What differentiates ‘technical’ kit from the rest?

The Problem with Riding a Bicycle

The goal of all cyclists, be they on the trails or on the road, is to be comfortable, but, like all activities that require some physical effort, there is a good chance that at some point we’ll feel some discomfort. Be it the fit of our bike, or the fit or structure of our clothes for the conditions we’re riding in, it’s quite easy to get it wrong.

Making Clothing Comfortable

Lycra has been around for a long time and since the 1970’s has been used by both professional and amateur cyclists. However, in the last few years there have been significant gains in performance from not just the fabrics, but the other elements that help make the clothing we wear more comfortable. Very often they are only small changes and additions, but collectively they make our day in the saddle a better one. Below are a few of the technical additions to the Eurosport GC range which make it special.

Italian Grippers

This is a style of leg and arm gripper which originated from Italy around a decade ago. The company that developed it decided that the thin lines of silicon that were being used at the time weren’t very good – they would stick to your leg and, after a few hours could be quite uncomfortable, even if they did keep the hems in the same place. The new variant was a wider band of different material impregnated with silicon that gripped in a much friendlier way.

In no time at all, all the manufacturers of quality cycle clothing were using the same material for their grippers. Hence their inclusion in the GC range.

Italian Grippers

Zip Garage

We mentioned this in an earlier piece about the Tenn Whisper Jacket where we also have them installed. The zip ‘garage’ is a safe place to park the slider of the main zip when it is done up to your neck. The safety aspect means that your skin doesn’t get to rub against the back of the slider – something which, over a few hours, can create a sore spot. It might be only small, but it is one of those little technical additions that could make all the difference to your ride.

They are present in all the Eurosport GC Jackets and Jerseys.

Zipped Rear Pocket

It is rare for us ‘ordinary’ cyclists to have a team car and back-up crew in regular attendance when we go for a ride. Consequently, the requirement to carry our own mobile phones and wallets securely comes down to us.  It is for this reason that we included the rear zipped pocket on all the Eurosport GC Jerseys. Oh yes, and we put reflective strips for those rides in the dark.

 3D Coolmax Pad

The original bottom savers were a specially cut piece of chamois leather that was stitched into cycling shorts to act as a buffer between the saddle and the bottom. When, in 1986, those clever people at Dupont who invented Lycra, came up with a new fabric called Coolmax with even greater wicking properties, it was taken as the basis for a new version of the old chamois. The additional synthetic padding underneath, the new inserts were far more comfortable and were able to keep a traditional hot spot cooler than was possible previously. The 3D part of the name relates to the three-dimensional nature of the pad.

Flatlock Stitching

For the seamstresses out there, this is a no brainer. It basically means that instead of creating a seam when two pieces of fabric are sewn together, in the flatlock process the two pieces are butted against each other and joined flat in a single layer with thread. This means that the two pieces of fabric will feel like they are one - ‘seamless’; no raised seam to rub against your skin. All the Eurosport GC range is flat-locked for the extra comfort it gives.

Micro Perforated Braces

These are probably quite self-explanatory. The braces on the bib-shorts of the Eurosport GC range contain thousands of tiny perforations (holes) which allow cool air through. You might think this would be an obvious addition to the design of a pair of bib-shorts, but you’d be amazed how many manufacturers ignore it.

Waterproof, windproof and Breathable Fabric

Means what it says, but how does a fabric manage to do all these things? We wrote about this previously in to articles – ‘What is Waterproof’ and ‘Wicking or Dripping’. They are a little technical but worth the read if you want to know more about how modern fabrics work.

 

We were going to mention YKK zips until we realized that they were just the best and most well-known zips available, rather than being any more technical. But we did insist on them – and on the little Eurosport logo imprinted on each one. All of these are little things, but together they add up to make the Eurosport GC collection just that little bit more special.


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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