Devon-based cycling kit brand Nopinz has launched a new range of cycling kit, with a focus on the indoor market. The brand is far from the first to make dedicated indoor cycling clothing, (opens in new tab) but it is - as far as we know - the first to embed ice packs into it.
The 'SubZero kit' has been designed to help prevent riders from overheating when cycling indoors. (opens in new tab)
The range is made up of bib shorts (£139.99), 'race suits' (tri suits/skinsuits, £189.99), jerseys (£79.99) and also includes sweatbands that look a bit like super-cooling arm warmers (£29.99). Each garment comes with a holder for FreezePockets, which hold replaceable frozen gel pockets.
The gel packs range from £4.99 to £8.99. As well as housing the ice bricks, the kit is made from breathable mesh fabric.
The packs are stored within pockets that we assume are thick enough to prevent chill burns, though we've got some gear en route to Cycling Weekly to put through its paces.
To complement the launch, Nopinz will partner with World Tactical Racing Leagues (WTRL) during the upcoming World Championships, which will be hosted on Zwift (opens in new tab) in November - the team Nopinz R3R will wear the kit during races.
Commenting on the launch, founder Blake Pond said: “As a competitive cyclist I’m constantly seeking new ways to enhance my performance. I knew there must be a more effective way than relying purely on cooling fans, so I decided to try putting ice packs into my kit to help me stay cool and boost my performance especially when racing in Zwift. The concept worked so well that it had to be part of our new indoor kit range and SubZero was born. Initial signs among our own athletes have been very promising!
"This doesn’t come as a surprise as many studies show that keeping your body temperature down allows you to perform at your best for longer, so we feel we’ve provided an additional solution to an existing problem for many athletes."
The kit is available online at nopinz.com.
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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.
Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor.
Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.
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