If you like your bike clothing to come with an insane amount of features, then you’ll weep tears of joy when you pick up any item from X-Bionic as even the socks appear to have the entire text of Infinite Jest on the packaging.
If you’re not familiar with them, X-Bionic are a Swiss/Italian company (‘Swiss engineered, crafted in Italy’) established when Professor Bodo Lambertz created the ‘X-Technology Think Tank’, the minds that came up with all the innovations here. Fifteen years later the company has collected more design awards than most people realise even exist, and have backed up their claim to have ‘redefined the world of functional clothing’. The level of research and design that goes into their products is impressive, and even the Energizer MK2 base layer here has an intimidating array of features. But while the kit might have more buzzwords than you can shake a thesaurus at, don’t knock it, it performs like nothing else
First up, X-Impact. This, basically, is compression. The claim is that the reduction in muscle vibration from the compressive clothing stabilises the muscles and helps to stave off fatigue for longer. This one comes with ‘mid’ compression, which is a skin tight fit without that crushing feeling you get with full-on compression gear. Whether or not you buy into the performance-enhancing benefits, it’s impossible to deny that the fit is fantastic, exceptionally comfortable, and the lack of movement that comes with such a snug fit is particularly important for the second major feature of the clothing.