Monday, August 31, 2015

Performance Women's Nollie II Hoodie by Performance Bicycle Review

Garry and Sharon Snook began Performance Bicycle in the basement of their Chapel Hill, NC home in 1982. The fledgling young company’s commitment to giving cyclists the best selection of products, the best value and the best service in the industry fueled the growth of Performance Bicycle for the next three decades.

Now, as we celebrate our 30th year of successfully serving cyclists’ needs, we are honored to have become America’s leading multi-channel bicycle retailer. With more than 100 Performance Bicycle stores located in 19 states, an unrivalled inventory of more than 10,000 products available through our catalog and website, and a continuing commitment to providing value, education, expert advice and professional service to the cycling community, Performance Bicycle is the #1 shopping destination for people who love to ride bikes.

All new and updated for 2015, the Performance Nollie II hoodie has been updated with a full zipper and enhanced features to make it warmer, softer, and more comfortable, so it's perfect for pedaling around town and more. Made with a soft, stretchy material with a warm, lightly brushed interior lining, the Nollie II is ideal for bike riding, yoga class, or just lounging around the house. The relaxed fit makes movement easy, and an extended cuff on the sleeves and attached hood with adjustable draw string help keep you warm on those colder mornings. Two front pockets give you a place to warm up those hands, and a reflective strip on the back shoulder helps keep you visible at night. 

Warm and lightweight hoodie

Polyester/spandex fabric is moisture-wicking and its soft interior feels great next-to-skin

Relaxed fit allows full mobility

Full zip for improved versatility

Integrated hood with adjustable drawcord

Flatlock seams eliminate chafing

Extended sleeves for additional coverage in a cycling position

2 front hand pockets

My Review:
The Performance Women's Nollie II Hoodie is so comfortable! I love that this hoodie is lightweight because living in Arizona that's about all you need for winter time. The Performance Women's Nollie II Hoodie is so soft and comfortable I think I may live in this thing as soon as we get some cooler weather. I also love that it has pockets and extended sleeves. My hands are always cold so this is a great feature to have. The extended sleeves will be perfect to keep my hands warm while running and bicycling outdoors. The pretty feminine design on the back makes this the perfect hoodie to look stylish while working out or lounging around. I also love that this hoodie is made of Polyester/spandex fabric and wicks away moisture. I highly recommend the Performance Women's Nollie II Hoodie. It's a purchase you won't regret!

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Ten tips for dealing with the summer heat:

 1. Acclimate 

Today most of us spend all day in air conditioned homes and offices, which makes getting used to the heat more difficult. When the weather gets hotter, start off with shorter rides, and gradually increase the length to give your body time to adapt to the heat. Additionally, doing things like yardwork, or even just sitting outside on the porch on hot days can help you get used to the heat. 

2. Wear sunscreen.

It’s not just skin cancer you need to worry about. Sunburns and heat exposure raise the surface temperature of your skin, and dehydrate your body, so wearing sunscreen will help keep you cooler. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen under your jersey as well.

3. Dress light.

Choose lightweight wicking fabrics that protect from the sun. Lighter colors or garments treated with coldblack® technology can help lower the surface temperature of clothing. Also make sure to choose a jersey with a full zip, so you can open up the jersey as needed for more ventilation.

4. Ease Up.

Pace yourself on hot days, and avoid overheating. As we all know, exercise raises your body temperature, so moderating your effort will help keep you cooler. A power meter or heart rate monitor can be useful, since they measure how hard you’re pushing yourself, regardless of wind or terrain.

5. Drink before, during and after your bike ride

Dehydration is the fastest way to ruin a ride, and potentially land yourself in trouble. Proper hydration starts before the ride does. If the weather is going to be very hot, it’s a good idea to start hydrating the night before, and make sure to drink at least one bottle of fluids per hour while riding, depending on conditions. Another good idea is to weigh yourself before you leave, and again when you return home. Most of the weight difference will be lost fluids, which should give you an idea of how much you need to rehydrate.

6. Replace lost electrolytes

Electrolytes are the salts you lose while sweating, and they are vital for your body since they regulate things like your heart beat and other vital functions. In fact, overhydrating with water without replacing electrolytes can be more dangerous, and harder to treat, than dehydration (the symptoms of overhydration are roughly similar to heat exhaustion, see #9 below). Ensure that on hot days you are drinking one bottle of a sports hydration solution every other hour, or try filling both of your bottles with a half-strength solution.

7. Plan your route for shade

Give yourself a break from the heat, avoid the worst of the glaring sun, and plan your ride to take advantage of shady routes. Think about roads or trails with plenty of shade, or thick woods that can help block direct sunlight.

8. Plan your ride time to avoid hottest time of day

To avoid the hottest parts of the day, try riding early or late. Not only will the temperatures and humidity be lower, but you’ll also be treated to emptier roads and maybe even a spectacular sunrise or sunset.

9. Know the signs of Heat Exhaustion.

If you or a ride buddy get into trouble with the heat, would you know what signs to look for? The classic symptoms of heat exhaustion are dizziness, headache, nausea, weakness, unsteadiness, or muscle cramps. If you or your ride partner experience any of these symptoms, it’s time to get out of the heat as soon as possible, rest, allow your body temperature to cool, and rehydrate with an electrolyte drink.

10. Take regular breaks

To avoid having problems with heat exhaustion in the first place, take regular breaks. Make sure you plan your route so you’ll have somewhere to stop roughly every hour to top up on fluids. If possible, try to avoid spending too long in air conditioned cafes or stores, since this can make the heat seem worse when you start riding again. Instead, find a cool, comfortable place outside to rest, relax, and enjoy a cool drink. It can also be a good idea to do some gentle stretching to avoid cramping in the heat.

Bonus Tips:

1. Replace old heavy helmet for lighter better ventilated one.

Keeping your head cool can be vital to staying and feeling cool on hot days. If you have an older, heavier helmet, try replacing it with a lighter, more ventilated one that will feel cooler and lighter on hot days.

2. Wear a wicking cycling cap under your helmet

This is a personal preference, but some cyclists like to wear a lightweight, moisture-wicking cap under their helmet on hot days. It helps prevent sweat from getting in the eyes, the brim can provide some shade, and it can help protect the top of the head from sun exposure through the helmet vents.

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.


  1. Sounds perfect for most of our 'winter' weather where I live! And it would be great to wear to the gym.

  2. I love hoodies like this. I would love to get one or two of these. They look great. - Jeanine

  3. I'd love to know if they sell them in plus sizes! I could really use this for my hiking training!

  4. With winter coming soon, this hoodie is perfect! I was looking for something like this so I will have no excuses. Thanks!

  5. I don't get to much of a chance to wear jackets, unless it is raining where I live. But it looks really nice and comfortable.

  6. These look super comfortable. I don't really need another jacket right now but I'll keep them in mind when I do need one!

  7. That hoodie really does look comfortable, and I love the gray color. We go bike-riding on nature trails and on the city streets often, and during hot days, we make sure to hydrate well. We did a long ride once in the summertime, and stopped to buy 6-8 electrolyte drinks each. OMGoodness, that was a scorcher of a day.