It's certainly nice to have something that dries quickly, as opposed to cotton. I doubt an almost 10% increase in speed is due to wicking fabric, though. Truly, you must have dug deep into your suitcase of courage. I think I know where you're coming from. I too have resisted the lycra lure for many years. It just smacks of taking it too seriously (says the man who's thinking a powertap hub would be really sort of neat).