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Dhb Classic jersey review

14 Aug 2020
Verdict:

The Dhb Classic jersey gives you plenty of high end features at a budget price

Cyclist Rating: 
For 
Quality features and cut • Well priced
Against 
Generous sizing may lead to a baggy fit

Dhb has established itself as a firm favourite with UK riders, and with justification. Its kit is well priced, comfortable and comes with a good range of features.

That applies to the Dhb Classic jersey. It comes in a variety of different patterns, with these tending to rotate during a season – Dhb’s kit sells out fast on the Wiggle and Chain Reaction sites. As you’d expect, Classic designs tend to more conservative patterns and low key hues.

 

The fabric used for the front and back of the jersey's body, as well as the top of the sleeves of the Dhb Classic jersey is a pretty lightweight flat weave. That’s complemented by a more open weave, thinner mesh fabric on the sides of the jersey and the underside of the arms.

Buy the DHB Classic jersey from Wiggle for £30

I found that the Classic jersey was good for hotter days, comfortable in the mid-20s and above, but still warm enough for rides at around 20C.

Depending on how you look at it, the sizing of the Dhb Classic jersey may or may not be an advantage. Whereas many brands seem to cut their kit skin-tight, there’s plenty of room in Dhb’s Classic range. I sized down from my usual medium to a small, and even still the jersey didn’t feel tight. There was a bit of rucking of the fabric at the front when riding.

 

There’s a theoretical aerodynamic advantage in clothing that avoids windflap, although for the majority of riders a bit of extra room and comfort is probably a greater plus. But you may find that without sizing down the jersey ends up a bit too baggy around the front and the hem.

When you’re riding, your arms are hunched towards the front of your chest, so your back ends up broader than your front. So a jersey cut so that its arms lay flat will tend to be stretched over your back and looser at the front when on the bike.

Dhb’s cut addresses this, with the sleeves being sewn more into the front of the jersey. It’s a bit more tricky than sewing them flat into the sides and a feature you’ll see on pricier kit, so it’s impressive to find in a jersey at this price.

 

There’s a slight drop to the tail for more coverage at the rear when you’re riding and Dhb incorporates a silicone gripper all around the hem, so the jersey stays in place well.

Rather than fancy raw edged hems to the bottom of the jersey and the sleeves, there are more standard turned hems. That’s not unexpected given the jersey’s price and doesn’t detract from comfort.

 

Dhb’s pockets aren’t huge, but they’re deep and do give you enough room to carry the essentials. The elastic at their tops is sturdy enough to stop pocket sag when loaded up too.

There’s a fourth zipped valuables pocket – a useful addition that’s not always present in more budget kit. And although you don’t get reflective logos, the pockets are stitched with matt grey reflective tape seams, so Dhb has your back covered if the light fails during a ride.

Buy the DHB Classic jersey from Wiggle for £30

If you’re after something more colourful, the Dhb Blok jerseys are cut identically in the same fabric to the Classic ones, but come in more extrovert colour options.

Both Wiggle and Chain Reaction often have price reductions, particularly at the small and large ends of the range of six sizes (from XS to XXL), so you’ve got a good chance of picking up a bargain if you keep an eye open.

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Price: 
£50

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