The RH+ Ride Jersey FZ is a pretty straightforward polyester top for the summer, performing well enough in warm conditions.
The Ride jersey doesn't boast the high-end fabrics or pack in the features of the Xlight that we've also reviewed recently, but that's hardly surprising seeing as it's less than half the price.
RH+ use the same plain polyester fabric throughout this jersey, just in different colours for different panels. It's not an especially technically advanced material but it's light, breathable and reasonably quick drying – just not as light, breathable and quick drying as higher-end fabrics out there. It can stick to your skin when it gets wet a bit more easily than some other fabrics, and when it does that it's slower to dry out, but it's all relative, of course. The fabric still puts in a reasonable performance.
RH+ manage to include a couple of decent features here like the full-length YKK zip (although, unlike that of the Xlight, it's not backed so it sits right against your body) and a silicone gripper inside the waist band. You get reflective tabs sewn into the hems at the back too. The front zip in particular is hugely welcome, for me at least. It doesn't matter how breathable a fabric is, an easily adjustable zip can do more to keep you comfortable and sweat-free on a hot day.
You could say the Ride jersey is quite basic with just the usual three lower back pockets (no zipped option), standard (rather than flatlock stitched) seams, and regular sleeves rather than super-duper high-tech options – which is fine, if that's what you're after. It's a decent top, just without the whistles and bells.
The cut is what RH+ describe as 'regular'. That means you'll fit into it if you're more or less a regular build. You don't have to be some 5% body fat racing snake to wear the Ride comfortably. That does mean, of course, that if you are a skinny sort, you might have a bit of excess fabric, but probably not much because the jersey is very stretchy and it's designed to accommodate a range of different body shapes.
Decent polyester jersey with a couple of good features for comfortable summer riding
road.cc test report
Make and model: RH+ Ride jersey
Size tested: L
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
RH+ give every item of clothing a Tech Index rating 'to help customers to identify and choose just the right product for their needs based on the degree of technical innovation they want. The index ranges from 1 to 4 red hexagons with 4 being the most advanced garments.'
The Ride jersey has a Tech Index of 2.
Here are the features that RH+ list for the Ride jersey:
* Preshaped anatomic structure
* Longer back for added protection
* Waist gripper with nonslip elastic
* Open-end front zipper with customized camlock
* 3 rear pockets
* Reflective appliqués
You get standard (rather than flatlock stitched) seams but the fabric is reasonable enough, the zip is good and so is the build quality.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's not the most high-tech jersey out there but it does a good job in most summer conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good build quality and I do like a full-length front zip on a summer jersey. Make up your own mind about the looks, of course, but I like the simple, classy style.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The fit wasn't great for me. It didn't flap, but I'd prefer a slightly slimmer fit.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Perhaps.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe.
About the tester
Age: 43 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.