I've long been a fan of dhb clothing but for 2014 the seriously revamped summer range introduced the most stylish jerseys to date. The Classic here is my pick of the new range and in my eyes is a real looker. Traditionally style would take a hit when the price is the main reason for buying a jersey, but that's simply not the case here.
Yes it's simply a white jersey with a blue band across the chest, a design that isn't especially unique. Some brands have made a lot of money out of such a design over the years. Something about the dhb design, the size of that band and the colour combinations available, shows dhb have really worked hard to offer style conscious cyclists (who isn't?) a worthy alternative to more pricey jerseys.
Looks aside, the jersey is made from a lightweight polyester fabric with an anti bacterial treatment that offers very good breathability and sweat removal properties in the warm weather we've been experiencing recently. It's a good fit, the size small fitting my torso well with a nice shape around the shoulders and chest, with enough freedom that it isn't restrictive in any way.
You get a full-length YKK zipper to maximise ventilation on longer climbs, and three generous pockets for stashing supplies for the ride. The silicone-lined hem prevents the jersey riding up at the back, but the good fit helps in this respect too. Even with loaded pockets, the jersey didn't sag too much at the back.
Any other details? There dhb logos on the front and back are reflective, adding a useful bit of extra visibility at either end of the day.
A good looking jersey, great performance and a price that doesn't break the bank. Style on a budget, what's not to like?
Good looks, fit and performance at a decent price
road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Classic Short Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Small, White/Blue
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?
A slick, form fitting cycling jersey which features a lightweight, wicking polyester fabric, anti bacterial treatment and signature reflective accents. Ideal as a core jersey for your cycling wardrobe.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Lightweight polyester fabric wicks moisture away from the skin
Anti bacterial control fabric treatment
3 vertical drop pockets at the rear
Silicone hem grip to keep the back of the jersey from rising
Reflective dhb logo front chest and rear centre back
Full length YKK number 3 zip
Does everything you want from a cycling jersey.
Very comfortable even on longer rides, it handles sweat very well, and the fit is excellent.
A fair price, and it's currently discounted by a further 10% on the wiggle website.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Ticked all the boxes well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It's a real looker.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
dhb have to be commended for taking a brave step with their summer range, they've produced some very stylish clothing that still offers great performance at fair prices.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.