I'm constantly impressed by the quality, performance and price of dhb's clothing, and this new Blok Fluoro Long Sleeve Jersey is a fine addition to their range, and it is perfect for the autumn and winter cycling. For autumn, when it's too cold really for a jersey and arm warmers, it's a good top-layer, and for colder winter days it's an ideal mid-layer.
It's a lightweight top, with a thin polyester fleece fabric that is very breathable and provides just the right amount of insulation. It's not one for really cold winter days on its own, but pushed into service as a mid-layer with a jacket of the top you can get three-seasons use out of it easily. The fabric is good at keeping you dry even when working hard too, so you don't get that soggy feeling that you can with some jerseys.
Wear it over a short sleeve base layer for warmer days or a long sleeve base layer (there is enough space in the arms to accommodate one) one the temperature drops. There isn't any wind-resistance to speak of in the fabric, that's just fine when it's warm but consider taking a windproof gilet on those days when there is a strong cold wind blowing across the fields.
The fit is good, a nice balance between close and baggy. It's quite a stretchy material that helps it fit comfortably. It's the sort of top that you don't even think about once you've started a ride. I've been testing a size medium. The shape is good with a nice fit around the shoulders, with no restriction in the arms and the chin guard stops the full-length zipper irritating your neck when it's done all the way up.
There are standard details like silicone lined waistband, dropped back section and elasticated cuffs. Out back are three open pockets plus a zipped compartment on the middle pocket. That's plenty of space for a spare tube, pump, lightweight jacket, phone, keys and any food you want to take with you.
Lastly, there is the bold style of this jersey, which really helps it stand out in a crowded marketplace. dhb have certainly been bolder with their designs in the past couple of years. They used to be really conservative when they launched but it's clear they're feeling a bit more confident now, and it's reflected in their latest range. Granted it won't be for everyone, but I think it looks brilliant in a refreshing, completely different, way. Kudos dhb.
Really smart looking and top performance autumn and winter jersey
road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Blok Fluoro Long Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium
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 stand out cycling jersey which doesn't compromise on performance, the dhb Blok Fluoro Dasher Jersey has naturally wicking fabric properties and plenty of pockets for storing your valuables and rider essentials.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Warm breathable wicking polyester fleece fabric
Full length, lock down YKK zip
3 vertical pockets with secure centre YKK zip pocket
Internal chin guard
Internal elasticated silicone gripper on hem
dhb logo on front chest and upper back in fluoro
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A really versatile autumn and winter top, every cyclist needs a good long sleeve jersey in their cycling wardrobe.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fit, comfort, wicking fabric, and the style.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Isn't really much to fault. If you want a closer fit, consider sizing down.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
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.