DannyShane consider themselves an eco-conscious company. The Genova II Grey Jersey reflects that with a mix of 50% recycled polyester and 50% a bamboo derived fabric. It's not all about hugging the trees though, this jersey performs brilliantly in pretty much every property you care to judge it on.
Bamboo White Ash is woven directly into the polyester to create a material that is, DannyShane says "naturally wicking, odour resistant, anti-static, durable and with a softness that can't be matched." Bold claims but after plenty of wear and tear they can certainly stand up to scrutiny.
It feels light as you put it on and the comfort of that material against your skin is unbelievable. It's really, really soft making it an absolute pleasure to wear for long or short days in the saddle. It's tough wearing too with a minor off not even fluffing up the fabric where it slid across the tarmac. That's a good thing in a jersey that costs just shy of one hundred quid.
DannyShane say the fit is a 'Performance Cut' and its one that you'll like if you want something fitted without being ultra-clingy. It touches in all of the right places to give a decent shape and an aerodynamic advantage while flattering those of us without Italian climber's physiques. Sizing is pretty standard, so don't need to go up a size as you do with, say, Castelli.
The tail is dropped with the silicone gripper keeping everything in place even when the three pockets are fully loaded. You don't get any sag in the material if those pockets are carrying something heavy.
Perfect for when the summer arrives, the Genova II comes equipped with a full length zip which is hidden by the fabric for a clean look. It all runs smoothly without snagging any fabric. The bamboo ash and polyester mix is breathable too; it doesn't seem to hold on to too much heat and dries quickly should it ever get overwhelmed.
Colour wise it divides opinion, being a rather sombre grey/black and white but I like the simplicity of it and think it's actually quite striking. It should stay looking that way too as DannyShane claim that using this material mix means their jerseys won't fade or discolour. It's been through the wash a few times but obviously it's too early to tell so we'll just take their word for it.
Bamboo has some antibacterial qualities which it manages to hold on to in this processed state. Like Merino you can wear this jersey for much longer than a man-made fabric one before things start getting a bit whiffy. I managed a ten hour week of commutes between washes in fact.
Overall the Genova II Grey jersey is one of the most comfortable jerseys I've ever worn and it feels like quality the moment you hold it in your hands. The cut, quality and finish is all top notch and easily justifies its £96.00 price tag in relation to its competition.
I love it and if it stays looking as good as new I think it's a worthwhile investment in the long run.
Top quality, perfect for summer use thanks to non-stinky and breathable fabric; good value too
road.cc test report
Make and model: DannyShane Genova II Grey 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?
The Genova II is designed as a race jersey with an environmental twist. DannyShane hasn't sacrificed performance for a bunch of green credentials though, the jersey is well thought out and very well made.
A new version of our previously sold-out Genova Jersey, the Genova II features a strikingly simple grey, white and black colour scheme.
DS Jerseys combine classic styles from the past with modern fabric and sportswear technology.
All DS jerseys are made with Bamboo White Ash for optimal soft comfort and fit.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Rip-stop Bamboo White Ash fabric
*Three oversized, slanted back pockets
*One zipped back pocket
*Mock race colour
*Invisible full zip
*Silicone waist gripper
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a brilliant jersey that is so comfortable to wear, breathable and a great fit.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The feel of the fabric, very soft.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Colour may be a little drab for some and it probably won't stand out too well on a misty morn.
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?
This jersey is seriously top notch in terms of fit, feel and overall finish. The addition of the Bamboo White Ash really makes a difference to the polyester jersey and it's worth the extra investment, not that I consider the price excessive for what you getting in return.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
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: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.