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Verdict: 
Decent, comfortable mid-priced jersey
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Lusso Classico Short Sleeved Jersey
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The Lusso Classico jersey is about as simple as it gets, with only a few frills to set it apart. It makes a good fist of it, though.

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Lusso Classico Short Sleeved Jersey - riding.jpg

I've tested quite a few jerseys of this type: simple construction, with the essentials well taken care of so you know what you're getting when you spend 50 of your hard-earned pounds. It's hard to set it apart from the countless club-style jerseys on the market, but here's the lowdown because Lusso have done it well.

First off, you get a slim cut without being restrictive very much in the 'club' style – this is no aero jersey. Lusso call the polyester blend 'MT.1' fabric but it's almost precisely the same as any other general use jersey fabric available. Think about comparing supermarket own-brand sausages; they're going to be largely the same when you strip back the marketing, and it's the same with the threads used here.

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Lusso Classico Short Sleeved Jersey - pocket.jpg

Although it's widely used, the downside is that it snags easily on rough edges. I have it now on my lap, and already I've caught a thread on the wood keyboard drawer in the process of writing this review. This is par for the course with this kind of fabric, but goes to show how easy it would be to catch it on café stop furniture, for example.

Where the Classico outstrips even cheaper jerseys is in the arm cuffs, which take the form of a flat textured gripper instead of a stitched edge. In a jersey such as this, I don't see the aero benefit you might have on a more performance-cut jersey, but it is comfortable if you prefer this kind of cuff. Certainly, it doesn't move anywhere while riding, nor chafe. The cuffs reach down about halfway down the bicep, for the record.

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Lusso Classico Short Sleeved Jersey - collar.jpg

There's plenty of space in the midriff for more relaxed riders, and the jersey can be sized up or down to meet your specific needs. A large is perfect on me, which matches up with other jerseys of 'normal' sizing.

The rear is the only other area where extra machining has gone into the jersey. You'll find three reasonably-sized pockets there, alongside a zipped compartment on the edge of the rightmost pocket. It's not water proof (it's made of the same polyester as the rest of the jersey), but will at least keep your keys safe from spilling out.

A silicone gripper completes the back in tandem with an elasticated band, which helps keep the jersey in place. The full-length zip is decent quality and not likely to fail any time soon. All-in-all, nothing overly positive or negative to say.

The jersey is on offer in two colours, blue and green, with added design flourishes such as stripes on the cuffs, Lusso branding and a button motifs on the rear pockets. And, that's your lot.

Verdict

Decent, comfortable mid-priced jersey

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lusso Classico Short Sleeved 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?

Designed for club riders and relaxed tourers, in warm weather.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Features:

- Full Front Zip for easy access

- Lusso SC9 Gripper around the hem

- 3 Rear pockets, plus 1 Zipped (4 in total)

- 50+ UV Ray protection

- Anatomically shaped

- Reflective element at rear

- Machine Washable

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
6/10

Seams throughout are well constructed, if nothing to write home about.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

It performs as well as you might expect from a simple jersey as this.

Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

This fabric has always been susceptible to fraying, so don't expect an as-new look to be maintained for too long.

Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10

Comfortable and practical for most riders; one its best features.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

Comes up as you'd expect, and has the flexibility to size up or down depending on your needs.

Rate the product for weight:
 
7/10

On a par with jerseys of this type, it is lightweight.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
7/10

A non-aero fit is usually comfortable, and this is no different.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

£50 for me is a little expensive, but it does thrown in decent cuffs and a zippable valuables pocket, which rescues it.

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Fine - just avoid velcro like the plague.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

No disappointments to note.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Flat cuffs are a nice addition, and a zipped pocket always useful.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing, except the fabric is predictably prone to snagging.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, along with countless others that would do the same basic job.

Use this box to explain your score

Its a reasonable jersey, but doesn't really stand out enough.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 26  Height: 188cm  Weight: 83kg

I usually ride: Specialized Allez Sport  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,

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handlebarcam [1054 posts] 1 year ago
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Although it's widely used, the downside is that it snags easily on rough edges. I have it now on my lap, and already I've caught a thread on the wood keyboard drawer in the process of writing this review. This is par for the course with this kind of fabric, but goes to show how easy it would be to catch it on café stop furniture, for example.

This is why I have never felt the need to spend more than fifty quid on a jersey: because I am capable of walking into a cafe without snagging my clothes on the furniture. True, I've had my fair share of offs while riding, but they would have ripped jerseys from the likes of Rapha and Assos, even with their non-"supermarket own-brand sausages" fabrics.

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barongreenback [111 posts] 1 year ago
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Have owned this jersey for a few weeks and it's a great, no fuss jersey (ordered with the carbon bibs that are fab).  3.5 stars seems a little harsh - I'd go with 4.  It's not going to set the world alight but it does the job and is good value.  I've personally not had the snagging issue.

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Curly [67 posts] 1 year ago
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Had my Classico jersey for most of this summer,it's fits and has performed great for me, plus has got all the features I need. And happy with the price paid. No snags for me.

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barongreenback [111 posts] 1 year ago
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Down to £30 on their website. Long sleeve is on offer too - might treat myself.