dhb Momentum jersey  £49.99

9/10

Warm winter insulation. A solid performer with some very good features, and excellent value.

Weight 451g   Contact  www.wiggle.co.uk

by Mat Brett   October 6, 2010  

A brand new model in dhb’s lineup, the Momentum is quite a heavy-duty winter workhorse jersey with some useful features.

It’s made from a fleecy polyester that provides plenty of insulation. It’s not windproof (you need dhb’s Windslam jersey for that) but it’s thick and warm – certainly an autumn/winter weight rather than one for the summer evenings. The main fabric is reasonably stretchy, especially widthwise, while waffle fleece panels – the white bits – provide more give and extra breathability.

In terms of cut, the Momentum is pretty slim and sporty. Skinny types won’t find acres of fabric flapping around in the breeze while that stretchiness means you’ll also get a comfortable fit if you’re a bigger build. We found the sleeves plenty long enough to keep our wrists covered when reaching forward to the bars, and the elbows are articulated slightly so there’s no bunching when you bend your arms. The rear is extended to prevent any draughts around your lower back too and a silicone gripper all the way around the hem holds it in place well.

There’s really good attention to detail in the design. Take the rear pockets, for example. You get two normal, open-topped ones, but the middle one has a Velcroed flap over the top and comes with a waterproof backing so you can safely stash your mobile phone without it getting sweaty. Good thinking, huh? Another pocket has a key clip in it and there’s a zipped pocket that’s large enough to take your bulging wallet if you want to go out fully prepared.

Other smart features include an extra panel on the collar that extends its height to cover the back of your neck, and a facing behind the top section of the zip to prevent any scratching. That zip, by the way, is from YKK so it should stand the test of time and the all-round quality of construction is fine – we’ve no worries at all on that score.

Downsides? We’re not hugely into the styled up reflective decals on the arms and back that several brands are going for at the moment, but that’s just a matter of preference. They do the job. And that Velcro tab on the pocket can catch on some gloves if you don’t take them off before ferreting around in there.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what that little stud on the hem is for, it’s purely decorative.

Taken as a whole, this is an impressive off-season jersey with some well-designed features. At £50 it’s fantastic value for money. As well as red, it's available in blue and black.

Verdict

Warm winter insulation. A solid performer with some very good features, and excellent value.

road.cc test report

Make and model: DHB Momentum jersey

Size tested: Large, red

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?

DHB say, "Super soft, super warm, there will be no stopping the Momentum! Articulated arms give a race ready feel. 2 rear vertical pockets, 1 Velcro centre pocket and a discrete security pocket for valuables. Speed reflective decals all round."

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, if they're after value, it's hard to beat

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 39  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

My best bike is: Litespeed Vortex

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: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

 

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