The RH+ Vertex Jersey looks good and keeps you cool and sweat-free. It's just a shame the fabric is a bit fragile.
It's finally the time of year when a short sleeve jersey is the reach-for item of clothing . You want a jersey that's going to fit well, wear well and keep you ventilated.
The Vertex jersey from Italian brand RH+ is on first appearance a stylish jersey. It's at the more expensive end of the spectrum at £70. For the money, you get what is termed as 'firedry' fabric complete with mesh panels on the back of the shoulders and under the arms.
The material is stretchy which allows it to move with the body and therefore prevents any uncomfortable pinching. To prevent the top riding up there is a waist gripper, which is unobtrusive but effective.
The zip is a generous three-quarter length. You never know when the sun will beat down in the UK, so having the option for extra ventilation is useful. Even when you are working hard the material keeps you at a regular temperature, wicking sweat away and not becoming saturated.
There are three rear pockets, all of a reasonable size and depth and on both sides there are small reflective trims though we worry that these might be too small to be clearly seen. There are more on the sleeves which would be easily visible.
The Vertex has a nice feel to the material given its smooth texture but it is easy to snag and bobble after only a few uses. When you pay a top price for a jersey you would expect a little more.
Aspects of the RH+ Vertex jersey work well and it looks stylish; a pity that the material lets it down.
The jersey looks the part, fits well and is really pleasant to ride in. It's a shame the material seems a little prone to snags and imperfections.
road.cc test report
Make and model: RH+ Vertex Jersey
Size tested: Large, 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?
The RH+ Vertex Jersey is aimed at those riders looking for a top that wears well, looks good and gives you all the features you'd expect in a £70 top.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The jersey is well equipped with a three quarter length zip, a decent gripper and the usual selection of rear pockets.
The seams are well constructed and flat so there is no discomfort.
Performance is good, even under pressure the Vertex performs well to keep you cool and dry.
Given the issues with the material used in this top it's a real shame that this key area is a let down.
The top is light and stretches well so will feel comfortable whatever your style of riding.
With fit taken care of the performance of the RH+ Vertex ventilates well, not allowing the build up of sweat to make sure your ride is enjoyable.
At this price it's disappointing to have concerns over the material and its durability.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
On the whole, it performed very well but let down in the type of material used as it proved less than durable or robust.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit is snug but without restricting you and it looks very good.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Disappointed by the material's lack of longevity as this would be a great jersey.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Not given the issues encountered.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Sadly, no.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Almost a very good top.
About the tester
Age: 44 Height: 178cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three My best bike is: As above
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT