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Lusso Layla Long Sleeved Jersey



Looks good, performs very well and is made in the UK – a good value for money buy

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If you're looking for a warm, long-sleeved women's jersey that's been made in Britain and won't break the bank, the Lusso Layla Long Sleeved Jersey is definitely one to consider. It looks good, does the job well, and should get plenty of use.

Our Lusso Layla came in 'suits-everyone' black with lilac accents, including some rather fetching dots. It is also available in classic Italian pink, which may be more of a Marmite affair. The overall effect is understated but playful, and is unlikely to offend anyone (well, the pink version might).

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Not the heaviest of winter jerseys, using fleecy-backed high-wicking MT.1 fabric, it can easily be layered up in colder conditions with either a baselayer underneath or a gilet or jacket over the top. Or both. This makes it more versatile than heavier weight winter jerseys, which can often just miss being genuinely useful a lot of the time.

There's a full length YKK zip, three rear pockets including a zipped one just about large enough for a smaller smartphone, reflective trim at the rear, and a hem gripper tape all the way around.

Lusso Layla Long Sleeved Jersey - back

The fit was on the neat side (that's not me in the photos), with a size large being closer to most other brands' mediums, but the good quality fabric did make that less of a problem than it could have been, particularly if aero is what you're looking for.

Lusso Layla Long Sleeved Jersey - riding

On the plus side, it is available in sizes up to XXL which would roughly equate to a UK 16-18 in real terms. There's good length in the body and arms, and the neck is snug without risk of strangling.

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The fabric definitely lived up to its promise of moisture transfer and allowed for a good, stable body temperature and no excess sweatiness, even when working hard or overestimating how cold the temperature actually was. This makes it a great jersey for the majority of winter conditions, and for spring and autumn use too.

Lusso Layla Long Sleeved Jersey - chest

Price-wise it sits in the lower middle for long-sleeved jerseys, and as such makes for very good value for money, especially when you consider it's made in the UK.


Looks good, performs very well and is made in the UK – a good value for money buy

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Make and model: Lusso Layla Long Sleeved Jersey

Size tested: Women's Large, Black

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?

Aimed at female riders looking for a British made jersey for cold weather wear.

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

* 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

Available in sizes S-XXL

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Well made and good quality components and materials. A few lost stitches and less than perfect seams but it is handmade.

Rate the product for performance:

Versatile in its weight/warmth and wicked moisture very well indeed.

Rate the product for durability:

Should last pretty well and see a lot of use.

Rate the product for fit:

Cut on the small side but otherwise length of body and sleeves was good, well shaped too.

Rate the product for sizing:

Fit was on the small side for stated size. Large roughly equivalent to most other brands' medium.

Rate the product for weight:

Good and lightweight but still warm.

Rate the product for comfort:

Very comfortable both in terms of moisture transport and warmth of fabric and also fit/cut.

Rate the product for value:

Good value for such a versatile jersey and one made in the UK.

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

Washable at 30 degrees and washed up very well.

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

It performed very well indeed. Comfortable and effective.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Style, made in UK, versatility.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product


Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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An attractive and effective jersey that's just the right level of warmth to be truly versatile, and it has the bonus of being made in the UK.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 73kg

I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi  My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking

Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling. 

Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other. 

She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting. 

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