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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.
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.
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.
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.
Decent, comfortable mid-priced jersey
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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?
- 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
Seams throughout are well constructed, if nothing to write home about.
It performs as well as you might expect from a simple jersey as this.
This fabric has always been susceptible to fraying, so don't expect an as-new look to be maintained for too long.
Comfortable and practical for most riders; one its best features.
Comes up as you'd expect, and has the flexibility to size up or down depending on your needs.
On a par with jerseys of this type, it is lightweight.
A non-aero fit is usually comfortable, and this is no different.
£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.
About the tester
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,