I've been testing the Lusso Stripes Short Sleeve Ladies Jersey for a month now in our so-called summer, which has been a mixed bag of weather. This has meant I've worn it in all sort of conditions, with and without arm warmers, gilet and baselayer. In this mix of rain and sun, the jersey has performed very well.
It's a slim-fitting, summer-weight jersey, which Lusso describes as a 'performance summer technical garment'. It's made with a fabric called TX2, which apparently helps with airflow over the body and shoulders – not something I can verify, I'm afraid, though it's certainly a comfortable fit. I wore the medium – my usual size, so a good fit for someone who normally wears a size 12/medium.
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What I can back up are Lusso's claims for the fabric being very breathable, the jersey performing very well in warm conditions, wicking moisture away well; I never felt like I was overheating during a ride. It also has 50+ UV ray protection for those sunny days, and with the fabric being cited as 'ideal for between 15C to 35C' that's a very welcome quality.
If you do find yourself overheating, the jersey has a full zip for extra ventilation within reason, and it has a fabric garage at the top so no irritation against your neck.
At the rear there are the usual three deep pockets offering plenty enough space for essentials, plus a little zipped one for keys, which is always appreciated.
The sleeves are a fashionably longer 'pro' length and fit closely around the arm, with gripper to hold them in place. I found the gripper comfortable with my average arm size – not too tight and not too loose. Under the armpit area the fabric is more breathable, helping with temperature regulation.
There's gripper at the back of the hem which does a good job of keeping the jersey in place; I had no problems with it riding up, and nothing rubbed or became uncomfortable during rides of one hour to four.
In terms of value, £65 is pretty good for a performance jersey. It's well made, with technical fabrics, and made in the UK, which all helps to justify the price. Rapha's technical Souplesse jerseys are well over the £100 mark, and Alé's PRR Arcobaleno is £90, but a cheaper one to consider would be dhb's £55 Aeron Speed – Jack tested the men's version, and the women's is currently on sale for £34.99.
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The Lusso Stripes jersey has been my go-to summer top, even on cooler days worn with a baselayer and lightweight arm warmers. I like the bold design, and overall I'd say it's a well-made, well-priced choice.
Stylish and comfortable slim-fit summer-weight jersey with a bold design
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Make and model: Lusso Stripes S/S Ladies Jersey
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?
It's a pro-fit performance short-sleeve jersey, aimed at anyone wanting a slim-fitting, lightweight summer jersey.
Lusso says: "The R1 Style Breathe S/S Jersey has been designed for a Pro-fit and is a performance summer technical garment. The fabric is the new TX2 which helps the airflow move more cleanly over the shoulders and body of the rider. It remains fully breathable helping regulate your temperature and keeping you cool, reducing your need for extra hydration through the loss of perspiration.
"The TX2 material is a fully managed moisture transfer fabric, ideal for between 15C to 35C."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Lusso lists these features:
Lightweight and Aero – 90% polyester 10% Lycra
. Multi Fabric Design
* Full Front Zip for easy access
* 4 Rear pockets (1 zipped)
* Moisture Transfer Breathable Fabric, 50+ UV Ray Protection
* SC-4s Arm & Hem grippers
* Race fit (None flap)
* Machine Washable
. Made in the UK
Rate the product for quality of construction:
Rate the product for performance:
Good temperature regulation.
Rate the product for durability:
A month of use and washing and it's faring well.
Rate the product for fit:
Size medium is a good fit for women who normally wear medium/12.
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Rate the product for weight:
Made with lightweight fabric.
Rate the product for comfort:
Comfortable to wear, stays in place, no riding up.
Rate the product for value:
Pretty good for the money, with technical fabric.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed fine, no problems, and fast drying.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
As a lightweight summer jersey it performed well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
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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It's a very good jersey at a pretty good price; it's versatile too, and became my go-to for the summer in most conditions.
Age: 36 Height: 168cm Weight: 60kg
I usually ride: specailized dolce 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: touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking
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