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.
Warm winter insulation. A solid performer with some very good features, and excellent value.
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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."
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
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,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.