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Lusso Women's Merino Plum Jersey



Well-priced UK-made jersey ideal for spring, autumn and summer, with good breathability and wicking

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The Lusso Women's Merino Jersey is a really good British made performance-cut top, ideal for autumn and spring and cooler summer days. It's a simple, non-fussy design with great breathability and wicking properties.

  • Pros: Merino feel and breathability/wicking properties
  • Cons: Not a lot!

I have been testing the jersey for a month or so in a mixed bag of weather, from rainy rides and chilly days to full-on sunshine! I did have to add a selection of layers at times – arm warmers, gilet and jacket on a few occasions – but despite the varied weather the jersey performed really well.

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The material used is 35% merino and 65% polyester, which Lusso classes as mid-weight. The merino gives the jersey odour resistance and high wicking ability and it certainly seems to work: you don't overheat, even on the tough rides.

Although I would normally wear a medium in most brands, the small I was testing fitted very well as a performance jersey. I was very happy with the close fit, which wasn't restrictive anywhere, but if you want it more relaxed I'd say you can stick with your usual size when choosing.

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The jersey feels supersoft and comfortable against the skin. I started testing it while it was still about 13-14°C and paired it with a lightweight race baselayer and arm warmers as it was a tad windy. The jersey performed very well; it's very breathable, and I never overheated on the hills. It didn't stop the wind but it's not that sort of jersey. With its wicking ability it's a good choice for some decent efforts, or if you're prone to sweating.

Down the back of the jersey there's a panel of fabric that is a little more lightweight than the main fabric, making it even more breathable.

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On chillier days I wore a gilet over the jersey and still felt comfortably warm without overheating.

If things do get a bit warm there's a full length front zip so you can add a bit of ventilation, and there's a zip garage at the top to stop irritation if you have it done right up.

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The jersey has the classic three pockets on the back, one with an additional small zip pocket on it for valuables. The pockets are a good access height while on the bike, and you can fit everything you need in them quite easily.

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There's a gripper on the hem which does its job well, comfortably holding the jersey in place. I had no issues with the jersey riding up at any point during my rides.

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Overall quality is very good – some flatlock seams, some overstitched, all holding together well after plenty of wearing and washing.

There is a tiny amount of reflective detail too, with a Lusso logo on the centre pocket at the back and on the chest. The jersey is also available in black as well as this plum colour.

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At £69.99 it's pretty good value for a merino jersey, comparing very well against 7Mesh's Women's Ashlu jersey and Rapha's Classic, both of which will set you back £110. It's also £5 cheaper than dhb's merino jersey.

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Overall, I'd say it's a very good three-season jersey, ideal for spring, autumn and summer with its breathability and wicking properties. Below 13-14°C it gets a little chilly and you'll want to layer up. I can't fault its performance as a classic short sleeve jersey, though, and I really do like the merino properties.


Well-priced UK-made jersey ideal for spring, autumn and summer, with good breathability and wicking test report

Make and model: Lusso Women's Merino Plum Jersey

Size tested: Small

Tell us what the product is for

Lusso says, "The Lusso Merino Jersey has been designed to be a close fitting garment that still retains its breathability, featuring odour resistance and high wickability so you don't overheat even on the hardest rides.

This Merino/Polyester mix retains its shape and prevents sagging, combining the best of what both nature and science have to offer.

Its Super soft and comfortable against the skin

Designed, cut, sewn and packaged in Manchester"

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

From Lusso:

35% Merino / 65% Polyester

4 Rear Pockets ( 1 zipped)

Full Front Zip

High Wicking


Odour Resistant

Mid-Weight Fabric

Classic Styling

SC9 Hem Gripper

Reflective Element at Rear

Zip Flap

Flat Lock and Over Lock Stitching

Made in Manchester UK

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Really well made.

Rate the product for performance:
Rate the product for durability:

Only a month of testing, but so far so good.

Rate the product for fit:

It is a really nice close fit, though I could have gone up a size.

Rate the product for sizing:

I'd say sizing is quite 'realistic' compared with some Italian brands. I tested a small and it was a close fit, but I'd normally wear a medium. Choose your usual for a more relaxed fit.

Rate the product for weight:

It is a medium weight merino mix fabric.

Rate the product for comfort:

Very comfortable and soft feel.

Rate the product for value:

It's good value compared with the 7Mesh Women's Ashlu Jersey and Rapha's merino Classic, both at £110.

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

Washing was fine at 30 degrees with other kit.

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

In the right temperature, it's a great jersey to wear.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

I like the merino properties and feel.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not a lot really.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

It's very good: it performs really well and I can't find much to fault. I really like the merino properties. Great choice for spring, autumn, and cooler summer days.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 168cm  Weight: 60kg

I usually ride: Genesis Croix de Fer Ti  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 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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MrB123 | 4 years ago

Seems to take inspiration from the Cafe du Cycliste Lucienne jersey (which is a lovely bit of kit and a lot more expensive)

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