Predictably in pink, but also available in an equally standard aqua colour option, Dare2b's Zippidee is nonetheless a good looking jersey. It (along with the Kiss Ass shorts) is allocated the heading of Mountain Bike clothing by Dare2b, but in reality it shares the more generic nature of the shorts. This is a general cycling jersey, rather than being particularly specific to one style or another. Relatively speaking it's a little pricier than the shorts, but £40 is still a reasonable and fairly standard price for a technically competent jersey with some good features.
The first thing you notice about the Zippidee - apart from the colour and the name with echoes of the Magic Roundabout- is its length. The fit is really long in the body, making it a much better choice for taller women than shorter, but it does sit happily higher up nonetheless, due to its elasticated bottom. The fabric is soft and silky, with strategically placed mesh venting zones down the sides and down the centre of the back. There are three elasticated rear pouch pockets, which are hugely deep due to the length of the jersey overall, plus a small zipped security pocket. The hem is elasticated, well shaped and features gripper tape. The neckline is an attractive shape, with a decent length of zip at the front, and there's plenty of reflective trim all over the jersey for added visibility.
If the fit suits you (long in the body but otherwise pretty true to high street sizing and not 'race fit') it's a very competent jersey. The fabric is comfortable next to your skin and wicks moisture quickly and effectively, while the ventilation panels work well to keep you cooler in hot weather or when working hard. It's nicely featured and attractive too.
Middle of the road price, but a well featured and capable jersey. A good option for taller women
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Make and model: Dare 2b Women's Zippidee Jersey
Size tested: Pink, size 12
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?
Nominally aimed at mountain bikers but really more of a generic cycling jersey.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Gripper at hem
Ventilation mesh panels under arms and at centre of back.
3 deep elasticated pockets
1 small zipped security pocket
Washable at 30
Available in sizes UK8-18
A few rough edges here and there but pretty well put together, and using nice quality fabric.
Comfortable to wear and performed well.
Keep it clear of velcro (snagging risk) and would prefer washable at 40 but should last well.
Very comfortable. A good option for taller women too, due to length in body.
Not an outstandingly good price, but about average for a well designed jersey.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style, venting, reflectivity, pockets
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Length of body (better suited to taller women) a minor problem
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, especially taller ones.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A well featured and nicely styled jersey offering good levels of ride comfort. Better suited to taller women.
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
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, general fitness riding, mtb,
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 road.cc 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.