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When it comes to offering low-cost clothing, DHB have been untouchable over the past few years, and their new Knowle range sees them moving into more high end territory.
This is a really lightweight nylon/elastane jersey for the warmest summer weather. The stretchy front panels are joined by a full-length zip so you can let plenty of cool breeze in, the back panels are a more open weave, and the centre-back strip and underarm sections are mesh. This all adds up to a whole lot of air-conditioning which, combined with impressive fabric wick-ability, keeps you comfortable when the roads are sizzling.
The seams aren’t flat-stitched but that’s less of an issue on a jersey than it is on shorts, and the build-quality is excellent. You get three pockets in the lower back, one of which has a zipped compartment with a hole for a headphones wire, while the elasticated hem comes with dots of silicone rubber on the inner side to help prevent riding up.
The sizing is slimline and snug. In fact, that’s an understatement; you might well want a size up from normal, so check the fit charts on Wiggle’s website before you buy.
At £69.99 the Knowle jersey is by no means cheap but it offers several useful features and a high-level of performance. It’s very, very similar to Assos’s SS13 in design, and that jersey sells for over 150 quid.
Highly breathable jersey at a reasonable price considering its excellent design features
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Make and model: dhb Knowle jersey
Size tested: M
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very comfortable
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, for sporty cyclists looking for performance
Age: 36 Height: 184cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
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, mtb,
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 over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.