dhbÂ Classic Roubaix Long Sleeve JerseyÂ - Â£45
They sayâ€¦Warmth, comfort and versatility are what you’ll get fromÂ dhb’sÂ Classic Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey.
The ultimate in versatile all season performance
A staple of any riderâ€™s wardrobe, a thermal jersey is a sound investment seeing you through autumn, winter and spring – easy to layer up with to suit almost any riding conditions. TheÂ dhbÂ Classic Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey is perfect in combination with tights, thermal base layer, gilets or jackets; a garment that is incredibly versatile and can be used to form the bedrock of your cold weather riding kit.
Warmth and comfort built in
TheÂ dhbÂ Classic Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey has been designed to keep you riding asÂ tempraturesÂ drop. Using a warm and breathable, wicking polyester fleece fabric a warm micro climate is created. The fleece traps warm air while perspiration is transported away from the skin to keep you dry and comfortable. If you do find yourself too warm during harder efforts then you have the full length front zip to expel warm air and allow for extra air circulation.
An internal silicon gripper holds the hem in place when in your riding position as well as sealing the jersey effectively, keeping warm air in and cold air out.
Performance fit and features
dhb’sÂ classic range is based on a performance fit. This is a close to the body fit to aid performance but designed to accommodate different body shapes. To keep you on the road you’ll find 3 vertical pockets – keeping all your ride essentials easy to hand – plus a secure zipped pocket for valuables and cafe stop money.
We sayâ€¦Iâ€™ll admit that as someone from a running background Iâ€™m used to wearing as few layers as possible, so when I first started cycling it was a culture shock about the importance of layers when cycling â€“especially when cycling through cold autumn and winters. Admittedly when I first started testing this kit we were going through an especially mild autumn and I was surprised to find that despite the factÂ dhbÂ advertise this jerseyâ€™s cold weather credentials, their use of comfortable materials meant I was able to wear this jersey on its own (using the zip for ventilation if I found myself too hot) and unlike other cycling tops, the sleeves on this top are actually soft enough to roll up giving you the option to make this a short-sleeved jersey when required â€“ something which Iâ€™m always surprised by with other cycling jackets.
During my trial period I was testing the Petrol Blue colourÂ long sleeved jerseyÂ and Burgundy colour jacket andÂ the classic colour went really well together and offered a nice change from the usual bright blues and reds which you typically see in cycle clothing (and also offered a nice way to support my local football team â€˜West Hamâ€™ with an almost claret and blue styling!).Â The fit is also brilliant – Iâ€™m typically a size small in most run clothing but as I know cycle clothing tends to come up quiteÂ tight I opted for size medium and the fit really is great â€“ even when worn over other layers once the temperature started to drop.Â Itâ€™s also worth pointing out that at Â£45 this Jersey is very competitively priced against most other brands while still retaining excellent quality (somethingÂ dhbÂ excels at as a brand) and at time of publication this jersey is on offer at Wiggle for just Â£27 whichÂ reallyÂ is a steal!
Overall this is a great piece of kit suitable for all seasons, and theÂ uniqueÂ styling stands outÂ perfectlyÂ from most typical cycling kit making it aÂ greatÂ addition to anyÂ cyclistâ€™sÂ wardrobe at aÂ very attractive price.
They sayâ€¦As autumn and winter rolls around the Classic SoftshellÂ WindslamÂ Roubaix Jacket provides you all theÂ windchillÂ protection and warmth needed. An ideal addition to your layering system
Perfect climate control for multi-season riding
Partnering fleece lined, wind-resistant panels with lighter-weight and breathable fleece panels this jacket creates a perfectly warm and dry climate for your core.
When riding the fleece lined, wind-resistant front and sleeves act to effectively protect and insulate theÂ areasÂ most susceptible toÂ windchill. Then along the back and sleeves, a warm and breathable wicking fleece is used to both insulate and manage the moisture which can build up between the skin and the garment, even on colder days. It is this combination of fabrics that creates a jacket that is so versatile for multi season riding – use as an outer layer on milder days or mid layer as temperatures drop.
We also know you want to be seen as light levels fade so reflectiveÂ dhbÂ logos plus reflective details on the upper arm and rear pocket seams help raise your profile to other road users.
Fit for the Road Cyclist
Fitting close to the body to support the road cycling position, the Classic SoftshellÂ WindslamÂ Roubaix is perfect for any level of cyclist, from new comers to professionals. It features an internal elasticated silicone gripper on the hem line and elasticated cuffs to prevent wind entering the jersey, and an internal chin guard for added support and comfort.
Generous Kit Carrying Space
You’ll find three vertical rear pockets giving you plenty of space for stowing all your ride essentials, whether that’s a tube, nutrition, multi tool or a packable jacket. For keeping valuables safe and secure there’s also an additional rear zipped pocket – no more worrying about losing door or car keys.
We sayâ€¦As the temperature dropped throughout December I started to use myÂ dhbÂ WindslamÂ jacket along with the long-sleeved jersey and without a doubt these two pieces of kit were made for each other. At first glance you could be mistaken for thinking theyâ€™re the same piece of kit as two different colour options, but in actual fact the jacket has a number of additional features making it ideal forÂ chilly rides when the mercury drops includingÂ aÂ windchillÂ defenceÂ softshell, wind resistant membrane onÂ theÂ front panel andÂ fleece linedÂ sleeves, lightweight breathable polyester fleece back and underarm panelsÂ and a fleece lined collarÂ which comesÂ slightlyÂ higher than on the jersey.Â In practice all of these features made for an incredibly cosy ride and even when beingÂ attacked by the winds of storm ImogenÂ whileÂ riding through the wide open Essex country lanes,Â I still felt nice and warmÂ while she attempted to steal my bike from underneath me!Â Of course this all comes at a price with the jacketâ€™s RRPÂ setÂ at Â£20 more than the jersey (Â£65 compared to Â£45), but again this is incredibly competitively priced compared to similar products from other brands.
If I do have one complaint itâ€™s that despiteÂ theseÂ windchillÂ features the jacket isnâ€™t actually waterproof,Â so if thereâ€™s any risk of rainÂ itâ€™s not the best choice for a long ride meaning youâ€™ll need to also take an extra waterproof layer with you. However,Â with theÂ generously sizedÂ pockets on both the jacket and jersey this is definitely an optionÂ asÂ although the pockets on the jacket are slightly deeper than those on the jersey, both pieces of kit offerÂ plenty of room in all 3 forÂ even the most cautious riderÂ withÂ plenty ofÂ spaceÂ for food, a small pump, inner tubes,Â puncture repair kit, tools,Â extra layers and whatever else you mayÂ chooseÂ to carryÂ (and trust me â€“ Iâ€™m a cautious rider so Iâ€™ve tested that theory out)!Â Itâ€™s also worth noting the zipper pocket on both the jersey and jacket is surprisingly spacious with plenty of roomÂ for allÂ modern large smartphones -Â for example: my Nexus 6 fitÂ perfectly soÂ itÂ wouldÂ probablyÂ alsoÂ holdÂ an iPhone 6 plusÂ or a Samsung Galaxy Note without any issues.
In combination both of these pieces of kitÂ make for excellentÂ autumn and winterÂ gear and when combined with a lightweight waterproof jacket such asÂ dhbâ€™sÂ ASVÂ eVentÂ waterproof jacketÂ (www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-asv-event-waterproof-jacket) I feel youâ€™ll have a perfect race setup which will see you through all seasons.
To find out more aboutÂ dhbâ€™sÂ range of cycling gear including the Classic range, visitÂ www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb/cycleÂ