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Given the name you might expect Lusso's Leggero long sleeve jersey to be a very lightweight offering. It's not: the mid-weight fabric with a flocked internal finish is warm enough for spring or autumn rides when coupled with a base layer, or for a disappointing summer day on its own.
The Leggero is constructed from MT.1 moisture transfer fabric which Lusso claim "is specially designed fabric for high moisture transfer keeping you cool and saving energy to ride longer". It does wick pretty well, too. The fabric isn't as stretchy as some (it has more give for your girth than your height) so sizing it right is important. I was wearing a Large, and at 92kg and 1.9m that's what I'd expect to be: sizing is pretty sensible.
The Leggero feels a bit odd when you put it on, and that's because it's anatomically fitted to a riding position and the material doesn't have much up/down stretch. So it pulls down a bit at the front. Once you're on your bike it feels entirely normal and the fit is very good. There's plenty of length in the body and arms but there's no extraneous material flapping about. A silicone gripper keeps the bottom of the jersey in place. At the back there's three fairly generous pockets with reflective piping along the top, and one zippered pocket (not waterproof) that'll swallow an iPhone 5 but not a 6+. The YKK zip runs the full length of the jersey. Seams are mostly flatlocked and I didn't have any rubbing issues.
I've worn this jersey a fair bit, on disappointing summer days that didn't really feel like summer: there's been plenty to choose from. Without a base layer it's good for temperatures in the 12-18° range, which means it'll get plenty of use in UK conditions. Adding a base layer makes it even more versatile. It doesn't get too hot when you're working hard either: it wicks well, and although it takes the edge off the wind it's certainly not windproof. If the sun does manage to break through, it's SPF50 rated so you won't burn. Although you might get a bit toasty.
Machine washing has left the Leggero jesrey as good as new. The only minor niggle is that the fabric is quite easy to catch, and because the base material is white and the majority of the print is red and black, those snags tend to show. Other than that I've been very pleased with the performance. It doesn't do anything remarkable but it puts in a solid performance and it's good value at a penny under £60.
Good value long-sleeve top for the in-between days; performs well on the bike
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Make and model: Lusso Leggero long sleeved jersey
Size tested: L
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Full Front Zip for easy access
* Lusso SC9 Gripper around the hem
* 3 Rear pockets, plus 1 Zipped (4 in total)
* 50+ UV Ray protection
* Anatomically shaped
* Reflective element at rear
* Machine Washable
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a good all-rounder for spring to autumn.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good performance overall.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
material is easy to snag
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's not a remarkable jersey but it performs well and it's good value.
Age: 43 Height: 189cm Weight: 92kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.