Lusso's Dash short sleeve jersey offers a great combination of fit and cooling performance from its TX2 fabric, and all for a sensible price and decent quality.
- Pros: UK made, close fit, great breathability
- Cons: Narrow pockets
The Dash is aimed primarily at the summer temperatures with its lightweight construction, but it also works well as part of a layering system with a gilet or light jacket as the cooler autumn days start to edge in.
Both the front and rear panels use the mesh style TX2 fabric, which lets the wind blow through, removing plenty of body heat even when you're working hard on steeper climbs. It's recommended for use in temperatures ranging from 15°C to 35°C and you don't need to worry about sunburn either, as it offers 50+ UV protection.
The arms and side panels aren't mesh with a smooth, standard looking finish, and they are very soft to the touch with plenty of stretch to keep the fit close.
The whole cut of the jersey is designed for performance with no material left to flap around in the wind. Lusso has struck a nice balance, though, as you don't need to have single digit body fat figures for the fit to flatter.
The front is cut short so it works when on the bike without bunching up any material, while the rear has a dropped tail for plenty of coverage.
The neck is a nice height to stop draughts and you get small details like a zip cover to stop irritation at the throat.
You get three pockets at the rear which I found to be quite narrow to get my hands into when on the move, but they are taut so they'll carry the usual stuff without sagging.
There is a small zipped valuables pocket on the right hand side as well, which is the perfect size for cash or credit cards but you won't be getting a mobile phone in there.
As well as the black version you see here, you can also get the Dash in plum or dark blue in sizes ranging from S to XXL.
Price-wise the Dash is hard to knock at £64.99 especially when you look at similar jerseys of this mesh style design for summer use.
Another UK brand, Shutt Velo Rapide, has its Elite jersey which uses mesh in it to deal with the heat, but that costs £110.
It's not like Lusso has skimped on the quality either, as this UK-made garment is finished neatly throughout, especially the stitching.
Nicely made and cut summer race jersey at a very good price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Dash SS Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Lusso says, "The Dash R1 Style Breathe S/S Jersey has been designed for a Pro-fit and is a performance summer technical garment. The fabric is the new TX2 which helps the airflow move more cleanly over the shoulders and body of the rider. It remains fully breathable helping regulate your temperature and keeping you cool, reducing your need for extra hydration through the loss of perspiration.
"The TX2 material is a fully managed moisture transfer fabric, ideal for between 15C to 35C."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Lightweight and Aero – 90% polyester 10% Lycra
. Multi Fabric Design
* Full Front Zip for easy access
* 4 Rear pockets (1 zipped)
* Moisture Transfer Breathable Fabric, 50+ UV Ray Protection
* Hem grippers
* Race fit (None flap)
* Machine Washable
. Made in the UK
Spot on to Lusso's size guide. Lusso has created realistic sizing for the UK marketplace so there should be no need to size up as with some European brands.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Cleaned up every time and the thin mesh fabric has shown no issues from being in the machine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Keeps you cool in the summer heat with great breathability.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
A great all-round jersey for the money.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I struggled to get my hands in the pockets easily.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It is cheaper than most others on the market, although matched by the Alé Vetta that I tested earlier in the summer. The simple Pente jersey is £40, and Sweet Protection's Crossfire is close at £69.99, but many others are £100 or more.
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 overall score
Lots of jerseys of this style and quality are well over the £100 mark so it's great to see that Lusso has been able to make such a great product for the money. It's only really the narrower pockets that I can really knock it down on.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.