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If you want a simple bit of kit to bridge the gap from autumn to winter, the dhb Classic Long Sleeve Jersey is definitely worth a mention. There is little in the way of marketing blurb and technical this and that, but that is exactly what it is all about. A well-made, decent-performing top that works perfectly especially as part of a layering system, for not a lot of cash.
The Classic is a lightweight long sleeve jersey that works at its best when the temperature is hanging around the 7°C to 15°C mark, when paired with a standard long sleeved baselayer.
The polyester fabric dhb has chosen is quite thin compared to many jerseys, but it does a respectable job of keeping the cold air at bay, and the fact that it has a fleecy style back to it helps trap a warm layer of air next to your body.
The beauty of its lack of bulk is that once autumn gives way to winter, it easily fits under a jacket to keep you warm and dry on a horrible day, plus you can always add a thermal baselayer beneath it without feeling like the Michelin man in all your layers.
As part of dhb's Active collection, the Classic has a slightly more relaxed fit than models further up the range. The cut is designed more for those who ride in a slightly more upright position, as you don't have much of drop to the rear of the jersey as you might on a racier garment.
That's not to say it won't work if you ride a little more aggressively. My winter bike is just as slammed as my summer one, and while I did notice the shorter back it's not a major issue when wearing bib tights. It may not be form fit, but it isn't baggy either, so it's not like you have loads of material flapping about in the wind.
The neck is a decent enough height to keep the draughts out, and you get a zip garage to protect your neck, which is good to see at this price.
The full zip runs smoothly, and it also has a strip of fabric behind it to block wind getting through.
The sleeves are a good length, and although there is no elastic at the cuffs they pretty much stayed put when stretched out on the drops.
On the rear there are four pockets, three traditional and one zipped valuables pocket, which is a nice touch. The pockets are quite roomy and, more importantly, deep so things shouldn't tip out when you are hunkered down and descending.
One thing I do like is that the stitching used to separate the three main pockets is reflective, and there is a band around each cuff as well.
Overall quality is up to dhb's usual high standards and you really can't fault it. All the stitching is immaculate throughout, and the Classic is really finished well.
I like the bright orange colour, too. It should hopefully help you get noticed out on the road during gloomy weather without having to go down the fluoro route. If you want something a little more subdued, there is also a navy blue option.
Both colours come in a size range stretching from XS to XXXL (35in to 46 1/8in chest) which should cover most cyclists. The sizing is spot on to the size guide on wiggle's site, which makes things easier when you can't try before you buy.
Price-wise, you are looking at an RRP of £65 for the Classic, which I'd say is about the right money for a jersey with this quality of finish. That said, the whole jersey is quite basic in terms of tech, and using it on its own you'll only be wearing it for about a couple of months of the year.
When it comes to competition, James was very impressed with the Triban RC 500 long sleeve jersey, which comes in at a very good £34.99.
The very similar Lusso Terrain LS is about the same money as the dhb at £69.99, so there is a fair variation of price out there.
On the whole, the Classic isn't the warmest jersey on the market, but it works well in the right temperatures. Add to that the quality finish and other little neat details and you've got a decent bit of kit for the money.
Simple but effective autumn jersey that is the perfect thickness for layering up
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road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Classic Long Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
dhb says the Classic Long Sleeve Jersey is: "Ideal for the cooler months of the year. Perfect to layer up with making it super versatile to suit a wide range of riding conditions. Make it the cornerstone of your winter wardrobe.
"dhb Classic - Timeless Design. Performance. Simplicity."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
dhb lists these features:
Breathable wicking polyester fabric
Full length, lock down YKK zip
3 vertical pockets with secure YKK zip pocket
Internal zip guard
Internal elasticated silicone gripper on hem
Reflective dhb logo on front chest and upper back
dhb's fit and sizing is very good – all you need to do is follow their size guide.
It's on a par with similar brands like the Lusso I mention in the review. You can't get away from the excellent value on offer from the likes of Triban, though.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No issues at all with it being washed in the machine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For autumn or spring use it works really well, but you'll definitely be layering it up for the winter months.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Very well made.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not a lot really; it's not warm enough to wear if the temperature drops closer to freezing, but dhb says to layer up.
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
The Classic works well in a no-frills kind of way, and offers pretty good value for money. It is very well made too.
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
As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for road.cc, off-road.cc and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!