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The Santini Pure Dye Jersey is a nicely made, comfortable long sleeve jersey for those chilly days. The tie-dyed look is interesting but you might want one of the two brighter colours if you want many people to notice it...
The Pure Dye Jersey is breathable and comfortable, and wears slightly looser than lots of other Santini jerseys. It's certainly not relaxed to the point of flapping around, though, so if you like a comfortable (rather than race) fit it's a great choice.
I've been particularly struck by the super-soft lining, which feels excellent against the skin. There's a gripper around the entire waist that keeps everything securely in place.
This black version will please many, but if you like to be easier to see there's a pretty bright orange version as well as green or purple options. They all have small reflective patches on the back.
You get three decently-sized pockets (I got a Bluetooth speaker in the middle one comfortably and still had room for all my snacks), but no zipped pocket for valuables, which is a shame.
The Pure Dye Jersey is designed to work as an outer for the cooler days of autumn – Santini says 8-15°C. I found it worked well up to a reasonably toasty 14/15°C without overheating me too much, while layered with a warm base layer – and some outer wind and/or waterproofing – it'll obviously be useful in much lower temperatures than 8°.
The cuffs have enough stretch to go over your hands easily but still give a snug fit, and are thin enough to play nicely with gloves.
The main zip has a nice rubber-like gripper so that it, too, works easily with gloves.
The collar is fittingly middling for height, offering some protection from cold winds without ever acting like a neck warmer.
At £120 this is middling for a jersey from a premium brand. You can certainly get similar things for far less from more budget-oriented companies – Van Rysel does a good option for £54.99, for instance, with its Men's Mid-Season Long-Sleeved Road Cycling Jersey Race – but you can also pay way more.
The similar Le Col Pro Long Sleeve is £40 more than the Santini, for one, while the Castelli Flight Jersey Air is £185 and the Rapha Brevet Insulated Long Sleeve Gore-Tex Infinium Jersey is £240 – though that offers windproof fabric, if not a windproof zip.
While not really offering anything (besides the looks) that many other jerseys don't offer already, the Pure Dye is nevertheless another strong option – especially if the style grabs you. It's a pleasure to wear, very comfy over hours of riding and really soft against the skin.
Comfy, stylish and usefully warm jersey for cool days, and a great fit too
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Santini Pure Dye - Jersey
Size tested: M
Tell us what the product is for
Santini says, "Long sleeve thermal jersey. Designed in a classic fit for a comfortable wear. Made with premium Italian thermal fabric providing breathability, thermal retention and a super soft skin feel. Featuring a tie dye print that will get you noticed."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Temperature range: 8-15°C
Polyester, Elastane and Polyamide
Well made and stitched, with no obvious issues.
For cool dry days it performs well, but the lack of any water resistance means they need to stay dry.
There were no tight or uncomfortable areas, and the fit was pleasant.
The sizing is as I'd expect for a relaxed-fit medium jersey.
The inside is very soft and pleasant to touch, and it's a comfortable jersey overall.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washing has been easy and caused no issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It has been great, being breathable but adding enough warmth to be pleasant for a decent range of autumnal temperatures.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I like the sizing of the pockets, and the softness and comfort of the lining.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's middling for a jersey from a premium brand. You can get similar things for far less from more budget-oriented companies – Van Rysel does a good option for £55, for instance – but you can also pay way more (£200+) for really high-end tops.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? If on sale
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The Pure Dye Jersey is a comfy, pleasant long sleeve that works very well. It's up against a lot of very similar competition, though.
About the tester
I usually ride: Storck Aerfast My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Semi pro
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,