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The dhb Classic Long Sleeve jersey – Pace is a traditional styled, mid-weight top that fills that gap between the warmth of summer and the cold of winter. It's well made, performs across a decent temperature range and comes with plenty of pleasing details. Choose the bolder Black/Khaki option (which actually includes bright yellow) if you want to stand out on grey days, though.
The last time I reviewed one of dhb's Classic jerseys I criticised it for the lack of a dropped tail, so I'm glad to see the Pace model sits much lower at the rear. It's long enough to provide a little warmth and protection to your lower back.
In fact, the overall cut of the Pace is very good. The front is kept short to reduce any bunching of the fabric, and there is plenty of length in the sleeves to make sure they don't ride up when you're stretched out.
You get a decent-height neck too, and it's good to see little details like a zip garage on a jersey as relatively cheap as this.
At the rear are four pockets: three deep ones in the traditional layout, plus a zipped valuables pocket. It's not lined to stop water ingress, but I'm not going to be heavily critical of that, not at this price.
The Classic Pace is part of dhb's performance lineup, meaning that the cut is pretty close without being designed specifically for whippet-thin racers.
I like the fit. As I moved around on the bike, I never found any places where the jersey became tight or restrictive, such as under the arms.
The micro-Roubaix fabric dhb has chosen works well. I'd say it has a range of between 15°C and 3°C depending on which baselayer you go with, which is most of the UK winter taken care of, plus early spring and late autumn – it's pretty versatile.
Breathability levels are good too, and thanks to the lack of bulk the Pace can easily be worn as part of a bigger layering system.
There are six sizes available from XS to XXL and two colour options. This Black/Grey – which I find quite pleasing on the eye – does blend in with the background quite easily on dull winter days, though. I noticed this when catching up with a rider who was wearing the exact same jersey.
dhb has added an orange stripe to the rear pockets, but it's not that noticeable until you get closer. If you do want some brightness, the Black/Khaki option has yellow stripes across the chest and back.
Priced nominally at £60, as a Wiggle-owned brand dhb will almost never sell it for that – it's £42 at the time of writing, for instance. The Classic Pace is a lot of jersey for the money.
It compares well against the likes of Lusso's Momentum Long Sleeve Jersey, which is very similar in execution at £74.99. The Lusso's 'made in the UK' status might be an important selling point for you, though.
I was impressed with Altura's Icon Long Sleeve Jersey too. The fit is a bit more relaxed than the Pace's, but the performance is good and it's just a penny cheaper than the dhb at full price.
Overall, the simplicity of the Classic – Pace is why I like it so much. It delivers pretty much everything you need from a quality long sleeve jersey, and at a very impressive price.
Traditionally styled road jersey that offers good performance and attention to detail
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road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Classic Long Sleeve Jersey - Pace
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
dhb says: "Keep riding in style when temperatures begin to drop with the high-performing dhb Classic Long Sleeve Jersey - Pace. The powerful micro Roubaix fabric offers lightweight insulation while its high-wicking properties will stop you overheating."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Micro Roubaix fabric
Lightweight, fast-wicking and super soft
Full-length lockdown YKK Group zip
Three vertical pockets
Fourth zipped valuables pocket
Elastic hem gripper
Reflectives on sleeves and pockets
I find dhb's sizing realistic for the UK market. Full sizing details can be found on their website.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No problems after many washes at 30 degrees.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a jersey that works across a broad temperature range, offering plenty of versatility.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good warmth levels from the fabric.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The colour is a bit bland for dull winter days.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's the same price as the Altura Icon but has a more performance-orientated fit, while it undercuts the Lusso Momnetum by a fair chunk – and that is not exactly a pricey jersey either.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes (probably in the brighter colour though)
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The dhb Classic LS offers good levels of performance, comfort and fit, which could make it a solid 7. But all this combines with extra details like a zip garage, a valuables pocket and the low price to nudge it up to an 8.
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,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!