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Most kit I use is fairly workman like, with not many bells and whistles, and tends to be in black or grey. I needed some extra kit for my cycling trip to France. I only had one cycling jersey (forgetting the one I got for a charity ride) and had the prospect of 3 days in the saddle. I looked around and decide I wasn’t paying close to £100 for a piece of kit I’d use infrequently. There was also too much choice!
I needed a lightweight jersey as I was heading the French Alps in the summer and something that was not too “race fit”. I banked on the dhb Aeron Short Sleeve Jersey, and I’m glad I did.
Dhb is the online retailer, Wiggle’s in house brand. I’ve used the dhb Classic bib shorts for a year or so and I’ve been very impressed with them. They are comfortable and hard wearing.
The jersey is lightweight, so definitely a summer jersey and just what I was after. As with any sport kit, the material is sweat wicking to help maintain an even body temperature. Riding through the mountains, in the summer, at 2000m elevation with the temperature in the 30s, it was just what I needed. The material under the arms and down the spine of the back is slightly thinner to keep you cool.
There’s an anti-bacterial finish to keep the jersey fresh and hopefully stop it getting that stale sweat smell in the future. I’ve washed mine 5-6 times and it looks brand new and has held its shape.
I bought a large size. I’m a 42” (107cm) chest and 5 ft 10“ (178 cm). This is always as worry with cycling gear. It arrives and it’s too small, tight or short, and the kit you’ve been longing for, has to be sent back.
The jersey is comfortable and fit me well. Its snug, but you need that and it’s not too short, but has to be worn with bib shorts. There’s a silicone hem gripper to keep the jersey in place. Laser cut arm grippers add a touch of tech and race class which I really like. In a £50 jersey, this quality is great.
Pockets and zips
There’s a full length zip, which I think you need. It allows unzipping and letting it flap behind you “Tour de France style” in hot weather if that’s your style. It also makes it easier to take off and put on again, especially when you forget to got to the toilet before you set off.
The one thing the jersey does not have is the little protective flap that sits over the zip when it’s fully done up to stop it irritating you under the chin. This is not a game changer as just slightly unzipping the top stops the zip from being an issue.
There are three pockets at the back, which are standard to most jerseys. You can fit all you need. In France I carried an inner tube, mini pump, tyre levers, rain jacket, 3 gels, 2 Clif bars, phone, cash and cards. The phone, cash and cards went in the secure zip pocket. The zip is good quality and with a chunky “handle” to grab.
To get a jersey this technical and good looking for £50 is fantastic. It looks great in red and I’ve been tempted by the black one too. The dhb Aeron Short Sleeve Jersey is described by Wiggle as “A real all-rounder” and “The Perfect Everyday Jersey” and I’d have to agree.
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