ZeroRh+ is an Italian brand, with a company ethos focused on “elasticity, flexibility, lightness, safety, grip, durability, agility, dynamism, style, versatility, performance and endurance”. Phew!
Vertigo Jersey – Short-Sleeve
As you might expect from an Italian brand, attention to detail is paramount. The Vertigo jersey uses new materials (“Firedry Gold 100”). We found the jersey very light, due to the aforementioned fabric. It regulated airflow effectivley, felt soft against the skin, and left no signs of irritation, either on a daily 30-mile commute with a rucksack, or on a 90-mile weekend blast.
It has a full-length zip that locks courtesy of a tab, three rear pockets, so the contents stay put, and an all-important stretch waist gripper to ensure a snug fit. I found the construction of the jersey a perfect fit in any riding position.
There is also plenty of high visibility, reflective detailing, but not so much so that you feel part of a commuter chain gang!
The jersey has a close fight. It comes in sizes from S to XXXXL, and in four colours: white-black, red-white, white-blue, and the black-white of our test garment. It costs £79.99.
We’re always pleased to try shorts with straps made from the same, stretchy material as the leg, rather than a separate, non-stretch mesh. ZeroRh+ give you a bit of both, with a stretchy strap lined with perforated fabric, a design they term “Gradual fit Anallergic” braces. Whilst initially hesitant about the design, they turned out to be spot on
The short is made from the same lightweight Firedry Gold 100 fabric as the Vertigo jersey, and has a ‘preformed’ leg, an unfortunately named Uranus chamois, and flat seams to beat irritation. The hems are designed not to pinch, irritate or shift around, and we found they met their design brief.
The shorts come in black-white, sizes S to XXXL, and cost £94.99.
Team Pocket Vest
A gilet is a garment we’d hope not to wear too much in summer, but the unpredictable weather that followed the arrival of the Team Pocket vest at RCUK HQ has seen it pressed into regular service.
In common with the jersey, it breathed well and kept moisture at bay. It proved ideal for early mornings and chilly evenings. Its lightweight nature made it easy to stow. We would describe the fit as regular: neither close nor generous, but perhaps a little short.
Like the leg of the Logo bibshort, the vest has a preformed construction, and, like the Vertigo jersey, a full length zip with self-locking tab, and three rear pockets (one zipped).
It comes in sizes from S to XXXL and in three colourways: black, white-black, and the white-red of our test garment. It costs £44.99.
It should be unnecessary to review arm warmers in summer, but conditions even at this time of year can make them essential.
The ZeroRh+ Aria line has a lightweight, non-insulated design, intended to make your riding in varying conditions more comfortable: use these to reduce your sun exposure or take the nip out of a cold front. Being lightweight and warm, they’re a perfect addition to your cool-weather stock.
Another pre-formed anatomic construction, they include a ‘no-slip’ feature to prevent the warmers from sliding down or shifting during your ride, which can be the case with other arm warmers. The same Firedry 100 material featured in the jersey and short is used here. The stitching is excellent and the feel is smooth.
These arm warmers come in sizes from S to XL. We tested the medium which offered a nice, snug fit, without stopping blood flow. Two colourways are available: white or black. They cost £19.99.
Logo Sock (red)
The Logo sock was comfortable and well ventilated, low at the ankle making them a good choice for summer. They held their shape well after repeated washes. They come in three sizes: S-M (UK sizes 4-7); L-XL (UK size 8-10); XXL (UK size 11-13). Three colours are offered: red, white, white-blue, and black. They cost £10.99.
Our tester was very impressed by the ZeroRh+ range. The attention to detail, the fabrics, and an elegant design that kept logos to a minimum were all considered plus points.