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dhb Blok Macro jersey – review

Dhb’s Blok Macro short sleeve jersey is a good summer option that provides solid ventilation, a striking design and strong construction, and all for a budget price. The pockets are roomy, more than good enough to fit all the essentials, and the full-length zipper offers flexibility when it gets too hot.

Dhb are one of the most common logos you’ll see out on UK roads thanks to their excellent pricing combined with the visibility that comes with being Wiggle’s house brand. The jersey is 100 percent polyester semi-mesh material. That means when you’re wearing it the air flow works very well and keeps you cool. But even though it’s mesh it doesn’t compromise on sun protection, boasting UPF30 rating.

It’s also high wicking, removing sweat quickly and effectively, making it comfortable to wear on longer and warmer rides. I never felt uncomfortable in it, even climbing well into four-hour rides.

In terms of storage, the jersey performs really well with three well-sized pockets on the back supplemented by a secure zipped pocket on the outside right. An extra zipped pocket is a function I really like, and I can’t understand why more brands don’t employ something similar. It’s big enough to fit a phone, small wallet or keys, so makes it ideal for the kit that you aren’t likely to use mid-ride but don’t want to lose. The main pockets are large enough for all the essentials, although I found that the jersey came up a little short, which meant it could be a little fiddly to retrieve things on go.

Aside from being a little short, the other elements of the fit were excellent. The chest, arms and collar are all well sized and fit well to dhb’s idea of this as a performance jersey. It has a fairly slim fit, but doesn’t force you into an aero position if you want to be comfortable.

Helping with fit are the strong silicone grippers around the bottom of the jersey. Throughout the testing period I never found that the jersey rode up noticeably, even when the pockets were empty. There’s also no flap around the openings of the sleeves, which is another feature that can be annoying.

The eye-catching print is the most distinctive feature, and it’s certainly noticeable enough that you won’t feel the need to wear anything else in order to be seen on the road. The design could well be divisive, though, I like it but others I’ve asked don’t.

At £40, the jersey represents good value for money. There are plenty at this point that can be a bit of a mixed bag, with some proving to be cheap but quality, while others are just cheap. This one definitely falls into the former category.

Conclusion

Overall, dhb have come up with a really good summer jersey that comes in at a reasonable price. The design might be divisive, but the fit is good and the only criticism I’d have is that the body could stand to be a bit longer.

Pros

– Quality jersey at a strong price point
– Comfortable and well-ventilated

Cons

– Body could be a bit longer

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