This short sleeved trail jersey is designed for all year round use and any trail conditions. Constructed from 100% polyester it’s not the softest material to touch and it’s not that stretchy but dhb have done a good job of designing the cut so those factors aren’t so obvious when wearing it.
The lightweight fabric is breathable but I found it to be a little slow to dry on chillier days, cooling the skin more than I’d like. There are mesh underarm panels to keep the air circulating on hot rides and dhb say there is a ‘Hi-Q’ anti-odour treatment keeps you fresher for longer, I certainly didn’t smell any worse than I usually do! Elsewhere there are reflective logos front and rear but they are pretty small so don’t count on them upping your safety levels too much.
The fit is slim but relaxed, meaning there is plenty of space for a base layer underneath in winter and it won’t cling to the skin on sweatier rides when worn on its own. It’s plenty long enough a the rear, and at the front for that matter, staying in place well when riding. The sleeves are longer than the average short sleeved jersey but I really liked that, it offers more protection and means they don’t ride up under the arm or rub at all.
There are a couple of improvements to be made however to this versatile jersey. There are no raglan sleeves so there are seams that run over the shoulders. This didn’t cause any chafing for me, but I usually only ride for 3-4 hours at a time rather than day long missions. dhb say this jersey is designed for anything from trail riding to bikepacking, the latter is where a bit of rubbing could cause misery!
The fabric also is a little prone to pulling (this also happened on the long sleeve jersey), I’ve caught mine on a bramble or two and some threads have come loose. As a result, I make sure I never wash it with any Velcro. Lastly, and this may seem a tad picky but the colour of the sleeves doesn’t match the colour of the base of the jersey, it’s close but it’s not the same and would look better if it matched.
At just £30, this jersey is a bargain, it’s £15-£20 cheaper than most other brands and although there are no additional extras there is plenty to like. The styling is good (colours matching aside), the fit will suit most riders and it’s a multi-purpose jersey that can be used for any manner of biking activities.
Wiggle say - Lightweight, breathable, and finished with a subtle but great looking Marl texture styling, the dhb Women's MTB Trail Crew Short Sleeve Jersey lets you take to the trails in comfort and style.
Previously Editor here at off-road.cc, Rachael is happiest on two wheels. Partial to a race or two Rachael also likes getting out into the hills with a big bunch of mates. In the past Rachael has written for publications such as, Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine, Mountain Biking UK, Bike Radar, New Zealand Mountain Biker and was also the online editor for Spoke magazine in New Zealand too. For as long as she's been riding, she has been equally happy getting stuck into a kit review as she is creating stories or doing the site admin. When she's not busy with all the above she's roasting coffee or coaching mountain biking in the Forest of Dean.