By Colin Dennis
Sizes: S – XXXL
Size tested: M
Designed and developed in conjunction with Tour De France rider, Oscar Pereiro, the Dare 2b AEP Rouleur Jersey has all the attributes of a performance race top without the hefty price tag.
The AEP logo on the Rouleur Jersey stands for Advanced Ergonomic Design, my understanding of this is that ‘where the material sits close to the body, it works best at wicking away moisture’ i.e. Sweat.
And this it does pretty well. At only sixty five quid, the Rouleur Jersey is an affordable piece of kit. It’s very soft and contours to the body extremely well, thanks to its combination of Polyester and Elastane fabrics.
The Rouleur also features an anti-bacterial odour control treatment imbedded into the fabric to help reduce nasty smells. Best way to reduce odours is to wash it at every ride of course, but it’s nice to know that Dare 2b care about our body hygiene all the same.
The mesh venting zones under the arms are a nice addition to enable the pits to breathe as the effort levels or temperature rises. The YKK zip runs freely and is easy to undo from the neckline. The zip toggle is garaged for added comfort at the neck and the fetching white material with black and red piping gives the Rouleur Jersey a racy edge to it.
Around at the tail end, three deep pockets soak up a whole plethora of gels, tools, phone, keys, tubes and CO cartridges. The sizable zip pocket holds keys and money securely with room to spare.
Stitching is beefy and lies flat against the skin throughout on the Rouleur Jersey. There’s plenty of give as the whole jersey moves comfortably in a four-way stretch. To keep the weight down but retain its shape, there’s a gel gripper that is built into the rear of the hemline only. This works fine at holding the Rouleur in place without being over-built.
Not quite a tight aero fit, but the Dare 2b Rouleur Jersey does fit snug enough to act a race jersey should you not wish to fork out the price of a set of winter wheels for a more spangly, cropped top.
In summary: great value summer road jersey that’s comfortable, fast wicking and very well made. The deep pockets at the rear can accommodate plenty of essentials for a long day in the saddle.
The inclusion of quality YKK zips at this price point is a nice touch. Its race heritage is noticeable from its short drop to the waist, but in reflection, the Rouleur Jersey is never going to bunch up down there. A race-ready top for not a racy price tag.