Dare 2B Fuser Jersey Review
The Dare 2B Fuser Jersey
Few products we test at ActiveGearReview tend to do multiple things well. In short, the more you “generalize” a product, the less you end up being able to use it for “specialized” activities. This has long been the trade off between performance and comfort or quick dry and warmth, for instance. A company from “across the pond” – Dare 2B – has managed to break that stereotype, however, with the Dare 2B Fuser Jersey. Need a jersey for a ride, and it’s got you covered. Need a shirt for a run, and it’s got you covered – and not in that “I forgot to wash my running clothes this week so I had to wear my bike jersey to the gym” sort of way.
Testing the Dare 2B Fuser Jersey
Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical at first when I pulled the Dare 2B Fuser Jersey out of the packaging. I’ve never liked the feel of bike jerseys while running, and I’d always elected to complete my “run” portion of any race in a tri-suit (one piece, not two – who wants to ride behind the guy in a two piece tri-suit?) The Dare 2B Fuser Jersey didn’t feel quite like a bike jersey, and so I immediately thought it wouldn’t perform like one. I was in a hurry to get a ride in at lunch, so I just pulled it on over my bibs and gave it go. I’m really glad I didn’t over think it. Mid way through my ride, I had to look down to remind myself I was wearing anything different. It feels just like a regular bike jersey, just not as tight. I noticed during my first ride (and on successive rides) in the Dare 2B Fuser Jersey that it’s just a bit looser in cut than a typical bike jersey – at high speeds, it tends to flap and catch wind. I’m not leading the peloton any time in my races, so the slight wind resistance just doesn’t bother me. When I took the jersey on my first run, I found out why.
The cut is such that it’s really comfortable to run in. The half zip to collar is nicely constructed on the Dare 2B Fuser Jeresy so that it doesn’t irritate. The reason the fabric is different than a cycling jersey is that it lends itself nicely to being lightweight when wet, and quick dry for running. Yes, I know quick dry exists in cycling clothing – but it’s different for a runner. Runners don’t have the air current nor the need for a heavier, wind resistant garment – so this feature is really nice. After a few training rides of up to 40 miles, and a couple of mid distance runs of up to 10 miles (I really appreciated the light weight of the jersey on my trail run this morning), I couldn’t tell where I liked the Dare 2B Fuser Jersey more – on the run, or on the bike.
Final Thoughts on the Dare 2B Fuser Jersey
With a host of features including quick dry, moisture wicking fabric and an autolocking half zip, the Dare 2B Fuser Jersey is a great choice for those looking for a multi-purpose garment that’s as comfortable on the ride as it is on the run. As such, the cut is a bit generous, so I’d look to go down a size from normal (even though it’s technically a European Garment, the Dare 2B Fuser Jersey comes in American sizing). Pricing starts around 19.99 in British Pounds, which works out to around $30.00. Dare 2B is launching a campaign to advertise overseas – I’d expect that with a quality product like this, you’ll start to them around soon. Be sure to head over to Dare 2B to check out the Fuser Jersey in the multitude of colors it comes in – at this pricing, to get a running shirt AND cycling jersey in one garment is simply awesome. Cheers.