Specialized RBX DriRelase Merino Jersey review£75.00

Great fit and feel in poly-merino blend jersey

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For those who don't want to look shrink-wrapped in a pro jersey nor wear a baggy, flapping top, the Specialized RBX DriRelease Merino is a happy medium. Made with a blend of polyester and soft wool, the RBX DriRelease Merino has what Specialized calls its Standard Fit, which sits between Form Fit and Loose. For those of us without narrow, bike-racer shoulders, Standard Fit is a good thing.

The material is light, soft and not restrictive, more like an old T-shirt than a race jersey. Yet on the bike it holds its shape just fine, with a gripper on the lower back hem and doubled-over material at the arm cuffs. 

Mindful of the soft material, Specialized ran a pair of stitched braces the length of the back to support the pockets.   

Reflective tabs are sewn into the outer sides of the far pockets, and the back of each sleeve. 

A valuables pocket with a hidden zipper sits on top of the central pocket. This pocket has a sweatproof liner facing the body, but it isn't waterproof to the outside. Should you want to run headphones off your phone, there is a little inner hole in the valuables pocket and loops up along the inside of the jersey to the collar.

The rbx fit is close but not shrink-wrapped. this is a medium on a 6ft/183cm rider: the rbx fit is close but not shrink-wrapped. this is a medium on a 6ft/183cm rider
The rbx fit is close but not shrink-wrapped. this is a medium on a 6ft/183cm rider: the rbx fit is close but not shrink-wrapped. this is a medium on a 6ft/183cm rider

In a retro move, there is also a hidden zippered chest pocket. I have no idea what you would put in here.

Some might see this jersey as a Rapha knockoff or a riff on Giro's now-discontinued New Road line. Whatever the origins, I found it to be a comfortable, understated jersey. Besidse this version, it also comes in black, baby blue/navy and mustard/carbon.

Specialized also sells a longsleeve version of the RBX DriRelease Merino, and a skintight SL DriRelease Merino version as well.

A zippered valuables pocket has accommodation for running headphones up inside the jersey: a zippered valuables pocket has accommodation for running headphones up inside the jersey
A zippered valuables pocket has accommodation for running headphones up inside the jersey: a zippered valuables pocket has accommodation for running headphones up inside the jersey

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Age: 39
  • Height: 183cm / 6'
  • Weight: 84kg / 185lb
  • Waist: 84cm / 33in
  • Chest: 99cm / 39in
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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