LE PM7 black with olive parts,
Dye Throttle 68/4500
Looks, Weight, Venting (when hot)
Venting, sleeve length, dull colors
The Dye C8 jersey looks very good, it gives a very good first impression. The new style of the jersey is very nice, and it looks good with the main body of it being black, and the colors as highligths. The colors seem a bit dull on the C8, i have only seen the blue and red jersey, and both are quite dull. i think it would have looked a lot better with brighter colors, but this is nothing major.
The jersey is made of thinner material than the C7, and is a lot lighter, this makes it a lot cooler, and more comfortable. the logo is printed onto the material this time, rather than being a patch, this makes it lighter, and slightly more comfortable, because you can't feel the logo.
There is a lot of venting on the C8, about 75% of the back is venting. this keeps you cool, but decreases the amount of space for names, numbers and logo. where the venting is attached to the solid area there is a line where it has been stiched together, i found this quite uncomfortable when leaning forward, and keeping my arms in, while holding my marker. this is because it is pulled tight as you move your arms forward, or lean forward. using a larger size jersey would solve this though, and you would probably get used to it after a while.
There is venting all up the side, which is good for air flow. there is also arm venting, which is a continuation of the side venting, it stops at the elbow pad. i found that the venting is always where my elbow is, rather than the pad, the venting has already taken some damage, and is likely to get a hole in it soon.
The venting is great when it is hot, but not so good in colder weather, especially around the arms when runnig, and when standing around.
the sleeves, are again too short due to the way they are attached to the main body. they pull back a lot when you move your arms forward, because the under arm area is too large, so it pulls the sleeves on smaller movements than an 06 DYE/Proto jersey. the sleeves are still a lot longer than the C7's, and will be long enough while just standing around. a larger jersey should solve this too (i use mediums, a large should be baggy enough to decrease the amount that the sleeves pull up).
The cuffs are elasticated, but they quite large, they don't hold the sleeve in place like the 06 jerseys, but they don't need to. the sleeves seem to hold themselves in position (other than being plled up slightly on smaller jerseys)when your arms are bent.
The thumb holes are quite good if you don't want to wear gloves, there is a pad on the back of the sleeve to protect your hand. you will need to get a larger jersey to be able to use these though, because the sleeves aren't long enough, and it pulls a lot on the back of the jersey.
The elbow pads are very thick, and offer good protection, on my jersey they seem to be in the wrong place though. this might just be on mine, i have not used a different one. the shoulder pads are quite thick too, and they look like they will provide a lot of protection, i haven't had any impacts on the shoulder to test them yet though.
very nice jersey, it is much better than the C7, but i prefer the C6. worth buying if you want a new jersey, but nothing special. i would recomend a larger size than you would normally get.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 at 1:30 pm PST