Fat Lad At The Back Bobby Dazzler jersey review

Fat Lad At The Back was set up to make cycle clothing which fits people without a racing snake figure. The brand majors on its Yorkshire roots and sense of humour. We've tested its Bobby Dazzler short sleeved jersey.

(Image credit: mike prior)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A quality jersey sized for the fuller-figured cyclist

Reasons to buy
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    Generous fit

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    Comfortably airy

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    Good reflectives

Reasons to avoid
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    May be too generous for some

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    Limited opportunity to try before you buy

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Fat Lad At The Back (alias FLAB) is based in Yorkshire and produces cycle clothing in larger sizes and with a bit more room in it, designed for the classic MAMIL shape. It was started in 2013, when its founder Richard Bye realised that there was a market for cycling clothing designed for men who were not racing snakes. The company started off with a range of kit designed to fit 44 inch chests and 38 inch waists and made in Italy. Over time, the company’s range has grown to include women’s kit and even larger men’s kit too, up to 58 inch chest size.

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Despite not being a racing snake, I certainly found there was plenty of extra room in the Bobby Dazzler. Its loose fit meant that there was a bit of windflap, but nothing too obtrusive and there was plenty of room around the shoulders and upper arms. All the jersey’s seams are flatlocked and there’s a full-length zipper with a good sized, robust puller and a fourth zipped rear pocket.

Rear of the jersey features Fat Lad's logo, four pockets and the reflective sleeves

Rear of the jersey features Fat Lad's logo, four pockets and the reflective sleeves
(Image credit: mike prior)

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The fabric is quite airy and the colours very bright, but the Bobby Dazzler’s piece de resistance doesn’t show up until the sun goes down. The sleeves and shoulders are made of a pixelated fabric which reflects car headlights to let drivers know you’re there.

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Fat Lad also makes a long sleeved version of the Bobby Dazzler, with the entire arm being made of the reflective fabric, so you will light up like a Christmas tree during the cooler months.

Visit the Fat Lad At The Back website (opens in new tab) for more details.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.