dhb Aeron Winter Clothing
dhb Aeron Winter Clothing
New in from Wiggle is the new dhb Aeron winter range.
As autumn finally arrives, temperatures dropping and wind speed increasing, it’s time to break out the winter gear. I actually look forward to this time of year, falling leaves and chilly winds make for some beautiful rides. It can also provide a challenge in the clothing department, what does one wear when the weather is doing it’s best to keep you at home in front of the telly? The new, expanded dhb Aeron clothing range looks to have most weather conditions covered.
dhb Aeron is from their Performance range and is aimed at the enthusiast rider – sounds like me. The Aeron range started out as a single item, bib shorts and has grown to include all a cyclist needs, clothing wise. Based in the south-east of England, where they do a lot of their testing around my home county Sussex, dhb use all the latest materials and construction methods to produce high quality kit at sensible prices. I reviewed their Spring/Summer Blok kit over the summer and was impressed with its fit and ease of care and will be expecting more of the same.
First item is the Full Protection Softshell jacket. This jacket is aimed at those cold, wet and windy days where you have to get out, but the weather is at its foulest. Offering wind and shower protection, the brushed inside is soft and fleecy, should offer bags of warmth. A hidden rear vent just below the shoulders is designed to shift some of that excess heat you’ll generating and stop the boil-in-the-bag effect.
An extended drop tail – which has a wide, textured gripper band – should help keep some of that road spray at bay, good for those of us who haven’t fitted mudguards yet! There are three rear pockets, one of which has a water-proof lining and a smaller zipped security pocket, which offer plenty of cargo space.
Cuffs on the sleeve are snug enough to keep draughts at bay, but don’t feel like they’ll cut off your blood supply. A full length zipper with a decent sized grip, is backed with a flap to keep the rain from getting in. A reflective band on the pockets, combined with the eye-popping yellow will make it hard to miss on dreary winter rides.
Next up is the Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey, this mid-weight item is designed to be an essential that will see you all the way through the winter. Soft fleecy material is mixed with panels of a lighter fabric down the middle of the back, the sides and under the arms that should help prevent over heating. Combine the jersey with a wind-proof or gilet when the temperature drops and you should be good to ride in all conditions.
The Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey has the same drop tail and full length, guarded zip as the Full Protection Softshell jacket. The three rear pockets include a central pocket that has a water-proof lining and an extra zipped pocket. The sleeve cuffs have the same soft draught-proof ends and reflective piping on the front and back.
Moving on down we have the Roubaix Bib Tight, according to dhb these are a new improved version of their Vaeon Pro Roubaix Bib tight. Available with or without braces and as a 3/4 bib tight, I’ve gone for the full length, bib version. As the name implies the Roubaix Bib Tight has the same soft, brushed finish on the inside, with a lighter perforated material on the middle of the bib to help keep sweaty back at bay.
Zipped ankle closures with elastic ends and silicone grippers should help keep them in place and aren’t as annoying as foot loops. The insert is the impressively padded and named ‘Tour Air’ Cytech Elastic Interface seat pad. The dual density foam padding is intended to give you varied pressure relief on long rides, perfect for those long “getting the miles in” rides that we aren’t meant to do anymore, in these days of scientific, time crunched training.
Finally we have a pair of dhb Aeron Winter Merino Socks. I freely admit to being a bit of a winter sock fetishist. I can ride without gloves for most of the year, but as soon as winter arrives, my little piggies start to protest, so I’m hoping a little Merino wool might go some way to combating their distress this winter. The dhb Aeron Winter Merino Sock mixes 55% Merino wool with Nylon and Spandex, which should hopefully provide a winter busting sock.
dhb’s Aeron range is available in male and female specific cuts, so everyone gets a chance to wear good quality, well-fitting kit. Now that I’m fully prepared to deal with anything the winter throws at me, it’s time to hit the road, no excuses!
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