Ok, it’s tipping it down outside and the mercury is struggling to get into double digits, but warmer weather isn’t far away! Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a warm weather training camp planned, or just want to get your wardrobe ready? Whatever the reason, take a look at the 2017 dhb Aeron Speed jersey and shorts.
I’ve reviewed a lot of dhb clothing and have always been impressed with it’s quality and performance. Their Aeron Winter and Rain Defence clothing showed just how far they have come in the last decade. Starting with their bib shorts, the clothing has grown into a high-tech, high-spec brand, with products at all price ranges.
The new Spring/Summer Aeron Speed bib-shorts and short-sleeved jersey have been “reworked and refined for 2017” according to dhb. I tried out their Blok jersey and bib shorts – which sits just under Aeron in the dhb range – last year. I’ll be interested to see how the higher quality Aeron clothing performs as I thought the Blok was very good,
Aeron is a performance based range of clothing, so expect closer fits and higher spec materials. As with much of dhb’s clothing the Aeron Speed jersey and bib-shorts comes in men’s and women’s cut. Nice to see that both sexes get a choice of ranges and designs.
The Aeron Speed short-sleeved jersey takes much of it’s design from their range topping ASV race jersey. It’s cut for a “lean cyclist physique”! And they go on to recommend that “if you have a more muscular build you may need to size up to achieve an optimum fit”. A polite way of saying have you looked at the bathroom scales recently? An aero-cut is great for fast riding and racing, flapping excess material is robbing vital seconds from your time and nobody wants that.
dhb use Hydrofit technology to produce a material that “accelerates moisture management to transfer sweat away from the skin and provide optimum temperature regulation”. This should produce a jersey that keeps you dry and cool when working hard under the summer sun, nice. It also contains an antibacterial treatment that should prevent any nasty niffs developing over time.
Keeping the aero theme, the sleeves on this short-sleeved jersey are cut long, very à la mode! You’ll have seem this on most pro team jerseys in the bid to save precious seconds. Silicone grippers at the sleeves and hem help keep everything flat and wrinkle free. Three pockets – one with an internal hole for cable routing – on the rear mean plenty of storage. An extra zipped security pocket sits on the right for you tea money.
Front and back panels on this lightweight (120g) jersey offer UPF 30+ sun protection. Some of the jersey is mesh though and dhb recommend using sun cream on these areas. A full length YKK zip makes it easy to achieve that sweaty pro riding up the mountain look, even if you’re only riding up your local berg!
Apparently the Aeron Speed bib shorts are dhb’s most technical short to date, so a lot to live up to! Made from Revolutional® Energy fabric with Coldblack® finishing and with a CyTech Comp HP chamois, it promises much. The Revolutional® Energy fabric offers a high compression rate, great for your muscles and gives a better fit. It is also highly breathable, good for hot weather rides and long Alpine descents; you don’t want cold cramped legs on those sweeping down-hills.
A Coldblack® finish is added to the shorts, this reduces the absorbtion of heat rays in dark fabrics. You’ll appreciate it come those long Summer rides! The CyTech Comp HP chamois I’ve ridden before and found it to be very comfortable, so there’ll be no complaints there. Lay flat straps and a mesh back will help keep you back sweat free and avoid any bunching. Silicone particle grippers should keep the shorts in place without leaving tram lines on your thighs. The women’s shorts use a halter neck design to allow for mid-ride ‘comfort breaks’.
The dhb brand keeps getting better and better and is well worth a look. We hope to be reviewing it somewhere warm soon(!) and will report back once we’ve given it a good test in the Spanish sun.
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