dhb Classic Women’s Windproof Gilet

 

The dhb Classic Women's Windproof Gilet is a no frills piece of kit that functions superbly for a fraction of the cost of some of the up market equivalents.

 

dhb Classic Women's Windproof Gilet

 

dhb have ticked all the boxes and then gone above and beyond with their Classic Women's Windproof Gilet.  There is a windproof front section, which keeps the chill off in colder weather or on a descent, while the rear mesh panel gives great ventilation to counteract any build-up of heat or perspiration.

 

And while it might be great value, the Classic Women's Windproof gilet it is not without some thoughtful features; the full length front zip, for example, has a wind flap behind it that works well to help keep air from getting to your core, even when flying downhill, and there is a nice little port at the top to tuck the zip pull into, thereby preventing any rubbing of the zip on the neck.

 

And dhb have gone above and beyond most other gilets we have tested by adding two rear pockets.  Of course, unless you start the ride with the gilet on, it is likely that any food and tools will be carried in your jersey pockets, but as winter approaches the reality is that you will be starting rides with a gilet as the outer layer and in those circumstances, having somewhere to pack food that is readily available, without having to reach under layers to get to a jersey pocket, is a real plus.

 

The gilet is available in two different colour combinations; predominantly white with a turquoise strip across the chest, or predominantly navy with a pink strip.  We liked the understated retro style of both and found them very attractive.  The gilet features two reflective tabs, which are effective, although minimal.  A reflective dhb logo appears on the rear too and it is worth mentioning that the white version (which we tested) gave improved visibility when worn over dark kit.

 

We found the gilet to be generous in its sizing.  We tested a 10 and it easily fitted over a thick winter jersey – essential for any gilet.  It is nicely long in the body too which, in combination with the elasticated taped hem, meant that the lower torso and back were fully covered and stayed so during rides.  The high neck prevented cold air from getting in at this point and it all packs away to easily fit into a jersey pocket.

 

The dhb Classic Women's Windproof Gilet is perfect for autumn rides when the weather can be changeable and you need an extra layer over your core. 

 

A well thought out wardrobe essential at a price that is almost too good to be true – so if you are looking for a functional and stylish gilet that won’t break the bank this is the one for you.

 

Size: 8-16

Colour: White/Turquoise or Navy/Pink

Price: £35.00

Website: www.wiggle.co.uk dhb classic womens windproof gilet

 

Performance: 8/10

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by Emma Silversides

 

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