When I realised that I would be checking out the dhb active waterproof jacket I was fairly certain that I wouldn’t be disappointed. dhb have a good reputation as a company that produce reasonably priced, well made and hard wearing cycling gear (I already own a pair of their winter bib tights) and a quick scan of the hardy souls waiting to go out on the weekly club run on a murky and damp late November morning being proof of that – judging by the number of dhb logos on show!
The first thing I noticed was the comfortable fit, I had the ‘XL’ sized one, being six foot plus and tipping the scales at around the fourteen stone mark, I found it to be just right.
I probably only needed a single layer underneath though because after a few miles in the saddle I did get a little warm, however simply dropping the zip a little helped cool me down.
Riding through the odd shower proved no problem as the lightweight, 100% polyester construction of the garment kept me dry as promised, with the dropped tail covering my lower back nicely.
Considering the very reasonable price the silicone waist gripper and adjustable Velcro cuffs are a nice touch, as is the the good quality YKK zip that is used.
I found the wind-stop qualities first class as well, doing an excellent job of keeping those chilly winter blasts at bay.
Whilst not being ‘hi viz’, the jacket does have reflective piping on the front and back, and another useful element is that it folds down small enough to fit into a jersey pocket or saddle bag (it even has its own internal self-stowage pocket).
In summary I would say that the dhb active waterproof jacket is well worth considering for the daily commute or for getting out for a leisurely pedal – especially when it’s chilly and the weather man is predicting showers ahead.