DHB's Windslam jersey is, as the name suggests, a windproof jersey designed to be worn either on its own or as part of a winter layering system.
The key to keeping the breeze out is the polyurethane membrane added to the front panel by sandwiching it in between layers of the polyester fabric. It also provides a pretty decent water resistant barrier against road spray and drizzle with the water beading and sitting on the surface. The rear neck section also uses the membrane to keep the wind whipping over your shoulders from giving your upper back a chill.
The rest of the jersey is made from 100% polyester which is very breathable so it's not like the membrane makes the Windslam a boil in the bag affair. Hold the jersey up to the light and you can see the knit is quite wide, almost a kind of mesh to let the hot air and sweat wick away.
The fit is close. DHB call it 'Performance' as opposed to their more race orientated 'Form' fit. It's a flattering cut that has a decent amount of stretch in the material to move with you and the size guide on Wiggle's website is bang on, with the medium fitting me perfectly.
A dropped tail means your lower back remains covered when in the saddle and there are three good depth pockets in the usual place. The material is taut across the top of them so anything you put in there is staying put even when you're in a racing crouch. You also get an additional zipped pocket for anything valuable.
Head out for a ride when the ground is covered in frost and you notice the membrane doing its job straight away. While the rest of your body is still warming up your chest and stomach feel snug especially pleasant if you're heading straight out into a headwind.
One thing worth mentioning is the low neck, especially at the front. On really chilly days I found a Buff or collar was needed to keep your throat warm. It does however mean that there is no zip digging into your chin should you get into a stem kissing position.
The real beauty of the Windslam is how thin the material is, making it ideal for layering beneath a waterproof jersey or softshell without feeling like you've got loads of clothing on. The wicking works well even when used under other layers and you've got to be really putting the effort in to overwhelm it. Even if you do overcook it dries very quickly once you ease off the gas.
For night use there is some 3M reflective detailing on the chest, forearm and back which provides enough to get you noticed and to help you stand out in daylight the DHB comes in Red/Black, White/Black and Blue/Black.
Overall the Windslam is a hugely versatile jersey that can be used for at least three seasons of the year and would even be ideal early morning or late evening in the summer. The quality is really good with tidy stitching and neat details.
When you take the price of £47.99 into account the Windslam is exceptional value for money. The tailored fit and material quality makes it look and feel much more expensive than it really is.
Versatile year round windproof jersey, highly breathable and amazing value for money.
road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Windslam Long Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium, Blue/Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Windslam jersey is designed for winter/autumn use either on its own as a windproof or as part of a layering systam on really cold days. The thin fabric works well individually and means layering is comfortable without too much bulk.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Lightweight breathable wicking polyester jersey back, body and sleeves
*Wind resistant membrane on front panel
*Full length, lock down zip
*Hi-visibility 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective detailing on chest, forearm and back
*3 vertical pockets
*Zipped pocket for valuables
*Internal chin guard
*Internal elasticated silicone gripper on hem
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really well, it does a good job of keeping the cold wind off of your internal organs and wicks sweat away impressively.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I'd like a higher neck at the front.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and its versatility.
About the tester
Age: 35 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course! My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.