DHB's ever expanding range has recently had the addition of this mid-weight, short sleeve seamless - we'll get to that in a minute - base layer. It's comfortable and effective.
This short sleeve, tight fitting top reminds me of riding in big mountains where you need to stay cool on the big climbs but have just a bit more warmth on the descents. But that doesn't mean you need big mountains for this base layer to be useful. Despite dhb's statement that it's "suitable for all seasons', this garment is not one for the very cold winter days, but rather for springtime or early morning rides that require more than one layer.
The material certainly transported sweat away very quickly. The anti odour treatment is also very welcome for rides that carry on a bit.
However, dhb's "seamless" claim is either very bold, or just not quite right. This base layer just isn't seamless. There are quite clear and obvious seams holding on both of the sleeves, running underneath the armpits. Now I didn't have a problem with seam-related irritation at all, which I am glad about, for there's nothing worse than an irritating seam next to my skin. But I must confess I did find it very odd that this apparently stitch-free top has two quite obvious seams.
And before you ask, yes I did check I have the right product in to test. It's on Wiggle, seams and all in the picture. Bizarre. I can only speculate that 'seamless' refers to the main body and not the whole garment.
Fit is a bit tight for size M I tested. I'm just over 6 foot and 70-odd kilos, and it was absolutely fine out on the road, tucked into my bibs. But if I was wearing mountain bike shorts without any straps it would ride up my back a little.
Price wise, 30 quid is probably towards the top end of what I would pay for a short sleeve base layer, but I wouldn't call it unreasonably expensive. You can currently get a pack of two for £48 and there's a women's version too.
Comfortable, well-fitted base layer that carries away your sweat and keeps you warm on chillier rides
road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Seamless Short Sleeve Baselayer
Size tested: Medium, Grey
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?
A mid-weight, high performing seamless short sleeve base layer with wicking properties and an anti-odour treatment. Suitable for all seasons and weather conditions.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Again from Wiggle:
Versatile and High Performing
The dhb Seamless Short Sleeve Base Layer is suitable for all types of activity. Functional knitted zones provide wicking, venting and increased stretch in the area's you need it most. This top also benefits from a Polygiene™ anti-odour treatment to prevent the build up of bacteria and a high level of moisture management which draws sweat away from the skin, keeping you feeling dryer and fresher.
Designed with the Athlete in Mind
The dhb Seamless range is featured in a supportive and ergonomic fit with a high level of stretch, sitting close to the body and allowing full freedom of movement. Minimal seams are designed to follow the natural contours of the shoulders for increase comfort and to reduce friction and chaffing when training.
The dhb Seamless Short Sleeve Base Layer has been designed to enhance your comfort while working-out and training, and is suitable for all types of physical activity in any season and weather conditions.
Comfortable and well put together. But not actually seamless.
Kept me warm when I needed to be, but never too hot.
As above, definitely towards the top end of what I would pay for a base layer.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Probably could have been a fiver less expensive. And it rode up a little bit when wearing baggy shorts on a mountain bike. And it actually did have two seams.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Probably.
About the tester
Age: 21 Height: 182cm Weight: 73kg
I usually ride: On-One Carbon Whippet Single Speed MTB/Kinesis Pro6 My best bike is: Scott CR1 Pro
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,