I've never really been a fan of DHB stuff. The first few items I tried from Wiggle's house brand were sufficiently ill-fitting to not make me want to go back. But time's a great healer and I here I am writing an emphatically positive review, about this DHB Lite-Fit short sleeve base layer.
With its comfort and performance properties, and coming in at a penny under £25 this top seems to represent solid value for money.
Classified as ultralight, it certainly just tickles the scales, and when on it's barely noticeable under a jersey or bib straps.
A lightweight polyester front, combined with a mesh rear, ensure that it's both fast-wicking and highly breathable. I've used it extensively out on the road and in the gym on Wattbike smashfests and its performed admirably, keeping me as fresh as could be expected. With its flat locked seams there's no chaffing or irritation, and all stitching has stayed in place after three months of solid use.
DHB says the fabric is treated with Polygiene permanent odour control, to keep the garment odour-free between wears, cutting down on washing and theoretically prolonging its life-span. Sounds good. Not sure I noticed it enough to make me want to wear it two days in a row though; it certainly wasn't active enough to allow my wife to let me keep it at the foot of the bed overnight.
At a sensible price and with excellent performance characteristics it's certainly gone some way to making me look at the DHB range again. Recommended.
Lightweight, high performing base layer; excellent value for money
road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Lite-Fit Short Sleeve Baselayer
Size tested: Small, White
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 lightweight base layer with solid wicking properties and an anti-odour treatment, ideally suited to warm weather and/or high tempo riding. Ticks the boxes nicely, maybe not enough on the anti-odour part (possibly just me)
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
It's been treated with Polygiene permanent odour control, to inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi on fabrics, meaning clothes can be worn several times before laundering, it's sased on natural silver salt made from recycled silver.
Everything stayed true and firm through months of use.
Wicking and supremely breathable with a mesh back.
A barely-there item; flat-locked seams ensured comfort was high throughout.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Spot on, comfortable on longer rides, fast wicking and quick drying.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The rear mesh helped keep my back suitably cool, much appreciated on hotter rides.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I'm not a big fan of logos under the neck, easily viewable when jerseys are open. This has that. Small point.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? For sure.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Good value, great performance, a solid addition for the wardrobe.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 176cm Weight:
I usually ride: Raleigh SP Race, Hoffman BMX My best bike is: Raleigh SP Race
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, Adventure-packing, crossing-countries