Designed as a waterproof winter road glove, Dhb’s Amberley is more accurately described as very very water resistant and continues the brand’s reputation for great value, nicely designed cycle clothing that delivers. The Amberley offers great protection without compromised dexterity for winter commuting or training rides and for most of us will more than do the job, but those fond of more extreme winter conditions: mountain bikers, off season crossers and rough stuff tourists will want even greater waterproofing protection.
There’s nothing particularly fancy about the Polyester/Nylon mix but the fit is spot on and is on par with more boutique brands. Crucial to the design's success are the waterproof membrane and extended cuffs that slide perfectly over those of a winter training jacket or jersey, keeping rain and chill firmly at bay. The slim-line thermal fleece lining provides a tactile, yet temperate inner climate that doesn’t bunch up or feel clammy during prolonged efforts in milder weather. Dexterity is pretty good too, allowing computers, lights and quick roadside adjustments to be completed without their removal, which can make all the difference on cold rides.
Leatherette palms look Spartan alongside the latest generation of Ulnar defending gel sections but to their credit, provide good damping from road vibration even with common or garden glossy bar wraps. These can be notoriously slippery in the wet but silicone reflective chevrons on the middle and index fingers inspire confidence-especially braking or changing gear.
Made from a reflective Scotchlite material means they’re great for acknowledging other riders and courteous drivers too. So to the water-repellence, well the material keeps even driving rain out for a couple of hours, they did fail the extreme test of rescuing an ejected bottle from a river which saw them waterlogged in 40 seconds flat. However, the long terry thumb wipe is perfect for runny noses and reflective detailing provides some welcome night time security, especially when signalling.
road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Amberley glove
Size tested: L
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 Amberley are a generic water proof winter glove with good comfort, dexterity and detailing at a very reasonable price.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
75% polyester, 15% nylon, &5% elastane mix. Water-proof PU membrane, slimline thermal lining, leatherette padded palms, relective detailing and silicone finger grips.
Does most things very well
100g pair (large)
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
There's no doubt the Amberley does most things very well, although it is better described as water-resistant rather than waterproof. However, this is only a consideration in the foulest of conditions. Dexterity and comfort are excellent with long cuffs sliding over jersey/training jackets keeping the elements firmly at bay.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Great fit, dexterity, comfort and styling.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)