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Warm, windproof jacket for winter that's an absolute bargain, but check the collar width works for you
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549g
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dhb Windslam soft shell jacket
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A soft shell jacket for 70 quid? You’re suspicious… but you needn’t be. This new model in the dhb lineup is a high-quality option for keeping you warm in the winter, and it comes at an amazing price.

The Windslam is made from a 100% polyester fabric that’s pretty much windproof so the warmth from your body stays inside to provide the central heating. You get loads of stretch, especially widthwise, and the brushed fleece interior adds comfort and insulation. Drizzle and light showers bead up and roll off although you'll need to pack a waterproof too if there's any chance of persistent rain.

The cut is fairly slim but we found it roomy enough to get a base layer and jersey on underneath without any tightness. Plus, the fact that the fabric is stretchy means that even if the Windslam is close fitting it doesn’t feel restrictive. We’ve not had any issues with excess fabric flapping around in the breeze and have found the arms plenty long enough when stretching forward to the bars.

Our only criticism of the cut is that the very tall collar was a little loose on your skinny reviewer, even when used alongside a high-necked jersey. This is something we’ve found with DHB waterproofs in the past too. Slender types can always wear a Buff to stop draughts getting in but we’d rather they just lopped an inch or so off the collar width… although, we guess, then people who need a wider collar would just moan.

DHB say they go with the big neck because riders will wear all sorts of underlayers, not just slimline base layers, so they want to keep it free and unrestrictive. Tell you what, make up your own mind: the neck on our Large size measures 25.5cm across (so the circumference is 51cm/20in).

The full-length front zip – like all the others on this jacket, it’s a good-quality offering from YKK – comes with a baffle behind to stop the breeze getting through, while Velcro-adjusted cuffs and a drawstring around the waist allow you to fine-tune the airflow according to the conditions and the terrain. That makes a big difference to keeping the humidity down inside – little features like this provide better climate control than even the most advanced technical fabric.

The Windslam has a few other neat features too. The two zipped side pockets, for example, point backwards, so whatever you put in them hangs over your hips rather than getting in the way at the front. The rear pocket is zipped as well and it’s large enough for your keys, spare tube and whatnot, and you get a generous amount of reflective trim, both front and rear, to help you standout at night.

Unlike some cycling tops which use windproof panels on the front and standard panels around the back and on the tops of the arms – DHB’s Windslam Roubaix Jersey (£54.99), for example – the Windslam jacket is windproof throughout so it’s very warm. Although the fabric offers good breathability, we’ve found it too hot for autumn day rides and have so far used it only once the sun has gone down and the temperature has dropped. This might limit its versatility at warmer times of the year but we’ll be getting loads of use out of it during the winter.

Available in sizes S-XXL and in black only.

Verdict

Warm, windproof jacket for winter that's an absolute bargain, but check the collar width works for you

road.cc test report

Make and model: DHB Windslam soft shell jacket

Size tested: Black,large

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?

DHB say, "The softshell features the dhb Windslam breathable membrane. The barrier keeps the wind out, the warmth in, and keeps you breathing easy."

Fair enough. It is windproof and very warm, for cold autumn days and winter use only.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? The neck fit isn't quite right for me

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 39  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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G-bitch [321 posts] 5 years ago
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20" collar?! That's just ridiculous. I hate the idea of having to wear a buff or similar thing just to make up for a poor design - the draught would be awful without!

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amazon22 [248 posts] 5 years ago
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Have to agree, that collar looks absurd - it would stop me buying one - shame, because it looks a very nice piece of kit. Very similar in price and spec to my Endura Windchill which I really like. That’s got some nice pit zips and a chest pocket for phone/gps and comes in a safer colour red. That said this new season dhb stuff has seemed to up the design and material quality.

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Fish_n_Chips [435 posts] 5 years ago
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The product will satisfy other users e.g. stick a scarf in there etc and will probably tighten up with a cord I hope.

Winter riding - while black is cool' do they do yell or red?

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Mat Brett [614 posts] 5 years ago
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That's me in the pic and I'm pretty skinny, so the collar looks bigger than it would on some people – but it's still wide.

We've got a Gore Bike Wear soft shell here that, like the DHB, is a size L, and the neck is 44cm (17.3in) as opposed to 51cm (20.1 in). That feels about right to us... although it's considerably more expensive.

There's no neck cord on the DHB and it's available only in black, although the gilet version (£34.99) comes in red and blue as well.

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TheOldCog [113 posts] 5 years ago
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DHB have a bit of a history of getting the collar wrong on lots of garments - I speak from experience on this!

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cp [7 posts] 5 years ago
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the neck 'issue' sounds perfect for me - broad shoulders and a wide neck mean I'm usually choking with most slim-fit jackets/jerseys.

Sounds like I'd be well inclined to give this or the roubaix version with more ventilation a whirl  1