The Vangard Windflex base layer isn't just your average base layer in that it includes a wind stopping panel across the chest. It's an unusual feature although it's not unique; we've just reviewed the competition in the form of Craft's impressive Extreme WS. So how does the Vangard perform?
This dhb Merino Roundneck base layer is very good indeed for most types of cold-weather riding.
I've been testing the short-sleeve round-neck version. Other merino options from dhb include versions with long sleeves and with long sleeves and a high, zipped neck. The vests are also available in two fabric thicknesses (M 150 and M 190, the numbers refer to the fabric's weight in grams per square metre), and in men's and women's cuts. Oh yeah, and they come in a range of colours too.
This extremely comfy Sportwool base layer comes at an incredibly affordable price. The particular variety of Sportwool used here is a lightweight mix that’s 39% merino wool and 61% polyester. As with all Sportwool, you get the wool on the inner face next to your skin, and the tougher polyester on the outside for extra durability.
DHB have completely overhauled their clothing range for winter 2011, essentially going back and designing a whole line-up of new products that includes several superfine merino wool base layers.