ASV is Dhb's professional range in terms of cut and materials. Its ASV Windslam Roubaix Long Sleeve jersey offers warmth, comfort, plus wind and water repellent properties all in a close-fitting aerodynamic cut. It's an impressive price too.
Dhb – Wiggle's in-house clothing brand – has been around for a fair few years, and has a reputation for quality kit at affordable prices. As it has advanced into the more technology based apparel, using branded materials and fabrics, that ethos of good value and quality has remained. That's why you see here a jersey with a Windtex membrane and Roubaix fleece material for just £70 (at the time of writing it's actually £42).
Windtex is used by quite a few manufacturers on their winter jackets and jerseys as a way to keep out the elements while maintaining breathability. The fabric itself is created by using a special multi-layered weave rather than a more traditional 'sandwich' effect of placing layers on top of layers. This makes Windtex surprisingly light and thin considering its capabilities. It's also hugely stretchy, making it ideal for a close-fitting jersey for instance.
It's a warm jersey, too: the fleece-lined Roubaix material traps body heat keeping you toasty inside and certainly makes the ASV ideal for when the temperatures drop below freezing. It's been mild so far this winter and even at 5°C I've been using the jersey with just a short-sleeved summer baselayer beneath.
Breathability is pretty good, but if you do push on a bit it can get a little overwhelmed though you barely notice it until you stop. And if you do get damp you stay warm thanks to that fleece material.
A cold wind doesn't get through the Windtex fabric at all, so windchill factor is never really a consideration. A high, fleece lined neck keeps the draughts out, as do elasticated sleeves.
The Windtex also does a decent job at keeping the rain out. It's not waterproof by any stretch of the imagination, but light rain and drizzle are kept at bay.
The fit, as I've mentioned, is closely cut for aerodynamics and Wiggle actually recommends going up a size if you are quite muscular. I'm not, so the medium was fine for me, and it's the size I would normally buy. (It's not me in the photos, by the way.)
It may be cut narrow but the ASV Windslam is perfect in terms of the length of the body and the arms. The tail, as is the norm, is dropped by a couple of inches to cover your lower back when in the riding position, and the sleeves give full coverage even when you're stretched out, so the cuffs will stay inside your gloves when you're in the drops.
The hem uses a silicone gripper to keep it in place and it works well – it doesn't tend to move up at all.
Storage-wise you get the traditional three pockets along the lower back with an extra fourth zipped one big enough for a debit card or an mp3 player (it has an opening for headphones inside the pocket). This pocket is lined as well for a bit of water resistance, as is the main one behind it, ideal for a phone.
There are three colours to choose from, and although predominantly black they come with some bright highlights. The orange here is borderline high-vis so helps make you stand out a bit on gloomy mornings. You can also choose from blue or red.
Overall it is a great thermal jersey for cold days. It's well made and the fabrics feel hardwearing and comfortable against the skin, plus you really can't sniff at the price. Seventy quid is still quite a bit of money for a jersey, but against its opposition I'd say it offers serious value. It's also discounted to £42 at the moment.
A brilliant long-sleeve race jersey for a dry and cold winter offering excellent value for money
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Dhb ASV Windslam Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium, Black/Orange
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 says: "Developed with pro team cyclists, dhb ASV Professional is highly technical kit designed for intensive efforts and speed.
"The new autumn/winter range is an expansion of our highly successful summer collection: this is kit to keep elite level riders and racers on the road all year round, regardless of weather conditions. For top cyclists, the season begins with winter training, long before the first race of spring. ASV Professional is kit for those long days out in challenging conditions, where races are really won and lost."
The ASV Windslam is a race cut jersey for the winter and it feels great when on the bike.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Italian Roubaix fabric for winter use
WINDTEX® membrane - water + wind repellent
High rise collar with internal fleece lining
Stretch back panel allows form fit and comfort
Elasticated armholes keep incoming chills out
Reflective rear detailing
Anthracite reflective logos front chest and rear
3 x vertical drop pockets at rear
1 x zip pocket
Signature ASV graphics
Very well made and a nice choice of materials.
Does exactly what you expect: keeps you warm when it's cold, especially against those chilly winds.
A close cut but with added elasticity in the back panels to enable movement and comfort on the bike.
Dhb recommends sizing up if you have a muscular upper body but on the whole the medium came in exactly as expected.
The Windtex material allows a lightweight jersey to be made; it certainly doesn't feel heavy or bulky when on.
Soft materials and a well cut shape make for plenty of rider comfort.
Seventy quid is impressive for this kind of quality and performance. The design looks pretty classy too.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
It's the usual stuff, no softeners, don't iron or tumble dry. I just bunged it in with the rest of my kit on a 30°C wash and everything came up clean even after a couple of mudguard-less jaunts.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Impressively warm considering how lightweight the fabric is.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The overall performance for the price.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
As usual it could really do with some added reflectives for night use.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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The Dhb ASV Windslam is a solid piece of kit: good performance and great build quality at a sensible price. It may not be overly flash, but it lets you get on with the job in hand.
About the tester
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Mason Definition
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.