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Considering how thin and lightweight it is, the dhb Aeron Equinox Thermal Jersey does a very impressive job of keeping you warm and its lack of bulk means it's great for layering when autumn gives way to winter. It's also great quality and decent value too.
With the temperature nudging 8°C outside I really wasn't sure how I was going to stay warm with just the dhb jersey and a long sleeve lightweight baselayer on. The fabric is really lightweight and although dhb claims a working temperature range of 6°C to 16°C, I wasn't convinced.
However, the first couple of miles were chilly, as it should be when you first start out, but once I'd got the blood pumping, the temperature of the dhb was absolutely spot on.
The main body of the Equinox is a brushed polyester and that finish seems to trap just enough body heat to keep you warm while also being impressively breathable. I was toasty, but even when working hard I didn't build up a sweat unless I was really attacking the hills or sprinting. Those few times I worked hard enough to build up a bit of sweat it was soon transferred away without the jersey left feeling wet or cold against the baselayer.
Being so thin and breathable means the Equinox isn't going to be restricted to just autumn or spring use as it'll easily fit under a jacket as part of a layering system when temperatures start to dip below freezing.
The sleeves use a slightly different fabric with a closer knit to add a bit of wind resistance, and on the inside next to the skin the fabric has a 'peach-like' texture to it for warmth – dhb's words, not mine.
The sleeves are a good length, too, being long enough to tuck in under the cuffs of gloves, and the rest of the jersey follows suit.
The Equinox range uses dhb's performance fit which means it's designed to sit close to the body without being restrictive. It's really well cut, shaped in a way that it works when you are on the bike so there isn't any bunching up of material when you are crouched over in the saddle.
The tail is nicely dropped to keep your lower back covered and the front arches up towards the central full-length zip, which stops any rucking of the material there.
The zip itself runs smoothly and the large plastic tab is easy to operate with chunky gloves on. At the top there is a handy zip garage to stop irritation of the neck.
Around the back you'll find four pockets, three in a traditional style with the right hand one having an extra zipped valuables pocket on the outside, with a water-resistant liner between the two.
The depth of all the pockets is good – they'll swallow pretty much everything you'll need on a ride easily, and without any sag.
A neat touch is the reflective strip along the top of the pockets, plus there is another section at the bottom of the middle pocket for a little bit of extra visibility. The rear dhb logo is also reflective and you get a couple of strips on each arm.
The overall quality is top notch. The stitching is pretty much faultless throughout; the whole jersey is neat and tidy and excellently finished.
With a list price of £75 you really can't knock it for value either. The Sportful Moire Thermal Jersey, for instance, will set you back around £90.
There is some tough opposition out there, though, especially from brands like Decathlon's Triban. Some of its jerseys we've tested lately such as the RC 500 Long Sleeve Jersey at £35 or the RC 100 at just £19.99 are really good.
The dhb's performance is very good too, though, and it's a quality piece of kit so I still stand by its score higher than average on value for money.
Overall, with the right amount of layering, the Aeron Equinox Thermal jersey will easily work across three seasons and will be an excellent addition to your cycling wardrobe.
Great jersey for keeping you warm on its own or as part of a layering system
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road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Aeron Equinox Thermal Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
dhb says, "Is this the most versatile jersey out there? This lightweight yet protective long sleeve jersey from dhb is designed to keep you comfortable in autumn, spring and early winter conditions. The perfect layer at the centre of your cycling kit."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Premium Fabric Technology
Based on extensive testing, dhb have combined two premium Italian fabrics. The main body is a lightweight polyester. Slightly brushed to trap some warmth, this is extremely breathable too allowing moisture and excess heat to escape. Temperature can vary a lot throughout an autumn or spring ride. This fabric works hard to keep you focused on the ride, not replotting the quickest route home.
The arms are made from a tight-knit fabric, picked for its wind resistant properties without the need for a membrane that traps moisture build-up. This fabric also has a peach-like texture on the inside, for great next to skin comfort and a touch of added warmth.
The Equinox Jersey has a performance fit, designed to sit close to the body but without being too restrictive. The body is built from a performance stretch fabric to ensure this comfortable and supportive fit, and to prevent any flapping to slow you down.
Like all dhb jerseys, it's the finishing touches that really make this jersey tick all the boxes. A full-length zip allows an extra venting option on the move. Carefully considered reflectives on the rear and arms of the jersey are there to catch a headlight when riding on shorter days in low light conditions. 4 pockets including a zip make this a real all day jersey.
dhb's sizing always seems pretty realistic, and I had no issues whatsoever.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No problems with washing at all. It didn't shrink and came up clean after each wash.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Great at keeping the cold out in autumn temperatures.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Surprisingly warm considering how thin the fabrics are.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I couldn't really find anything to majorly dislike.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
The dhb sits somewhere in the middle of the price range. You have brands like Sportful or Morvelo charging more, but others like Lusso or Triban being a little cheaper.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A quality garment throughout and one that works very well in a whole range of temperatures. It's a decent price too, although there is some tough competition out there.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 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
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!