Dealing with the rain when cycling isn’t easy, but clothing manufacturers have been working hard over the past handful of years to produce clothing that makes it easier to keep dry (and in the process providing fewer excuses to cancel the ride) and the latest is dhb’s new Aeron Rain Defence range.
The Aeron Rain Defence range comprises a short sleeve jersey, bib shorts, arm, knee and leg warmers, aimed to provide the flexibility you need to deal with mild and wet weather at this time of year. dhb tells us it has used mid-weight fabrics with double panels in key areas for extra protection, and it’s designed to deal with high-intensity riding, so ideal for racers then.
This sort of lightweight and breathable waterproof clothing for performance cycling has become hugely popular ever since Castelli's Gabba hit the headlines a few years ago, and most clothing brands are now keen to offer something similar. Why the Gabba appealed is down to its close and aero fit, and mostly waterproof but highly breathable fabric, that works well when riding at a decent tempo.
So it's clear where the inspiration for the dhb Aeron Rain Defence Short Sleeve Jersey (£95) comes from, and that's no bad thing. It’s made from a mid-weight waterproof fabric that dhb claims is waterproof and highly breathable, and it’s constructed with non-taped seams, vents in the back panel and a full-length front zipper, all of which should help it deal with temperature fluctuations.
Features include a rear ‘Storm Guard’ to deal with spray from the rear wheel and lots of reflective details for when it clouds over of late evening chain gangs. The three pockets are protected by their own storm guard. There’s also a zipped pocket for valuables.
Pair the jersey with the Aeron Rain Defence Bib Shorts (£75) for a full outfit. They feature a CyTech Elastic Interface Comp HP padded insert which is claimed to be a good choice for long distance cycling. The main body of the shorts is made from a breathable and waterproof fabric, of a mid-weight, that is designed to avoid overheating. The shorts have minimal seams to boost comfort and there are rear mesh panels to aid ventilation.
Both jerseys and bib shorts are available for men and women in a choice of colours (but mainly just black) and range of sizes.
Finally, dhb has also released matching knee, arm and leg warmers. They’re made from the same mid-weight waterproof fabric for the front-facing panels, and a stretchier and more breathable fabric is used at the back to prevent overheating. The knee warmers cost £25, the arm warmers are £25 and lastly the leg warmers are £30.
dhb clothing has always impressed, with its combination of good design, well thought out features and always with a keen price. Mat was very impressed with the Aeron bib shorts he tested a few years ago, and we’ll be interested to see how the Rain Defence clothing stacks up - we’ll be getting some in to review soon.
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.