Winter is a difficult time to dress for. Layer too lightly and you will find yourself struggling to stay warm, overdress and you can just as easily overheat. One of the things I’ve learnt over the years is that you can never have too many autumn/winter/spring options in your wardrobe to tackle the UK’s ever changing conditions!
Thanks to the great guys at Wheelsuckers and Wiggle, I was recently sent dhb’s top line ASV Professional Roubaix long sleeve jersey and bib tights to test through the dark and stormy winter months.
With the aid of the online size guide and a tape measure, I chose a small jersey and medium bibs. Wiggle do state that this is their "performance" range, with a much tighter/closer fit than their other two tiers. They weren’t lying. The bibs were a perfect fit to my whippet-like frame, giving good length in the leg to keep the ankles protected and a comfortable span across the shoulders.
The chamois pad is dhb’s top tier and never had me shifting around in my seat. While not quite as comfortable as other high end pads, it certainly holds its own and for the price it is almost unmatched. My behind was untroubled on regular hour-long commutes and weekend three hour club rides. Anything more though and I deferred to a more “premium” brand in my wardrobe.
To keep you warm the tights are made with “premium Italian Roubaix fabrics” although according to the label they are made in Bosnia Herzegovina (make of that what you will).
The small sized jersey came up a little tight on me. It’s a bit of a stretch to wear a thick winter base layer underneath. A short sleeve base layer was fine, but the jersey material a little “scratchy” against the skin. When standing upright, I found the jersey a little tight across the shoulders, but when crouched low over the bars the cut of the top was ideal. In hindsight I probably should have ordered a medium. Let’s just hope I don’t pile on too much weight in the future.
I tested this combo through temperature ranges of -2 up to 12 degrees C, usually paired with a long sleeve base layer. I found it worked best at the bottom end of that temperature range. Cooling was aided by mesh inserts behind the rear pockets, but anything over 8 degrees and I found myself overheating! The three ample sized and easily accessible rear pockets plus a fourth zippered pocket were perfect for winter essentials and plenty of ride fuel.
Aesthetically I wasn't a fan of the block colours on first sight but the look grew on me over time. My wife on the other hand (who is much more style savvy than I) thought the jersey/bib combo was very smart! The look is quite understated and should appeal to those not wanting to be a walking billboard, no flashy logos or branding here. Subtle reflective details are also a bonus for those dark winter rides.
Overall I was very impressed with the kit, as I have been with dhb kit in the past. Even their top tier performance range represents incredible value for money. Sure, the performance and comfort isn’t quite up there with some more recognisable brands, but neither is the price tag! Being lucky enough to already own some high end branded kit I usually ended up choosing to use the dhb gear for my commutes rather than longer weekend rides, but I have no doubts that anyone purchasing the ASV Professional range will be more than happy with it! From a performance per £ standpoint, you can't go wrong!
Performance – 70%
Styling – 65%
Comfort – 70%
Features – 70%
Value for Money – 90%
Overall – 73%
The dhb ASV Professional long sleeve jersey and bib tights are available exclusively through Wiggle online for £42 and £56 respectively (prices correct at time of publishing).
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