The dhb Professional ASV Thermal Gilet is a seriously warm gilet for cold weather riding

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Pros:

  • Very warm
  • Great fit
  • Comfortable
  • Excellent value

Cons:

  • Colourscheme will divide opinion

Product:

dhb Professional ASV Thermal Gilet

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£54.99
This product is featured in: 9 best cycling gilets 2017: a buyer’s guide.

Part of their new top-end range of performance clothing, this new dhb Thermal Gilet is a seriously warm piece of kit that will keep the shivers at bay while not leaving a dent in your bank balance. We loved the bibshorts and long sleeve jersey  from the range, so were looking forward to putting this gilet to the test.

At the heart of the gilet is the thermal, fleece-lined fabric which does an excellent job of keeping the winter wind out and your hard-earned body heat in. Obviously if you’re looking to stick with this gilet through the depths of winter then you’ll need to pair it with some decent layers underneath, but such is the warmth of this gilet, you won’t need much.

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The fleece-lined collar is snug and warm

One of the problems with cheaper models is loose fitting collars and arm holes, letting in all the cold air which the main body of gilet aims to keep out. Thankfully this is not the case with the dhb Thermal Gilet: the collar fits snugly and is comfortable thanks to the fleece lining, while the arm holes are slightly elasticated meaning they should fit well over whatever piece of clothing you wear underneath.

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Three rear pockets provide a good amount of storage space for phones, energy bars etc. and have big enough openings to make them easy to access even in bulky winter gloves. The main zipper is also easy enough to open and close thanks to the reasonably large toggle, meaning no problems struggling to pull down the zip as you work up a sweat on a climb.

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Three rear pockets offer good storage space, but the colourscheme may divide opinion

The only possible issue with the dhb Thermal Gilet is the colourscheme, which is striking to say the least. The striped grey main body of the gilet remains the same while you choose either red, yellow, or blue for the side panels and accents, a look which will go well with other pieces in the dhb Professional range, but perhaps not with the rest of your cycling wardrobe.

However, with a very reasonable price-tag that’s only a smidgen over £50, and the great performance we’ve come to associate with the dhb Professional range, sartorial elegance can be a secondary concern.

Verdict

The dhb Professional ASV Thermal Gilet is a great gilet for when the mercury drops and you need that extra layer to keep the cold at bay. The snug fit does a good job trapping warmth while comfortably fitting over other clothing. A striking design may divide opinion, but at £54.99 we’re not complaining.

Details

Sizes Available:XS-2XL
Colours Available:Red, Blue, Yellow
Contact:www.wiggle.co.uk
  • Chris

    Hear hear! What is wrong with bright red?

  • Woodsie

    Yet more kit in crap black, come on manufacturers it’s time to brighten things up a bit. I will not ride the UK roads in black, period.