A good first incarnation of dhb's rain defence range that will see you right in the Autumn and Spring. With plenty of room for improvement from a brand that is constantly bettering its offering, I expect the second generation dhb Aeron Rain Defence arm warmers to be even better
Fair level of water resistance
Keep you warm even when wet
They can bunch up around the elbow
The breathability/waterproofing balance could be better
The dhb Aeron Rain Defence arm warmers form part of a range that includes jersey, shorts, leg-warmers and knee-warmers.
Despite them all being billed as ‘rain defence’ and seemingly made from the same materials, the performance varies quite a lot between garments.
Thankfully the arm warmers are near the top of the range (the jersey is the best), and they perform pretty well.
Dress for the changeable conditions
When riding hard or if the sun comes out, they can start to feel a bit clammy though. The arm warmers are only showerproof: it would be good if they were either more breathable or more waterproof, as at the moment the balance isn’t quite right.
When the heavens do open, your arms soon get wet but they do stay warm, which is often good enough.
The dhb Aeron Rain Defence arm warmers are plenty long enough so there’s no risk of getting the dreaded arm warmer/jersey skin gaps.
In fact to some people’s preference they might even be too long. When pulled up from wrist to armpit, the material can bunch up around the elbow.
Buyer's guides to warmers
This is a common problem with shower or waterproof garments are the material tends to contract again after being stretched out.
Despite my criticisms, I gladly pull these on whenever there's a threatening cloud in the sky so you wouldn't go far wrong with buying a pair.
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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist magazine in 2017.
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