dhb Lightweight Merino short-sleeved baselayer review

Warmer weather ahead? We’ve tested dhb’s lightweight merino-blend baselayer

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The dhb Lightweight Merino short-sleeved baselayer is comfortable under a jersey or heavier outer garment for riding in spring and autumn temperatures. It washes up well, is odour resistant and comfortable. It’s also well priced.

Reasons to buy
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    The benefits of merino: warmth, odour resistance, breathability, comfort

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    Polyester content increases durability and reduces weight

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    Good fit

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    Well priced

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Reasons to avoid
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    May need something lighter for hotter summer rides

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With the arrival – sort of – of warmer conditions, I’ve been casting off the heavy long-sleeved baselayer on some rides and testing dhb’s short-sleeved merino version. dhb makes some good quality, well priced pieces and is sold through Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles.

The dhb Lightweight Merino baselayer still has all the benefits of merino, being 64% wool, but the rest of its composition is made up of polyester. The fabric is a lot lighter than most merino at 120 grams per square metre, so the baselayer only weighs 88g. dhb says the polyester component also increases durability and moisture transfer.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.