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.
The benefits of merino: warmth, odour resistance, breathability, comfort
Polyester content increases durability and reduces weight
May need something lighter for hotter summer rides
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.
Dhb also certifies that the sheep used to produce the merino wool in Australia have not been mulesed – a procedure sometimes used to prevent flies laying eggs in the fleece which is of concern to animal welfare campaigners.
The Lightweight Merino baselayer retains the smooth feel and odour resistance of merino wool though, so it’s comfortable. The fit is very good, with enough stretch to be close without being constrictive. There’s plenty of length to overlap your shorts and it’s cut a little longer in the back.
Worn under a lighter-weight jersey, there’s enough extra warmth for mild spring rides and the baselayer doesn’t get sweaty if you’re more wrapped up. dhb has flatlocked all the internal seams so that they don’t rub.
The Lightweight Merino baselayer has washed up well and still looks box fresh after a number of wash cycles. There’s no evidence of any pilling either. If you need something warmer, dhb also sells two heavier weights of short-sleeved merino baselayer.
Currently discounted to £18.75, the dhb lightweight merino baselayer is well priced and a good option for riding in intermediate conditions.
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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.
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