dhb Aeron Lab Ultralight Waterproof Jacket 2.0 review – more 'light' than 'waterproof'

A competitively priced packable jacket with a great fit and feel - more of a 'just-in-case' get you home jacket than a foul weather mile-muncher

Image shows dhb Aeron Lab Ultralight Waterproof Jacket 2.0.
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The fit and features of this jacket are excellent: figure hugging without being restrictive, great coverage on the sleeves and at the rear, a warm fleecy collar and a smooth running two-way zip. It's small enough to fit in a jersey pocket too. One significant caveat is that it's not very waterproof – it's fine as a just-in-case get you home type jacket, but not one for rides with sustained rain.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Very light and small when rolled up

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    Great cut when riding

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    Good cuff design

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    Brushed collar

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    Good looks and colour

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    Very breathable

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Feels tight across chest when standing (not riding)

  • -

    More water resistant than waterproof

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The dhb Aeron Lab Ultralight 2.0 is a race fit waterproof jacket made from 100% nylon featuring taped seams and a DWR treatment. It weighs a light 153 grams (I measured it at 152g) for a medium (size on test) and rolls up small to easily fit in a rear pocket. 

Similar to the best packable waterproof jackets, there are a number of features help with fit and comfort such as a fine brushed fleece ling to the collar, a long dropped tail, as well as a double zip to adjust air flow without removing the garment. There is a peg hanging loop as well as two rear vents that also allow access to the rear jerseys pockets.

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Over 40 years cycling in a variety of disciplines including road riding, commuting, a self-supported Land's End to John o' Groats trip, XC mountain biking and several Polaris Challenge two-day events. Adventure, escape and fun are the motivations for my riding. I also love bike and kit design and have fillet brazed a couple of framesets using Reynolds 853 steel tubing for myself. A very satisfying experience to ride your own bespoke bike!

Height: 180cm

Weight: 66kg