dhb Flashlight Waterproof Trousers review

Reliable protection in miserable weather, but might not be as durable as some

dhb flashlight waterproof trousers
(Image credit: Emma Silversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Dhb’s Flashlight Waterproof Trousers are a great outer layer to keep you commuting through bad weather. With decent levels of breathability, 360° reflective detailing and reliable protection in rainy conditions, they make a good addition to any year-round cycling wardrobe. Leg length shouldn’t be a problem; Wiggle offer three different lengths in every size. The only concern I’d have with them is longevity; the fabric is exceptionally thin, making them vulnerable to wear and tear.

Reasons to buy
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    Good protection against rain

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    Decent refelctive detailing

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    Comprehensive sizing

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Reasons to avoid
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    Thin fabric

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    Very wide leg with only one adjuster

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The lightweight, packable nature of these trousers is certainly appealing. They do exactly what you want them to when the rain starts to fall; keep you dry and warm without boiling in the bag. However, the thin fabric could well have its downsides in the long run. 

Fit and construction

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.