The dhb Turbulence Windproof Jacket has proved a worthy companion through spring, providing a good level of protection against the wind, and a surprising amount of water resistance, in a good value package.
The Turbulence is a windproof jacket so it’s worth starting off by saying that it performs well in that regard, and the fabric does a good job at taking the edge of the chilly morning air. The nylon fabric is breathable and the presence of mesh pits and a storm flap on the rear boosts breathability further. The jacket’s biggest claim to fame, in my opinion, is that it provides good protection from the wind while offering plenty of opportunity for moisture to escape. The lightweight material also means the jacket packs down well and can comfortably fit in a jersey pocket, although it can look a bit scrunched up when you pull it out again.
There’s no mention of water resistance in the product description and that’s because it’s marketed as a windproof jacket, not a waterproof jacket. It does, however, do a decent job at keeping out rain showers and road spray. Water initially beads off the surface and that remains the case in light rain, but then compromises the material after steady exposure, while the mesh vents provide a more immediate route in. As such, it’s been my go-to jacket in recent weeks on rides when the odd shower may be forecast, rather than all-day rain, and I want something light to stuff in my jersey pocket.
dhb describe the Turbulence as a slim line windproof shell but the cut isn’t particularly racy. Sure, there’s not a great deal of excess material to flap around but the fit (our sample was size medium) is generous enough to go over a couple of layers (including a long sleeve jersey) without making the jacket feel restrictive. That said, it is a touch tight on the shoulders and the elasticated cuffs could do with more, well, elastic, or a Velcro tab, as they’re far too loose and provide an obvious entry point for wind or rain.
The fleece-lined collar is a comfortable touch and sits close enough to the neck to be effective, while the zipped pocket on the rear (which also has a smaller pocket inside it) is useful for carrying a gel or energy bar and makes it easier to grab, rather than having to hitch up the jacket to delve into a jersey pocket – not if you’re wearing gloves, though, as the zipper (both on the front of the jacket and the pocket) is too small to comfortably use on the move.
Our test sample came in red, while black and high-vis yellow options are also available. List price is £44.99, which, considering the jacket’s breathability and only a couple of niggles, makes it good value.