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dhb Wisp Windproof Gilet – review

This time of year isn’t cold enough to warrant a full on winter jacket and long sleeved baselayer, but there are other options to layer up as the temperature changes. Chief among these is the gilet.

The Wisp Windproof Gilet is part of dhb’s latest line, packing up really small when required and providing enough protection when riding. It’s easy to put on, meaning you can retrieve it from your pocket and don it on the go. It’s similarly easy to take off and pack away again thanks to the full-length zip at the front.

When on it provides an effective barrier against wind and rain. It’s not thermal or insulated – so not designed to keep you warm in winter weather – but keeps the wind off your chest.

But, despite the windproofing, dhb have managed to allow a decent level of ventilation with a flap on the back allowing hot air and moisture to make its way out without letting in cold air or rain. It works well and I didn’t find that I was overheating when I shouldn’t have been.

On top of that, to keep both warm and comfortable around the neck the gilet has a thin fleece lining. It’s a good compromise between thickness (which also means slower drying when wet) and comfort, offering a good balance between the two.

Dhb have ditched pockets and stripped the construction right back in order to keep weight down as low as possible. The result is a seriously lightweight gilet that doesn’t have much bulk either, meaning it can be easily stored in a jersey pocket.

However, one place that could have done with a little more in construction terms is the elastic on the rear hem. It didn’t do a great job keeping the gilet in place while riding, especially when my jersey pockets were full.

Other than that, the overall fit is good, and it’s certainly a race cut which complements many jerseys, but a wider choice of colours would be nice. At present there’s turquoise with a burgundy zip, which works well with plenty of kit ensembles. On top of that it has some high-vis detailing, but I’d like to have seen a little more of that, or at least larger print being used.

Conclusion

There’s a lot to like about dhb’s Wisp Windproof Gilet and, coming in at £28, it’s certainly good value for money. At times of the year when it’s necessary to be flexible with your apparel, a gilet like this is invaluable, offering lightweight windproofing in a simple but effective piece of clothing.

Pros

– Lightweight
– Windproof
– Packs away easily

Cons

– Hem elastic could be better
– No pockets
– Reflective elements could be more prominent

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