Dhb has taken the humble windproof gilet and added plenty of little details to make the Aeron Super Light an excellent investment for its 30 quid price tag. This orange version is bright, too, if you like to stand out.
With its 100 per cent polyester construction, the Aeron might not seem anything revolutionary in the gilet market, but it has lots of little things that add up to create a great pocket filler.
I'll start with just that: the Aeron comes with its own little pocket on the inside to stuff the rest of the gilet into. Ram it in there and you're left with a garment no bigger than a handful, which is easily stuffed into a rear jersey pocket without having to stop. This means you can carry it with you on those iffy weather days, and as it weighs only 72g, if you don't use it it's not like you've been lugging a heavy weight around.
People will know if you've had it in your pocket for a while, though, because it creases up something chronic.
The fit is what dhb classes as performance – that's what its Aeron range is aimed at – but it's not super-snug. It leaves a little room around the torso for a jersey underneath without having material flapping about. The elasticated armholes are cut tight to stop any draughts getting in, while the tail is dropped very long for those efforts in the drops.
The neck is also high to stop the breeze getting in and is finished with a small rim of fleece material to stop irritation. You'll also find a garage for the full length zip to stop it digging into your throat.
The front and rear panels keep any wind at bay, which is most noticeable when riding into one of those chilly northerlies. You remain warm and toasty.
Polyester isn't renowned for being the most breathable material and that is why dhb has added mesh panels to both sides of the gilet to remove any body heat overload, which they do well. I never felt clammy or sweaty in the Aeron.
The Aeron comes in four colours, with this orange being the brightest, and it certainly stands out on a misty morning. If you want something a little more subtle you can go for blue, black or white.
Overall the dhb Aeron is a good gilet, with those little design extras turning a pretty basic concept into a decent one, and for £30 I reckon it offers very good value for money – you can certainly find similar ones for an extra 15 or 20 quid.
Ideal 'pocket stuffer' gilet for those days when you might get a bit chilly
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road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Aeron Super Light Gilet
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Wiggle says, "Toiling up hills inevitably leads to a build up of sweat that can then chill you to the bone on the long descents that follow. However, reaching for the Aeron superlight gilet, weighing just 67 grams (size M), will keep you protected from the dreaded windchill as you sweep downwards. It's extremely low volume makes it simple to carry in a pocket, packed neatly away in it's own integrated pocket. It's always there when you need it."
There is a lot to like about the dhb as it's effective against the wind and the fact that it scrunches up so small means you can carry it easily in a small pocket just in case you need it.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Super lightweight, windproof protection
Micro-volume, packable into integrated pocket
Mesh side panels for breathability
Elastic armholes to keep wind out
Reflective dhb logos on front chest and upper back
Everything looks well put together with tidy, robust stitching at the seams.
Impressive windproofing and not overly sweaty thanks to the mesh side panels.
The material feels rugged and should resist most scuffs. Smooth running zip too.
Looser around the torso to allow for a jersey with close fitting elasticated armholes to stop draughts. The Aeron manages to keep a performance orientated fit though.
The sizing comes in pretty spot on for a medium, but if you want to go for a super-slim fit, drop a size.
At 72g you barely notice it.
Soft feeling material and light weight means you don't pay any attention to it.
Thanks to its fit and quality I'd say it represents very good value for money.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
A simple 30 degree wash and left to dry naturally. Mud spray washed out without staining.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Does exactly what you need a windstopper gilet to do.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The attention to detail.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Creases very easily when stuffed in its own pocket.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
The overall concept of the polyester windproof gilet is nothing new but it's the attention to detail that makes the dhb Aeron Super Light stand out. Zip garage, fleece lined collar, packable – those type of things. And the price.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Mason Definition
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.