dhb has launched what it's calling its most technically advanced autumn/winter clothing ever, the Aeron Lab range, featuring fabrics from the likes of Polartec and Schoeller.
Aeron Lab was first launched in the summer and has been used by the Canyon Eisberg UCI Continental team. dhb says that the team played a role in fine-tuning the autumn/winter collection too.
Aeron Lab consists of two outfits, each designed for high-intensity training. We had the chance to take a look when we visited dhb a couple of weeks ago. All of the clothing is available in both men's and women's versions, and the jerseys and jackets come in different colour options.
The dhb Aeron Lab Equinox Jersey (£140, it's the women's version above) "is engineered to bridge the gap between summer and winter for fast-paced riding", according to dhb.
The most exposed areas at the front of the jersey are made from Polartec Power Shield, a three-layer soft shell fabric that offers defence against wind and rain while allowing sweat vapour to escape. Elsewhere, a loop-backed Schoeller fabric provides moisture management and dries fast.
The dhb Aeron Lab Equinox Bib Tights (£130) are designed for fast riding in transitional weather; dhb says they're suitable for a temperature range of 10-16°C, which is the same as for the Aeron Lab Equinox Jersey (above). The Tiana fabric used for the upper section of the tights has what's called Lot ‘O’ Dry hydrophobic technology to provide a highly water resistant finish.
The lower sections use a fast-wicking Wind Channel fabric from Schoeller that's designed to shift moisture away from the skin quickly.
The dhb Aeron Lab All Winter Polartec Jacket (£180) features three Polartec technologies that are used together in cycle clothing for the first time. The idea is that when combined they create a highly weather resistant, warm and breathable softshell.
The face fabric is stretchable NeoShell, which Polartec says is "the world's most breathable waterproof fabric technology".
Front and rear panels of Polartec Alpha Direct "provide thermal regulation as the fabric continuously releases excess body heat before it builds to cause saturation and discomfort", according to dhb.
The jacket is completed using Polartec Power Shield Pro in key areas, such as the rear back strip, for breathability and moisture management.
"This is the winter jacket for riders who don’t like wearing winter jackets, focusing on allowing cyclists to carry that nimble feeling into even the coldest days," says dhb.
The dhb Aeron Lab All Winter Tights (£150) are designed to feel substantial yet lightweight and to cope with conditions right down to freezing.
Windbloc is used to protect major muscles from the elements while the bib straps are made from a brushed fabric to retain warmth.
The Aeron Lab collection also features the lightweight and waterproof dhb Aeron Lab NeoShell Overshoes (£50). Created from Polartec NeoShell (as used in the Aeron Lab All Winter Polartec Jacket, see above), the overshoes feature large reflective detailing.
The range is completed by the dhb Aeron Lab All Winter Gloves (£50) which use fast-drying Polartec Alpha insulation.
The main body of the glove is Polartec Power Shield Pro soft shell fabric with a microporous membrane and four-way stretch.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.