When the weather’s nasty but not nasty enough to warrant wearing a full on winter jacket the race jacket comes in. Clear- it is made really for racing so your race numbers are still visible to the commissaires. Against the elements it surprisingly does a fantastic job at keeping the wet out. It will be soggy after riding through the driving rain but I found it did keep me dry beneath. The waist line does get a little damp due to additional water being sprayed up from the back wheel but it did keep my core dry. Because it is not as thick as a winter jacket it is naturally more breathable. The armpits also feature a mesh fabric to aid breathability. If it does get too hot it probably means you can take it off.
The build quality- In the image it may look thin and fragile… and I’m afraid to say it is. At 5 months in it has sustained a rip which is ever growing at the top of my chest area. This has come about through general wear and handling. Putting it on when riding requires practice and calm. When the sleeve catches on your wrist it can mean you accidently keep pulling causing a tear. This jacket does not have taped seems so bear in mind it is only water resistant, but it has done me well.
After a particularly wet and ride, the road grime had sprayed up onto the back of the jacket. This left a large brown mark. At this time it didn't really occur to me to use Vanish but later it did… Soaking the garment in hot water with a spoonful of Vanish powder only served to make the stain fade slightly. Perhaps had I acted sooner I would have achieved a better result…
Also in the dhb range are similar jackets for the recreational or racer in training at lower price points such as the dhb Wisp Jacket and dhb Windproof Ultralight Gilet. These however don’t come with claims of being water-resistant and the sizing range is diminishing likewise with this jacket which is currently only available in size XXL. Overall at £23 it has done fairly well to last these past 5 months without significant damage. (I’m still using it).
If you’re a road racer then this may prove a little too baggy, perhaps made out of a slightly thicker material it would do a better job at causing less drag. For the recreational cyclist it offers an emergency item of clothing to protect you against those passing showers and unexpected downpours, that can be easily stuffed into your back pocket.