DHB Hunston jacket£37.99

Transparent softshell

BikeRadar score3/5

This simple transparent shell delivers excellent performance for its weight and price, as long as you’re careful with it.

Typically for DHB, this water-resistant membrane jacket is about half the price of the competition, but it’s no worse for that.

The combination of a decent quality fabric and mesh vents under the arms means it breathes a lot better than most transparent plastic ‘race capes’.

This meant we left it on throughout rides when we were expecting to steam up early – making it a viable regular use shell rather than a ‘just in case’ option.

The tall neck plus elasticated tail and cuffs offer decent coverage, and the pack size and weight are miniscule.

The only problem with superlight membrane jackets is that they tear easily if you snag them on trailside bushes or wipe out, and our sample soon ended up with an extra arm vent courtesy of some hawthorn.

All in all, they’re best for careful riders rather than technical singletrack junkies, but it’s cracking value if you keep it safe.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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