An unusual 100% merino material is on the menu with the Women’s Merino LS Baselayer, using a midweight 200gsm fabric to give a warm and great value first layer.
dhb Women’s Merino LS Baselayer details and specifications
Unlike many brands which choose to blend merino with polyester or other synthetic elements for their baselayers, dhb has opted for a 100% merino fabric for their long sleeve baselayer, in a midweight 200gsm.
Soft and odour-resistant, responsibly sourced merino wool is dhb’s fibre of choice for cool weather layering, while dhb also claims that merino gives good performance when it comes to sweat wicking and temperature management.
A women’s-specific cut is on offer in UK sizes 8-16, with a crew neckline and multiple body panels to give a contoured fit.
dhb Women’s Merino LS Baselayer performance
Layered under a waterproof jacket on warmer November days and with extra insulated mid-layers when the sub-zero December temperatures hit, the dhb Women’s Merino baselayer has proven to be somewhat of a winter staple.
The merino baselayer gave an excellent fit, with a snug crew neck, good length sleeves and a fitted, yet not restrictive, cut. The good length leaves extra to tuck in for warmth without being excessively long.
Though there are many panels to give this contoured fit in the absence of a synthetic fibre blend, these are stitched with flatlock seams to avoid any irritation against the skin.
Beautifully soft against the skin, the merino baselayer feels more like your favourite pyjamas than technical riding apparel, but that’s pretty much where the similarities stop.
The midweight 200gsm material has proven to be the ideal weight for offering generous warmth without having to sacrifice moisture management on steadier, lower intensity rides.
The use of merino also meant that the top didn’t pong after a ride, and could be used for multiple shorter rides before washing.
If I was planning on some faster-paced laps, I’d probably opt for a merino/synthetic blend or even a fully synthetic baselayer for optimal sweat-wicking, but for lower to mid-intensities the dhb merino was a good option.
It’s worth noting that just like a woolly jumper, a little extra care is required to wash your merino baselayers without shrinking them. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised how quickly the dhb baselayer dried on a clothes airer compared to other merino blend baselayers.
And finally, I love the colour, with other fun options including teal and coral too. Life’s too short for boring baselayers, eh?
How does dhb Women’s Merino LS Baselayer compare to other baselayers?
A pure merino offering is rather unusual in the cycling world, with baselayers usually blended with synthetic fibres, such as the Dryarn inner used with the Specialized LS Underwear baselayer, or semi-synthetic fibres like Lyocell, as incorporated into the Endura BaaBaa Blend baselayer.
One example of another 100% merino option is the Findra Leithen Merino Striped baselayer, though that retails at nearly twice the price of this dhb offering.
dhb Women’s Merino LS Baselayer bottom line
The understated, no-frills design from dhb simply works, offering a fantastic value merino layering option to keep you warm and cosy through chillier conditions.
How we tested
A baselayer is a pretty simple piece of clothing, right? Not quite.
With options made from synthetic or natural fibres, as well as a range of thicknesses, there’s a huge range to choose from.
Here, we’ve focused on long-sleeve baselayers, which are best suited to riding in cool weather.
In testing, we’ve assessed fit, warmth, durability and – all importantly – stink factor. Some baselayers get smelly quickly, and worse still, can even hold onto a lingering funk
Baselayers on test
- Dhb Women’s Merino LS Baselayer review
- Castelli Prosecco Tech W Long Sleeve review
- Sportful BodyFit Pro Women’s LS Baselayer review
- Fox Women’s Tecbase LS Baselayer