On a wet, windy and miserable day I shouted to my girlfriend: “Quick! Put your dhb Women’s Flashlight Highline Waterproof Jacket on and run outside! There’s no time to waste”.
Such is the life of a cycling bloggers girlfriend.
Aiming to keep cyclists dry and visible, the DHB Flashlight jacket costs £60 for women’s and £70 for men’s edition (there’s currently 30% off). The jacket sits among the more higher end products in the DHB range and it’s pretty clear as soon as you wear it in the first downpour that this is designed to beat bad weather.
The rain seems to just slide off the jacket. Even after a 20 minute ride in a heavy downpour, with a backpack on, there were no signs of water getting through.
The jacket comes with a long cut at the back, which keeps you dry as you lean forward on your handlebars. The cuffs can be tightened, to prevent the cold and rain from getting in from your wrists. This works really well alongside gloves too. The zip goes up really tight on the neck. Although this can be a little uncomfortable and you wouldn’t want it so tight all the time, in the heavy rain you’ll appreciate having it.
There’s a relaxed cut to the jacket, which means you can easily add additional layers beneath. In practise, with a base layer and the DHB jacket on top, you should be fine for most of the weather we get in London.
The 3M Scotchlite strips offer all round reflectivity. Despite them being very bright, they are stylishly placed. Overall, you can definitely tell it’s a cycling jacket, but it still looks great.
For your goods, there are zip pockets on the sides, breast and on the rear. The rear pocket isn’t enormous, but you could easily hold a few snacks for the ride in there or even a small d-lock. The rear pocket also has waterproofing, to keep things like mobile phones and wallets dry.
If you find yourself getting too warm, there’s the option to unzip beneath the armpits. This allows plenty of air to flow in to the jacket and is a good option for those who quickly heat up on a ride, but still want to remain dry.
There’s a real high quality feel to the jacket. The material feels solid and durable.
I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the dhb Flashlight Highline Waterproof Jacket. It gets all the essentials right – great waterproofing, great visibility, comfy, breathable. However, the list doesn’t stop there, it looks good, it feels durable and has plenty of well placed pockets.
If you’re hunting around for a new waterproof cycling jacket and can afford to spend a little more, then it’s an excellent choice that should serve you well on rainy days.
The dhb Flashlight Highline Waterproof Jacket is available exclusively from Wiggle in men’s and women’s editions. At the time of publishing, the female version costs £60 (with a 40% discount) and then men’s version costs £70 (with a 30% discount).