DHB Aeron Pro bib shorts first impressions

Raffles
Raffles Posts: 1,137
edited February 2013 in Road general
THEY ARE WONDERFUL !!

I received a 25% off voucher from wiggle and on thursday I used it to buy a pair of the aeron pro`s, would you believe it they arrived today (saturday) ......way to go wiggle :D The full price is £67 but due to my voucher I got em for £50.They are the top of that range and come with a pad that is thinner where the meat and two veg reside and becomes a right ole wedge where the sit bones are. It was bucketing it down this morning so I climbed back into bed and gave the club run a miss, I went out this afternoon on my own and I donned the aerons under thin leggings with no pad. To say the pad is a cracker is an understatement as my entire ride was one of bum bliss ( :shock: !! ) as I never felt pressure there during the entire ride and the pro`s were an absolute joy to use. Im so impressed that im going to be picking up a second pair.....................yep I thought they were that good.

Before I ordered them I checked the review for them here on bikeradar and they got 5 stars , I also read other reviews from various sites and I couldnt find a bad word about them. Ive also got B`Twin supportive 7 bibs which look visually very like the pros in that the leg grippers at the bottom are white , they cost 50 quid, have gel insert and are the top of the b`twin range but they dont come anywhere close in performance terms. Sizewise regarding the pros I am 5 ft 9 inches with short@rse 30 inch inseam and I wear loose size 36 trousers and the size large was a perfect fit on me.

I also tried the High 5 Zero Extreme with Caffeine tabs for the first time today. Thankfully they dissolve very quickly in water and taste quite palatable. They dont have any calories so they will not provide energy boost. Id read that some users had stomach cramps , the need to piddle frequently and excessive farting after using them but I can say I sufferred none of those. There definitely isnt an increase in energy after drinking it, but todays ride was one I know very well and am well aware of when the legs start to tire. I found that at the sections where im used to the legs feeling leaden , it simply didnt happen :D and I was able to keep the cranks turning over. I set out to make sure I downed 1 litre of fluid during every hour I was out and I dont know how much that had to do with it but ive got the rest of the tube of tabs to use up over my next rides and Ill see how it goes.
2012 Cannondale CAAD 8 105

Comments

  • cool story brah.
    the deeper the section the deeper the pleasure.
  • Have been looking at these bib shorts and I think now I will go ahead and buy a pair after your recommendation and many others.
  • lawrences
    lawrences Posts: 1,011
    You know you can go and leave a review on Wiggle.
  • nmt
    nmt Posts: 88
    I was only checking these out on wiggle this morning,Good to read a review like this and also your thoughts on size.

    Cheers
  • Raffles
    Raffles Posts: 1,137
    Im always buying bike things and you can count onabout very few fingers the number of reviews ive written , this is because im admittedly lazy and id only leave views if something was amazingly good or awful. Today I was very impressed with the aerons and absolutely believe they offer outstanding value for money as they would hold their own against different branded products that cost a lot more.
    2012 Cannondale CAAD 8 105
  • Thanks raffles, Ive been hedging on these, and not wanting to look silly on asking another "newishby" question.
    Good to see some feedbacks on mid-budget? kit.

    Thanks G. :)
  • Raffles
    Raffles Posts: 1,137
    skyeflyguy wrote:
    Thanks raffles, Ive been hedging on these, and not wanting to look silly on asking another "newishby" question.
    Good to see some feedbacks on mid-budget? kit.

    Thanks G. :)


    you are very welcome, if you spend the 67 quid it will be money well spent and those bibs can cut it with types like castelli which considerably more.
    2012 Cannondale CAAD 8 105
  • p1tse
    p1tse Posts: 694
    Cool review

    How did you get. 25% off?
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • alihisgreat
    alihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    My pair of DHB Aeron Pros haven't lasted well..
  • Bozman
    Bozman Posts: 2,518
    My pair of DHB Aeron Pros haven't lasted well..

    +1 Mine lasted about 7 mths. Quite a nice short but poor durabity, they're used for the turbo now though, but due to the price/offer I bought another pair.
  • robbo2011
    robbo2011 Posts: 1,017
    I am sure they are decent enough shorts, but this is precisely my argument about buying better quality in the first place. I paid £85 for my S5 Uno shorts 3 years ago and they are still in pretty much perfect condition.

    So what will work out cheaper in the end? The jury is out.
  • Raffles how far have you actually ridden in them before your review?
  • Raffles
    Raffles Posts: 1,137
    Brakeless wrote:
    Raffles how far have you actually ridden in them before your review?



    did a half century saturday afternoon in them and very nice they were too.
    2012 Cannondale CAAD 8 105
  • Raffles wrote:
    Brakeless wrote:
    Raffles how far have you actually ridden in them before your review?



    did a half century saturday afternoon in them and very nice they were too.

    miles, km, or furlongs?
  • Raffles
    Raffles Posts: 1,137
    Raffles wrote:
    Brakeless wrote:
    Raffles how far have you actually ridden in them before your review?



    did a half century saturday afternoon in them and very nice they were too.

    miles, km, or furlongs?


    no ,none of them..............it was actually millimeters :lol:
    2012 Cannondale CAAD 8 105
  • nferrar
    nferrar Posts: 2,511
    They're my favourite bib shorts atm (compared with Spesh BG, Assos S5 Uno and Castelli Free Race Aeros anyhow), although the stitching is certainly less robust than on the Assos ones (I've had one set since they first came out though so must be well over a year old now).
  • mercia_man
    mercia_man Posts: 1,431
    Satisfaction with cycle shorts is very subjective. What suits one person won't suit another, and magazine reviews are not a great deal of help. I have a pair of DHB Aeron Pro bibshorts (bought after they won a Cycling Plus grouptest) but I wouldn't buy them again. First impressions were good - they fit well, are relatively cheap, and are made of a nice, non-shiny material. Comfort was pretty good on local rides.

    But for me the ultimate test of a pair of shorts is to wear them on a touring holiday when I'm cycling for around five hours every day for two or three weeks, often in extreme heat or rain. The DHBs dry quickly, which is useful when you only have two pairs to wear and wash one pair every evening. But I found that the mid and front part of the padding was too thin while the pad rubbed on my right inner thigh. Chamois creme helped but I did suffer discomfort.

    In contrast, I have got on really well with Assos F1 Uno S5 bibshorts. They have better quality construction, a slightly thicker front and mid part of the pad and fit more closely round my undercarriage, reducing chafing. I've also noticed it's better to tour with two different makes of shorts rather than two of the same make. I find this reduces the risk of pressure points and chafing developing.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,052
    Also they have the same pad as Rapha classic bibs, I like mine a lot but haven't worn them much yet
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • alihisgreat
    alihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    itboffin wrote:
    Also they have the same pad as Rapha classic bibs, I like mine a lot but haven't worn them much yet

    DHB Aeron Pros have the same pad as the Rapha classic?!?

    Shall we play a game of spot the difference?

    bibs-19.jpg
    vs.
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  • p1tse
    p1tse Posts: 694
    Mercia Man wrote:

    But for me the ultimate test of a pair of shorts is to wear them on a touring holiday when I'm cycling for around five hours every day for two or three weeks, often in extreme heat or rain. The DHBs dry quickly, which is useful when you only have two pairs to wear and wash one pair every evening. But I found that the mid and front part of the padding was too thin while the pad rubbed on my right inner thigh. Chamois creme helped but I did suffer discomfort.

    /quote]

    In situations like this are there garments you can wear like underwear so washing isn't required as frequently?
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,052
    Not the same pad in my Rapha bibs and before you ask bought from Rapha, both came with the same manufacturers labels for the pads, identical in everything but colour.

    Rapha Classic Short http://www.rapha.cc/bib-shorts?locale=UK
    "The most important component in any bib shorts is the pad and Rapha shorts use the top of the range pad from specialists Cytech. It has slim, body-contoured padding and a soft, chamois finish."

    dhb Aeron Pro Cycling Bib Short http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-aeron-pro-c ... bib-short/
    Premium cycling bib shorts from dhb at an astonishing price. Top-level ‘Tour Air’ Elastic Interface cycling pad from CyTech for serious sessions in the saddle. Moisture management ‘Field Sensor’ fabric deals with perspiration fast.
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • alihisgreat
    alihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    itboffin wrote:
    Not the same pad in my Rapha bibs and before you ask bought from Rapha, both came with the same manufacturers labels for the pads, identical in everything but colour.

    Rapha Classic Short http://www.rapha.cc/bib-shorts?locale=UK
    "The most important component in any bib shorts is the pad and Rapha shorts use the top of the range pad from specialists Cytech. It has slim, body-contoured padding and a soft, chamois finish."

    dhb Aeron Pro Cycling Bib Short http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-aeron-pro-c ... bib-short/
    Premium cycling bib shorts from dhb at an astonishing price. Top-level ‘Tour Air’ Elastic Interface cycling pad from CyTech for serious sessions in the saddle. Moisture management ‘Field Sensor’ fabric deals with perspiration fast.

    What you've done is highlight the brand... well a Specialized allez is the same as a Specialized tarmac SL4 is it?
  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    And how do they compare with Chinese fakes?

    I've the Aeron 3/4 and Vaeon Roubaix 3/4, very different cuts but very happy with both, not sure on the longevity yet but the Roubaix are super comfy. Not as comfy as my Assos Mille but great value for everyday shorts.