Altura Cycling Jackets
Designed to give cyclists an extra layer of protection from the elements, Altura cycling jackets are available in a range of styles offering a variety of different features. Choosing the right jacket will depend on the type of cycling it is to be used for, along with the weather conditions.
Founded in 1997, Altura started out making bike luggage before moving into clothing and accessories. The company offers a range of products for cyclists whether they are biking for fun, sport, adventure or commuting to work.
Choosing a jacket
It is important to consider which features you require when choosing an Altura cycling jacket . If cycling in colder conditions, a thermal layer such as the Podium Elite Thermo Shield jacket will help to regulate body heat. Using insulating technology, the jacket is designed to keep in warmth while still being breathable.
When the weather's a bit less chilly, a lightweight windproof or showerproof jacket will be more suitable. Altura's Microlite Showerproof jacket has a full length zip and elasticated cuffs. Packing down into a small pocket at the back, the jacket is easy to stow away in case of unexpected showers.
Alternatively, the lightweight Attack 180 waterproof jacket is made from a two layer shell fabric and has a soft thermosuede inner collar to improve comfort. Available in five sizes, it is windproof and breathable.
For protection from the rain, the Five/40 (540) waterproof jacket features Altura Shield to keep out wind and water. It also uses the Altura Draft Venting system which is designed to offer improved breathability. The jacket incorporates zip-fastening chest pockets and a detachable hood.
Be seen in the dark
No matter where and when you are riding your bike, it is vital to make yourself as visible as possible. This is particularly important in low light or poor weather conditions. Some styles of Altura cycling jackets offer special features to enhance visibility.
The Nightvision Evo 360 Waterproof jacket not only offers reflectivity, it also features an integrated flashing light on the back of the jacket. It is available in four colours, including hi-viz yellow and hi-viz green. Other styles of Altura jacket incorporate reflective details or trim to aid visibility.
Other useful features
There are a variety of other handy features which can help improve your time in the saddle. Some Altura jackets feature internal pockets designed specifically to house mobile phones or devices, whilst others include detachable hoods, packaway pockets or adjustable cuffs.