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Altura Peloton Windproof Jacket



A well made, stylish jacket for faster riding on cooler days with good frontal windproofing

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Altura says that its Peloton Windproof jacket is engineered to be that 'must-have' riding partner. It certainly performs well in cool, dry conditions, but you'll need another partner when it's raining.

This all-black version is a good looking piece of kit, but it's available in blue and red if you prefer something brighter. The 'sport fit' is flattering and the fluorescent yellow zips look very smart combined with low-key logos and subtle but strategically placed reflective trim.

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The slightly shiny Altura Shield fabric provides a good level of windproofing, but it's restricted to the front, shoulders and outer arms. The rest of the jacket is made of Altura Thermo fabric – it's thicker with a soft fleece backing. The collar is fleece-lined, too, and there's a storm flap behind the front zip. The cuffs are nice and thick, helping the sleeves stay in position under gloves, leaving no wrist flesh exposed to the elements.

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There's a stretchiness to the fabric that makes the jacket very comfortable, and this stretchiness also means it still fits well with a couple of extra layers underneath.

On cold days, combined with a baselayer and jersey, the Peloton provides a decent level of warmth but although the windproofing of the Shield fabric is good, cold draughts do get into areas where this fabric isn’t used. When added to the impressive breathability of the jacket this helps prevent overheating when working hard on wintry training rides – which, given the name, is the kind of riding it’s designed for – but did mean I was a bit chilled on shorter commutes.

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When the rain comes, the Shield fabric provides some protection but the rest of the jacket leaks fairly quickly. In showers this was okay, with the thickness of the Thermo fabric retaining some warmth. This isn't a jacket for persistent rain, though, and to be fair Altura doesn't claim this.

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There's silicone gripper on the lower hem to keep it in place, but the tail isn't very long. This keeps it looking smart when worn off the bike but leaves your rear end a little exposed to road spray.

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For carrying your ride essentials, the jacket has five easily accessible pockets: three large ones at the rear and two zipped – one on the front and one on the central rear pocket. Both of these have a port for a headphones cable.

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A well made, stylish jacket for faster riding on cooler days with good frontal windproofing test report

Make and model: Altura Peloton Windproof Jacket

Size tested: Medium, Black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Altura says: "Engineered to be that 'must-have' riding partner, with a lightweight thermal fabric and wind protection panels delivering superior ride comfort."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

* Altura Shield™ technology is engineered to provide protection from wind and water, whilst still offering high levels of breathability

* Altura Thermo™ technology using thermosuede fabrics delivers body warming insulation and warmth, to maintain core thermoregulation, keeping you warm,dry and comfortable

* ErgoFit™ 3D patterning engineered for a more comfortable riding position

* Strategically located retroreflective trims for increased visibility

* Triple rear storage pockets and zipped pocket

* Chest pocket with internal media port

* Sport Fit

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Nicely put together with a high quality look and feel.

Rate the product for performance:

Windproofing works where it is present, but unless you're working hard you'll need more layers for cooler days.

Rate the product for durability:

Well constructed, minimal bobbling on the Thermo fabric.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
Rate the product for value:

Quality is very good for the price.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The Shield fabric provides good windproofing.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The look, and the quality of the finish.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 46  Height: 182  Weight: 75

I usually ride: Genesis Day One Singlespeed  My best bike is: Souped-up Cannondale CAADX

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

Andy Ward works his socks off for the NHS as a GP and teaching at Leicester Medical School. After a brief foray into road racing he decided it hurt less to fall off on mud and is now most likely to be found on his cyclocross bike. He recently surprised himself by completing the Three Peaks without breaking his bike or any limbs

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