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Altura Ergofit Gilet



Smart, comfortable, well made and well priced way of keeping warm on colder days

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Altura tell us that the Ergofit Gilet “offers unrestrictive core body warmth and protection from the elements”. Sounds promising, especially from a competitively priced gilet (some posh ones cost £150+), how did it do?

First impressions from the packet were good, lovely feel, a nice weight and a smart design. I have a thing about white cycle clothing at the moment, not usually all white but highlights seem to make me stop and stare, this got through though and I have to say it does look good. To me it looks smart and uncomplicated (though it doesn’t suit the muddy roads of late – perhaps the black alternative would have been a better bet). Fit is impressive too, the multi-panel design ensured that the gilet fitted my form well and didn’t ride up when I was in an aggressive cycling position.

Mesh rear panels help to control body heat by moving warm air out from the front of the gilet where the windproof fabric does a top job at eliminating chill. The full length zip is of high quality and fits neatly into its own little hood to prevent irritation to your neck. The 100% polyester construction results in a soft touch, easy to look after garment that I would heartily recommend. Available in sizes from M to XXL this should be worth a look for most riders after a good value, well made, functional gilet for the winter months.


At an rrp of £44.99 I'd buy it (as per usual, a quick trawl will find it cheaper online but don’t discount the LBS for good service and being able to try it on). Smart to look at, lovely to ride in. It does what it says on the label and it does it for an affordable price. Good job Altura.

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Make and model: Altura Ergofit Gilet

Size tested: Medium, white

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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, a lot

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? I have, several times already

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 24  Height: 5ft 10  Weight: 70kg

I usually ride: felt ar4  My best bike is: i like my felt and my orbea ora tt bike equally

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, mtb, triathlon

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