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Altura Icon Men’s Short Sleeve Jersey

8
£40.00

VERDICT:

8
10
Decent quality jersey that is comfortable, high wicking and not a huge amount of cash
Impressive breathability
Good value for money
Eye-catching designs
A bit rough around the edges in places
Weight: 
171g

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The Altura Icon Men's Short Sleeve Jersey comes with some clever fabric which really helps on the breathability front and in the anti-whiff stakes. The semi-relaxed cut means you don't need to be a racing whippet to wear it, either.

We've reviewed various versions of Altura's Icon jersey over the years including the long sleeve option, and they have always scored well.

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This latest has what Altura describes as a full silhouette redesign, and uses a high-wicking fabric for the main body and a carbon material for the underarm panels; the latter is made by Italian manufacturer Miti, which claims it draws toxins away from the skin to keep you feeling and smelling fresh in key areas. In use, both fabrics feel soft against the skin and work well.

The mild winter so far has seen me stick with short sleeve jerseys for most of my riding and in temperatures of up to 18°C I've remained cool as the breeze blows through, helping wick away any sweat.

2021 Altura Icon Men's Short Sleeve Jersey - hem.jpg

With a lightweight jacket over the top on rainy days, the Icon hasn't felt overwhelmed, even on some tough climbs where I've been working hard.

As for the carbon material, I wore the jersey for an entire week's worth of riding without washing it and it did indeed smell fresher than most, especially around the armpits.

2021 Altura Icon Men's Short Sleeve Jersey - sleeve.jpg

I normally find Altura's sizing to be a bit more generous than other brands and that is no different here. I'd say the medium here is probably closer to a large from someone like Lusso or dhb, so if you want a snug fit bear that in mind.

I actually liked the bit of extra room, especially when I was out on easier routes or on the gravel trails, and the Icon is cut well so it still fits correctly without ever feeling baggy.

2021 Altura Icon Men's Short Sleeve Jersey - shoulder.jpg

The dropped tail is a generous length for riding in the drops and the arms are on the longer side too, if you like that. Personally, I prefer something a bit shorter that finishes about midway on the upper arm.

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Other neat touches are the inclusion of a zip garage at the neck and four pockets on the rear, three traditionally mounted plus a fourth zipped one for valuables.

2021 Altura Icon Men's Short Sleeve Jersey - zip pocket.jpg

Altura's website is showing an rrp of £40, currently reduced to £35.99. Even at full price it's an attractive option: the overall quality is good, with the fabrics showing to be durable and robust. There are some loose thread ends in various places which let it down a touch, but to be fair they aren't visible when you are wearing it.

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There aren't many jerseys we've tested that come in cheaper. There is the dhb Short Sleeve for £30, but that doesn't sound quite as sporty in nature as the Icon, plus the Icon has better pockets.

The Van Rysel range from Decathlon is well known for its quality and good value, but even something like the Men's Road Cycling Jersey Racer is a fiver more, at £44.99.

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Overall, the Altura Icon is comfortable to wear and works across a broad range of temperatures, and for the money is a very tempting proposition.

Verdict

Decent quality jersey that is comfortable, high wicking and not a huge amount of cash

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Altura Icon Men's Short Sleeve Jersey

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Altura says, "Our popular Icon Jersey takes on a whole new look with its striking new graphic print but has also undergone a complete silhouette redesign. The high quality main body fabric offers great wicking properties, whilst the Italian made Miti carbon fabric is deployed in key areas to draw toxins away from the skin for a fresh and comfortable feel. The neat, bonded hem and cuffs as well as the low cut collar make this a stylish jersey you will want to be seen in."

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

Altura lists:

Italian carbon fabric underarm panels to reduce bacteria and sustain freshness

High wicking fabrics

Bold graphic print

Tonal reflective print detail

Bonded hem and cuffs for a clean finish

Silicon rear and side hem gripper

3 back pockets and 1 security pocket with concealed zip

Full length front zip

Semi-fitted

Main Fabric: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane

Secondary Fabric: Sleeve: 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

The sizing is more generous than some brands, but that is reflected in Altura's sizing guide.

Rate the product for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

No issues whatsoever.

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

The Icon fits well for all kinds of riding and does a good job of keeping you cool.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good wicking properties.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

A few rough edges.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

At £40 it is one of the lower priced jerseys we've tested. dhb's Short Sleeve jersey is cheaper but doesn't quite compete on performance or fit. The Van Rysel top I mention in the review looks to offer good value for money, too, for a fiver more.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

The Icon uses fabrics that work well whether you are using the jersey on its own or as part of a layering system, and it has a decent fit. It's a lot of jersey for the money too.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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