The Altura All Roads Lightweight Jacket is a comfortable and stylish jacket, although it won’t hold up as well to persistent or heavier rain as you might hope.
The jacket has a relaxed fit – Altura actually calls it a “hoodie” – and can be used both on and off the bike. It works whether you’re driving an audax, setting up camp on a bike trip, or going down to Tesco because your baby’s out of nappies.
I’ll be honest, with my current living situation I’m definitely more likely to be found in the latter than either of the former, but I’ve also used it on a few longer rides and c It was quite refreshing to have something that isn’t designed to be totally aerodynamic for longer, calmer rides.
As well as keeping me warm, the jacket’s DWR (durable water repellent) treatment worked most of the time, but there were a few rides in heavier rain that I noticed water seepage in, particularly around the chest. It doesn’t quite live up to the “excellent protection” claimed by Altura, although it’s not bad in lighter showers. It’s not a jacket I would choose if I knew I was going to be riding in heavy or prolonged rain – I’d opt for something a bit more durable.
Breathability is quite good; it’s not the kind of thing you’d want to do if the rain starts falling while you’re climbing Mont Ventoux, but for daily commutes or more leisurely Sunday walks it’s more than enough.
One element of the jacket that works well is the design at the wrist, where an inner cuff of softer material wraps close to the skin and keeps drafts out.
Storing the jacket away is a breeze – it packs into its back pocket, making it easy to stow in a bar bag or jersey pocket.
As this is a more casual jacket, it includes “non-cycling related” elements that I found useful such as the hood and front zip pockets.
The hood isn’t something I would use while riding, but it’s great if you’re out in the rain after a ride, while the pockets are great for storing your phone or wallet when out riding. This is a good jacket to throw on after riding whether at a coffee stop or at lunchtime if used for commuting.
Altura has also included some subtle reflective elements such as the small logo on the chest and a stripe of dots around the forearm on both arms. These won’t make you stand out like a torch, but do provide a little extra visibility in low light conditions.
We haven’t looked at many relaxed but packable jackets like this on road.cc – Shaun liked the relaxed style of the B’TWIN Men’s Urban Cycling Rain Jacket at the same price, but in my opinion it lacks the off-bike appeal of the Altura, weighs more and isn’t as packable. It also doesn’t look like it outperforms the Altura when it comes to waterproofing or breathability.
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The ETC Snug Cycling Hoodie offers an equally casual look, but again, it’s a heavier option and lacks breathability in Steve’s test, even though it’s five times cheaper.
Overall, the lightweight All Roads Jacket is packable and practical both on and off the bike. Waterproofing and breathability aren’t as “great” as Altura suggests in the blurb – but for something to throw in after a ride or during a commute, it works well and looks good.
Decent option for casual walks, commuting or bike wearing, although waterproofing could be better
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Brand and model : Altura All Roads Lightweight Jacket
Tell us what the jacket is for and who it is for. What are the builders saying? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Altura says: “A casual, lightweight hoodie offering protection from the elements
“The Altura All Roads Men’s Lightweight Cycling Jacket is an easy-to-wear casual style jacket. It is lightweight and easy to pack when stored in its own back pocket. The durable water-resistant coating, the properties windproof and the adjustable hood offer great protection from the elements when the weather turns bad.Reflective printing in key areas will help you stay visible to others in low light, but is subtle enough that you have also looks great off the bike.contemporary styling and excellent breathability that also makes it a lightweight outer shell ideal for running, walking or hiking.”
Tell us a bit more about the technical aspects of the jacket?
Altura lists these features:
– Durable water resistant finish
– Adjustable hood with glued visor
– Bonded zip guard
– Two zipped pockets
– Reflective print in key areas
– Relaxed fit
Rate the jacket for build quality:
Seems well made, with strong stitching and sturdy zippers.
Rate the jacket for its performance:
For low-intensity riding and casual wear off the bike, it’s more than adequate, though the waterproofing isn’t quite up to expectations.
Rate the jacket for durability:
Nothing suggests that it will not last.
Rate the waterproofness of the jacket based on the manufacturer’s rating:
Altura says: “The durable water-resistant coating, windproof properties and adjustable hood provide excellent protection against the elements when the weather turns bad. It’s fine for light rain or short showers, but during prolonged periods of rain or heavy showers I’ve noticed water seepage.
Rate the breathability of the jacket based on the manufacturer’s rating:
Good enough; not the best at higher intensities, but that’s not what it’s designed for.
Evaluate the fit of the jacket:
It’s a relaxed fit that’s comfortable to wear both on and off the bike.
Rate jacket for size:
The large size as expected.
Rate the jacket by weight:
It’s lightweight – something you can slip into a jersey pocket or frame bag without too much hassle.
Rate the jacket for comfort:
Rate the jacket for its value:
Is the jacket easy to maintain? How did it react to the wash?
You can wash it at 30 degrees no problem, although the waterproofing is a coating, so over time it will diminish.
Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used as intended
It does a good job overall, just peels off in heavier rain.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket
The multipurpose – being able to throw it out the door, whether I’m hopping on a bike or having lunch at the office.
Tell us what you particularly hated about the jacket
The water repellency could be better to cope with heavier and more persistent rain.
How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
We haven’t reviewed a lot of jackets like this on road.cc, but it’s the same price as the BTwin Men’s City Cycling Rain Jacket which isn’t as packable and doesn’t have the attraction of cycling. The ETC Snug Cycling Hoodie has an equally casual look and costs £5 less, but lacks breathability.
Did you enjoy using the jacket? Yes
Would you consider buying the jacket? Yes – for commuting.
Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Yes – for commuting.
Use this box to explain your overall score
It’s a decent option for use on and off the bike, although the waterproofing could be better. Overall it’s pretty good.
I usually ride: CAAD13 My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I have been riding since: 10-20 years old I ride: Every day I would classify myself as: Expert
I regularly practice the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportsmen, general fitness riding, fixed/single speed,