ALTURA PODIUM ELITE THERMO SHIELD JACKET SHIELD BIBTIGHTS
WHAT THEY SAY: A lightweight performance jacket with exceptional windproof properties, while water and wind protection is offered on our competition tight for maximum comfort in the most challenging of conditions.
WHAT WE SAY: This jacket offers excellent windproof and thermal properties while also doing an OK job of keeping the rain out. With five pockets to the rear – including a zippered security one – it has ample space to accommodate an additional waterproof option should you need it. For cold, dry rides, though, this is ideal, coping well with dropping temperatures and spiteful wind chill on fast descents with ease. Which given how lightweight the fabric feels is surprising until you remember this is made by Altura, using their Thermo™ technology which we know from experience maintains core temperature brilliantly, wicking away sweat to keep you warm and comfortable even when the mercury dips below the 0°C mark. Available in yellow and black and red and black and sizes S-XXL Altura Thermo tech is again used in the bibtights, with the addition of Altura Shield to ensure they’re fully wind and waterproof, and Altura Dry which banishes sweat. The pad, meanwhile, is Altura’s 3-D pro, a decent one-size-fits-all option. Other neat features include silicone grippers at the ankles and two pockets at the rear for extra storage. Available in sizes S-XXL.