Altura's latest commuting jackets offer on-bike performance and off-bike style

Check out Altura's latest range of commuting jackets

Altura commuting jackets
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It could be argued that a winter commuting jacket is the most important item in a cyclist’s wardrobe.

It has to keep you warm, dry and allow you to arrive at work or home looking fresh and not in a sweaty mess desperately needing a showing before beginning the day or settling down for the night.

With the clocks having ticked back and the colder days setting in with reduced daylight, more of us are in the market for a fully functional commuting jacket that not just ticks all of the above prerequisites but makes you visible to other road users.

As a useful bonus, it also helps when the jacket is so stylish that the passerby on the street wouldn’t be able to distinguish it from a regular winter coat. 

And that’s a feature that Altura’s Zephyr softshell jacket and Twister insulted coat pull off superbly. 

The latter looks so much like a regular puffer jacket that one needs to do a double take to realise that it’s actually an item of cycle clothing. Functionality and style in one.

Altura’s Electron jacket, meanwhile, is the perfect accompaniment on any rainy ride, and unlike other rain commuting cycling jackets, it wouldn’t look out of place being used as a standard waterproof coat. 

The trio of jackets all form part of Altura’s highly impressive commuting range, designed to ensure the cyclist gets to and from work in comfort and with a suaveness that has heads turning. 

In a world of over-consumerism, having a cycling jacket that doubles up as a ‘normal’ coat is a nod in the right direction towards a more sustainable future, one that puts practicality and the environment at the heart of our choices.  

After all, it really is possible to look as good off the bike as on it. 

Electron

Altura Electron jacket

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Whether the rain is pouring or just spitting, keeping dry underneath is essential. The Electron achieves that with ease, while also possessing breathability that ensures the fabrics don’t stick to the layers below.

Where the Electron is different to other waterproof cycling jackets is that there is a hood and the pockets are located in more ‘normal’ positions: two on the side and one in the chest area, as opposed to three at the back. This is clever positioning - for a commuting jacket should be as much about the work day as it is the experience of spinning the pedals.

The one thing we all plead while out on the roads is respect from vehicles, and the Electron’s SCILIF Sunfibre Lighting system houses a rechargeable power bank that beams out a bright orange glow. This intelligent feature adds to numerous reflective panels down the sides and on the sleeves to increase visibility 

See men's Electron

See women's Electron

Zephyr

Altura Zephyr

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It’s on display for you

It’s almost as if the Red Hot Chili Peppers knew of Altura’s stunning hardshell waterproof jacket when they penned their hit, The Zephyr Song, for as they sing, the Zephyr requires eyes on it.

A stretch jacket that is both waterproof and reflective, it looks as at home on a walk through an autumnal forest as it does helping a cyclist go from A to B. Fashion and practicality is at the core of this smart commuting jacket.

Boasting large areas of tonal reflective print that keep the rider visible even in low light, there is a ventilation system at the rear that provides breathability and keeps the rider fresh. With three pockets - two on the side and one in the chest area - this is a softshell commuting jacket that is hard to better.

See men's Zephyr

See women's Zephyr

Twister

Women's Twister coat

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The heavy rain is staying away but the air is nippy: a down jacket is always the way to go. 

Altura’s Twister can brag about its high-end 9.95 Tog warmth rating, enough to keep the chill at bay and permit pleasant riding conditions. A nylon ripstop outer shell, meanwhile, possesses a water-repellent coating that keeps the rider dry when scattered showers begin.

Like all the commuting jackets in the Altura range, the Twister looks as at home on the street as it does on the bike. It can very easily be mistaken for a standard hooded insulated jacket such is its casual smartness; the female version has a longer cut that scores it top marks on any fashion scale.

Reflective trims keep the rider visible in low light conditions, meaning the Twister really is the ideal, go-to jacket in the autumn, winter and spring.

See men's Twister

See women's Twister

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.


Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.