We love our bike gear because it keeps us comfortable in the saddle. Unfortunately, our favourite kit isn’t always designed with fashion in mind, making it less than ideal for socialising – as much as we love cycling, there are times we don’t want to look like a cyclist.
Luckily, Altura (opens in new tab)’s new Grid Collection can help. This exciting range of versatile jackets, hoodies and trousers has been built with all the technical features you demand in high-quality cycling clothing, but also designed to be stylish enough to wear to the office or when you’re meeting up with (non-cyclist) friends.
Here’s everything you need to know about Altura’s versatile new Grid Collection.
Altura Grid Field Men’s Jacket (opens in new tab)
The classic styling and smart, tailored feel of this showerproof jacket are designed to make you look good, whether you’re arriving at the office or heading out after work. Beyond the smart appearance, however, the Altura Grid Field is packed with the sort of technical features you demand in a cycling jacket.
Made from 100% responsibly sourced cotton fabric, the Grid Field features a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating to keep the rain off, while the high, stand-up collar is designed to protect you from the wind. Four generously sized lidded pockets provide plenty of space for your essentials, while a subtle reflective print ensures you’ll be seen when you’re out on the road.
Grid Parka Waterproof Jacket (men’s (opens in new tab) and women’s (opens in new tab) versions available)
This parka-style cycling shell is built to look stylish whatever your evening plans, but it’s also got the technical credentials to make sure you’re dry when you reach your destination. With its longer length and relaxed fit, it’s designed to give you maximum protection from the elements.
The Altura Grid Parka boasts all the waterproofing properties you’d expect, including a DWR coating, taped seams and an adjustable hood. But it’s also constructed to keep you cool, with 10k-rated breathable fabric and built-in pit zips to maximise air flow. Storage won’t be a problem, either, because the Grid Parka features two hand pockets and a zipped chest pocket.
Grid Half Zip Softshell Hoodie (men’s (opens in new tab) and women’s (opens in new tab) versions available)
The relaxed fit and half-zip style of this stylish hoodie make sure it’s entirely suitable for a casual evening with friends. Available in stylish colour ways (light grey for women, carbon/olive and blue/grey for men), it’s also an extremely versatile softshell layer that’ll help protect you from showers if you’re heading out on the bike. Beyond its water-repelling DWR coating and adjustable hood, the Grid Half Zip Softshell Hoodie will help keep you warm when the temperature drops, using thermal grid fleece to trap warmth in the top, while allowing plenty of air flow to ensure you don’t overheat. The design also features areas of reflective print, subtle enough that they don’t compromise your style while they’re keeping you safer on the road.
Although they’re built for maximum comfort when you’re in the saddle, the contemporary urban styling of these versatile softshell pants ensures you’ll look great when you’re off your bike, too. Although the tapered leg design works as up-to-the-minute streetwear, it has the added benefit of helping you avoid troublesome chain snags. The pants’ water repellent DWR coating also helps to protect you from showers, while the technical thermal fleece fabric prevents you getting chilly. And you can rest assured that you’ll be seen on the road, thanks to reflective areas that make you more visible as the nights draw in.
Find out more about Altura’s new Grid Collection at www.altura.co.uk (opens in new tab)
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