Altura Airstream Jacket review - an inexpensive emergency layer

The Airstream scrunches up small and provides reasonable protection from the elements - although its durability may prove an issue

Image shows a rider wearing the Altura Airstream Jacket
(Image credit: Myles Warwood)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

With mesh panels on the side to aid breathability, this is a jacket to help keep off road spray rather than a downpour. A budget top layer which can be ripped off and stashed away with ease. However, bottom-budget jackets don’t always have the durability you require.

Reasons to buy
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Reasons to avoid
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    Mesh panels allow water ingress

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    Durability woes

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With spring and summer around the corner, having a lightweight, stuffable jacket in our back pockets is convenient. However, most of us don’t want to be spending the big bucks. Altura, though, seems to have an answer in its Airstream Jacket...

Super lightweight and packing down small, the Airstream is ready to break out if the heavens do open - this jacket is designed as a handy emergency option, whilst also being a windproof buffer in colder conditions. 

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Myles Warwood is a cycling journalist, automotive journalist and videographer. He writes for Cycling Weekly, Cyclist and Car magazine.