Altura Grid Parka Waterproof Jacket - a bike commuting and everyday crossover coat that works

The Grid Parka is good for cycling and great for mooching around the shops like a mid-1990s indie band member

A man with a beard wearing an Altura Grid Parka in a garage
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Altura's Grid Parka manages to pull off the tricky feat of being both a really practical waterproof for urban riding and a coat you'll happily wear when the bike is still locked in the shed. With 10k waterproofing and taped seams it does a great job of keeping the rain out, while the same rating for breathability stops moisture build up from the inside. It'll cover a suit jacket - if that's your commuting thing - and covers your rear, so great if you eschew mudguards and fenders. This tester also things it looks pretty good too.

Reasons to buy
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    Looks great on- and off-bike

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    Highly waterproof

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    Excellent coverage

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    Deep pockets

Reasons to avoid
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    Limited reflectivity

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    Hood isn't helmet friendly

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    Any colour as long as it's olive

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After 15 years as a bike journalist I have owned a large number of waterproof cycling jackets. After 32 years as an adult human I've also owned a much larger number of 'coats'. That doesn't necessarily make me an expert in either field but, I reckon it does mean I'm vaguely knowledgeable enough to deliver a verdict on outerwear apparel that sits in both spheres of what could be vaguely termed 'fashion'. 

The Parka is part of the Altura's latest Grid range which was launched in the Autumn, with the brand claiming that the products had 'been engineered for those who want to transition from bike to an urban setting seamlessly.'

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Content Director

Rob has been Content Director of Cycling Weekly - and stablemates Bikeperfect, and MBR - since May 2021. Before that he spent two years in similar role at Bikeradar, which followed 12-years as Editor-in-chief of Cycling Plus magazine and eight years at Runner's World. In his time as a cycling journalist he's ridden from London to Paris at least twice, London to Bristol once, completed the Fred Whitton Challenge, L'Etape du Tour and Maratona dles Dolomites. He's also jumped into the broom-wagon at La Marmotte and Oetzaler Radmarathon.