Altura Nightvision Women's Over Trouser review

Great trousers with impressive reflective detailing, but let down somewhat by the pockets

Altura Nightvision Women's Over Trouser
(Image credit: Emma Silversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Altura’s Nightvision Women’s Over Trousers offer great protection in rainy weather. With good levels of breathability and superb reflective detailing, it’s almost difficult to not recommend them. The pocket design isn’t great though; prolonged, very heavy rain eventually finds its way in at the hip. It’s real shame since many people will have a preference for pockets on a jacket rather than trousers, so they don’t necessarily need to be there.

Reasons to buy
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    Good for low light conditions

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    Decent waterproofing

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Reasons to avoid
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    Pockets don't handle very heavy rain

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While the Altura Women's Nightvision Over Trousers aren’t the quickest to pull on in a hurry. For nine out of 10 occasions, they are worth the effort. They keep your normal clothes perfectly dry without causing you to overheat, making them ideal for commuters looking for the best waterproof cycling trousers for the job. Unfortunately, if the rain is exceptionally heavy, pocket ingress occurs. Given the increasing occurrences of storms that we seem to be experiencing, these trousers aren't really an 'all-weather' option and could do with being refined.

Altura Women's Nightvision Over Trousers: fit and construction

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.