Altura Nightvision Electron men's jacket review - a truly bright idea

The addition of wearable lighting turns a great jacket literally into a brilliant one

Altura Electron Jacket
(Image credit: Simon Smythe)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Altura Electron jacket can be used in many 'normal' life situations as well as when cycling. Since it's not cheap at £190, this gives it a much better £/use ratio compared to a cycling-only jacket. It handles inclement weather with ease. I have enjoyed its features and versatility a lot, but it is the SCILIF wearable optic fibre lighting that has really impressed me.

Reasons to buy
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    Lighting is very visible

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    Comfortable all purpose jacket

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    Can be washed (without battery)

Reasons to avoid
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    Would like a hanging hook

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    USB-C input on battery please (not micro)

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    Would like a key loop in Napoleon pocket

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    Base of jacket cinching not that secure, it slips a bit

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    Wiring block in tail could be more flexible

The Altura Electron is a waterproof and breathable Jacket (opens in new tab) with a relaxed everyday commuter cut. It has the features that you'd expect from a similarly purposed garment yet it costs £190. How much...?  

You could get an equivalent cycle-commuting (opens in new tab) jacket for around half that price but you be missing out on the Altura Electron's USP, which is that it has two strips of optic fibre from SCILIF (opens in new tab)(manufacturer of 'wearable active lighting technology') that run from the front of, and over your shoulder, and down to your waist. 

Altura's aim is to increase visibility in low light conditions and whilst it can't replace a rear light (primarily as that is a legal requirement) it should enhance how well other road users can see you, particularly on busy commutes.

Altura Nightvision Electron jacket: construction and features

The jacket is well made from a 10K-rated waterproof and breathable fabric and it has taped seams. It has a relaxed fit, a storable hood (which can be detached) and Velcro-adjustable cuffs. 

It also has a fleece-lined front and side panels, a zipped chest pocket as well as two zipped hand pockets. There is also a vent across the shoulders to aid breathability.

Man wearing the Altura Nightvision Electron jacket seen from the rear

Vent across shoulders and wiring block in drop tail of Jacket. Lights are on high in daylight

(Image credit: K Grele)

The lights