A great jersey that hits the mark in most regards
There are only three cons that I can think of for the Altura Podium Elite jersey, so let’s get them out of the way early. Firstly the price, which at £75 might seem a little high at first. Secondly, the grippers on the shoulders and the bottom of the jersey, as they don’t really work perfectly both on the M and the S size I tried. Thirdly, when I rode faster, the fabric at the shoulder flapped a little bit.
That said, don’t be frightened because unless you are a very picky buyer, you can easily get along with these few imperfections. The price, on the other hand, is more personal. With its background in commuter clothing, you might think that £75 is quite a bit for an Altura jersey. However, the company has really stepped up in the last couple of year, sponsoring British pro continental team ONE Pro Cycling, and that price tag is probably justified.
The Altura Podium Elite is definitely a great jersey, which fits well on the body, and is both comfortable and breathable. Moreover, I found the five rear pockets simply brilliant as the two around the sides of the jersey are very easy to reach and perfect for stashing for gels and smaller bars. In a race scenario, or even when you’re riding with your friends and you want to grab your food faster, these two pockets are just perfect. It is the first time I’ve seen this option on a jersey and I’m still wondering why no one else has thought of it earlier.
I tried the red and black model (being Italian I associate it with AC Milan colours), but the jersey comes also in black and white (and being a Juventus fan I should have probably gone with this one), or yellow and green (for those who are not into their Italian football.
In terms of textile, the Altura Podium Elite jersey features three different stretch materials with the one of the back being lightweight to the point of almost being see-through for excellent breathability.
For more details visit the Altura website.
It may be a little expensive, but the quality of the Altura Podium Elite jersey justifies its price. The quality of the material is unquestionable and its comfort and performance as well. The five rear main pockets (and an extra zipped one) are really smart.