Altura has performance cyclists in its sights with its expanded RaceLine range of high-end cycle clothing, the highlight of the company’s latest autumn/winter 2013 range.
Altura has always offered keen value and nice, designed in the UK, clothing. This newly expanded range looks to follow that trend with a push into a higher price bracket for the brand, with the same good attention to detail we're used to We're getting some in for review soon, in the meantime here's a quick look at the highlights.
The RaceLine Windproof jacket (£119.99) is a lightweight windproof jacket with a water resistant front panel and stretchy thermal material in the rear panels. It’s offered in an ergonomic cut to best fit a cyclists in a low slung riding position. It has three pockets plus one zipped pocket.
The RaceLine Gilet (£49.99) is ergonomically designed with a stretchy mesh rear panel and waterproof and windproof front panels. It is designed to increase the versatility of your riding outfit, and packs up small when not needed.
The RaceLine Windproof gloves (£34.99) are, as their name suggests, a wind-resistant winter glove with a low profile design and are ergonomically ‘sculpted’ to offer a good fit. They have a long stretchy cuff.
These three items join existing RaceLine products including the RaceLine Long Sleeve jersey above (£69.99), RaceLine Bib tights below (£99.99 with insert, £84.99 without insert).
Not tagged with the RaceLine name but still similarly pitched at performance cyclists, is the new Vapour Jacket (£119.99), Progel Shield Bib tights (£89.99) and Thermas Stretch Neoprene gloves (£25.99).
The Vapour jacket is billed as a lightweight and packable windproof shell, ideal for those times when the weather takes a turn for the worse. It uses a stretchy 2.5 layer fabric with a performance fitted cut. There’s three pockets, one on the chest, one around the back and a zipped rear pocket. Lots of reflective details too.
Made from a thermal material, the Progel Shield interestingly feature a waterproof seat panel to prevent getting a soggy bottom when riding in the rain. It’s a stretchy waterproof panel so shouldn’t hinder fit or pedalling articulation. There is a Progel multi-density stretch insert inside.
Neoprene gloves are good in the rain, and these are made from a high stretch neoprene with a reinforced printed palm.
See the full range at www.zyro.co.uk/altura . We'll be getting some of these new clothing in for review soon so watch out for those.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.