Altura Vapour Waterproof Jacket  £119.00

9/10

Rain cape that isn't - superb fit, good breathability and weather protection

Weight 208g   Contact  www.zyro.co.uk

by John Whittington   April 10, 2014  

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Altura's Vapour Waterproof jacket breaks away from their commuter range with a stylish performance cut and stretch fit. How does it fare in the British rain?

Rain jackets have come on a lot in the last couple of years. Gone are the baggy layers of plastic with a striking resemblance to a bin bag, replaced by close fitting technical materials. The Vapour jacket has a fit a lot like a race cut jacket, neatly hugging the chest, shoulders and arms. A material with a slight stretch is what allows the jacket to create this superb fit.

Stretch fit isn't uncommon on other garments these days but on a rain jacket is quite unusual. When you think about the material stretching, you'd expect little pores to open up and let water in. Multiple layers prevent this happening, with a waxy finish on the outside and a membrane inner. It works excellently at keeping the rain out while allowing moisture to wick away. It's not perfect letting the heat out (what good rain jackets are?) but thankfully, it packs up small so once it does stop raining you'll be able to stuff it in a jersey pocket.

The multi-layer design makes the Vapour good wind protection layer too. I found myself wearing it on those questionable Spring days, when it looks like it'll rain and it's too cold for a gilet. Being able to wear a rain jacket like that is not something I would have considered before but the Vapour's tidy fit and breathability makes it possible.

In terms of other features, a full rear pocket with waterproof zip that will keep items dry is the only pocket on this simple jacket, other than a small inner chest pouch. Reflective strips on the arms and rear will help visibility and elastic cuffs on the wrist prevent rain and water running up the arms.

 

The Altura Vapour Waterproof has been great and has changed my perspective on Altura's clothing. It's a strong entry into performance clothing and something I could see myself wearing a lot - particularly because it's a rain jacket!

With a suggested price of £120 it has a performance price tag too and many might think that is a lot for a rain cape. I'd say it's not. The Vapour's versatility and tidy cut mean you'll wear this jacket a lot more than when it's just raining.

Verdict

Rain cape that isn't - superb fit, good breathability and weather protection.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Altura Vapour Waterproof Jacket

Size tested: Medium, Red

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Lightweight, packable waterproof shell in a full stretch fabric for a performance fit.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Lightweight, waterproof, highly breathable stretch 2.5 layer fabric

Close, performance fit

Chest and rear pockets

Back zip pocket

100% Polyester

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Very tidy with heat sealed seams on inner layer.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Quite expensive but is better value than just a rain jacket.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Perfect as a rain jacket and more.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The cut is more akin to a jersey. Material blowing in the wind is normally my main gripe with wearing a rain jacket: no problem here.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I'd probably prefer it if the Altura logo and rear pocket were a bit more understated.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 25  Height: 184cm  Weight: 68kg

I usually ride: Giant TCR Advanced 1  My best bike is: Giant TCR Advanced 1

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Semi pro

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, club rides, mtb,

 

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I'm a bit disappointed by the conventional orthography. They could've called it the Vaypah. Or maybe the Vaypr.

Noli porcum linguere

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posted by captain_slog [279 posts]
10th April 2014 - 20:35

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captain_slog wrote:
I'm a bit disappointed by the conventional orthography. They could've called it the Vaypah. Or maybe the Vaypr.

Only conventional in the sense of the 'correct' English spelling...in US it would have been VAPOR...

so Altura have, in essence' alluded to POURing rain...hence VaPOUR.....
Laughing Laughing Laughing

The_Kaner
FREEEEEEEEDOM!

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posted by The _Kaner [486 posts]
11th April 2014 - 12:17

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I've just picked up one of these in the Evans' sale for £60. Looking forward to giving it a try.

posted by richcc [45 posts]
2nd September 2014 - 17:03

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How dare you look forward to rain!

posted by barbarus [32 posts]
2nd September 2014 - 17:12

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