Altura Women's Night Vision Evo Waterproof Jacket  £99.99

8/10

Good value for money for a high performance commuting waterproof. Highly visible and comfortable, but make sure the fit suits your body shape

Weight 436g   Contact  www.zyro.co.uk

by Leonie Jennings   November 5, 2012  

Altura Womens Night Vision Evo jacket

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Altura are known for producing good value kit that performs well for the money. The Night Vision Evo is just one below the company's top notch waterproof jacket (the Sirius Plus at £129.99) and as such is aimed at the more serious commuter, or rider looking for long duration protection from the elements and a comfortable ride.

It's an inoffensive looking jacket, with plenty of cycling specific features, such as huge amounts of reflective accenting, and the bright colour options (as well as good old black).

Features include part elasticated/part Velcro fastening cuffs, hip drawstring, two zipped side pockets that double as underarm ventilation, a rear lumbar pocket, vents across the shoulder area and a fuzzy patch to which you can stick the Velcro fastening Lightstick LED that comes with the jacket (a removable hi-viz gadget that flashes red). The collar is fleecy lined too, for cold weather comfort.

The fit of the Night Vision Evo is on the generous side, with a UK10 being equivalent to most manufacturers' size 12 (it's available in sizes UK8-18), with plenty of room for layering. That said, the fit is quite straight up and down, making it better suited to those with an athletic broad shoulders/narrow hips physique. It doesn't sit quite as well on a more curvy frame.

On the bike, this is a good midweight jacket, which was neither too warm nor too cold, making it handy for three season use. The combination of the mesh lining and soft-touch waterproof fabric meant it was comfortable against the skin, and it was genuinely breathable enough to mean I didn't get sweaty on the inside when wearing short sleeves under it in warmer conditions, yet it dealt quickly with moisture vapour with long sleeves too.

The side pockets with mesh lining doubled up nicely for a bit of extra ventilation. The sheer amount of reflective bits and pieces on it, coupled with the flashing doo dah on the back made me as visible as I possibly could be - given that I was obviously completely invisible by dint of riding a bike in the first place (sorry...rant over).

I particularly liked the reflectivity on the sleeves, which many manufacturers seem to overlook, despite its importance in helping to make hand signals visible after dark. The only little niggle I had was that the Lightstick LED gizmo doesn't have a replaceable battery, meaning you have to bin it and buy a new one (£9.99) once it runs out of juice, something the eco-miser in me isn't happy with. I also found the main zip a little on the stiff side for easy on-the-fly operation.

At £99.99 it provides very good value for money for a cycling specific waterproof, with all the bells and whistles, whilst being really comfortable and effective.

Verdict

Good value for money for a high performance commuting waterproof. Highly visible and comfortable, but make sure the fit suits your body shape.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Altura Women's Night Vision Evo Waterproof Jacket

Size tested: 10

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?

Aimed at regular commuters looking for comfort, reliable protection from the elements and visibility.

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

100% Polyester waterproof fabric

Soft touch 2 layer fabric with mesh liner

Zipped side pockets double as underarm ventilation

Rear shoulder vents

Reflective accents

Night Vision Lightstick LED included (fastens with velcro to jacket)

Optional hood available separately

Rear zipped lumbar pocket

Sizes UK8-18

Machine Washable at 30 (non-bio)

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Very tough and well made, from good quality fabric. Zips a bit on the stiff side.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Performed very well. Kept me dry and comfortable without overheating.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Should last well.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

a pretty good weight considering it's a serious conditions jacket, rather than a lightweight occasional use garment.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Pleasant to wear fabric and breathed well.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Good value for money for a genuinely breathable jacket that'll last for years.

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

Performed excellently as a commuter jacket for weather protection and extra visibility.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Visibility, fabric, breathability.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Cut (just didn't suit me), zip was stiff, non-replaceable battery in LED Lightstick.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Probably.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, especially one with an athletic build.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Effective and highly visible. A sound investment for any regular commuter.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,

 

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Having moaned about the non-replaceable battery in the LED lightstick, I've just found it IS replaceable, just a bit fiddly to get the protective plastic sleeve open! So, I reckon it gets some points back for that!!

posted by Leonie Jennings [298 posts]
8th January 2013 - 9:22

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