Waterproof cycling jacket
Now that the clocks have gone back if you’re commuting there is a good chance one, if not both legs of your journey are going to be in the dark. Lights are one way to go but even when you are light up like a carnival float you’ll still get the SMIDSY shout, what you need as a backup are good reflectives. New brand Proviz have gone for plenty of both. Roadcc reviewed the Proviz rucksack recently and the waterproof jacket here follows in the same vein, a hi-viz and hugely reflective piece of kit whose party piece is electroluminescent strips.
Altura’s Flite jacket is a new addition to the Night Vision range. Aimed at ‘the fast commuter or safety conscious road rider’ it fills the gap between the full blown Night Vision Evo waterproof and the Night Vision windproof jackets.
First things first: this jacket works. The first time we used it was on a 200-mile super-mountainous ride in the Pyrenees when it rained for hours on end, and it kept the water out without any trouble. A couple of months, several wet rides and a few spins through the washing machine later and it’s still doing the business.
Having lived in Southsea, Portsmouth I can see why dhb would name a waterproof jacket after that stretch of British coastline, it was always bloody raining as I remember it! Urban style is maybe not something you'd immediately associate with Southsea though, but this jacket has plenty, it's dhb's take on the cycling jacket that works just as well off the bike too.