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Altura's Peloton Long Sleeve Jersey is a brilliant piece of kit that adds a well-fitting layer to any winter ensemble. The Thermosuede fabric is super-soft, breathable and keeps you warm. At this price, it's a real winner.
As well as being warm, the material is nicely stretchy for a perfect riding fit. The aesthetics are understated and should match any your other kit. I found it excellent in multiple conditions, and easy to pair with other garments.
The first thing I noticed when putting it on was the fit. It's perfectly contoured, with a shorter front section and lower rear. This gives it a really nice feel when on the bike. It's cut using Altura's ErgoFit 3D patterning, which the company says is 'engineered for a more comfortable riding position'. On the bike, I had no issues with the sleeves riding up my arms – a bugbear of mine – so my wrists stayed nice and warm. The stretch in the fabric also meant fitting gloves underneath was very easy.
I found it was good for riding on days ranging between 15 and 5°C. Below this, I simply paired it with a gilet or rain jacket. The fabric isn't windproof but it does take the sting out of chills. The big benefit of this is that the jersey is very breathable; I've been using it a lot for pre-riding cyclo-cross courses before the race and it's coped very well with hard efforts.
Altura has included 'strategically located retroreflective trims' as a small safety element. This detailing is located on the back of the arms and torso, and provides just enough reflective material without compromising the fabric's breathability. If you want more, Altura has that covered with its Night Vision Long Sleeve Jersey.
The three rear pockets are made of an elastic fabric, but it's less stretchy than the rest of the jersey, which helped to keep the contents inside the pockets. There is also a zippered pocket, which I found a perfect size for my iPhone (5S) and cash.
The slightly snug fit is what Altura defines as its 'Sport' fit. It's close fitting around both the chest and shoulders, then tapers slightly to the waist, giving a comfortable if slightly relaxed fit. The close fit on the shoulders is helped by the rolled construction and was very good when I was shouldering my CX bike. There's none of that on the road, but it's good to have a versatile jersey.
That's one of the best things about the Peloton Jersey. You can use it from autumn through to the end of spring for many different rides. The fit is close but comfortable and the sleeves are long enough to keep the wrists toasty. As it's not windproof, I had no issues with overheating. The styling is subtle and goes with lots of other kit. It's the perfect jersey for pairing with other kit to suit any situation that the Great British weather can throw at you.
Great value jersey you can wear from autumn through until spring, on the road or off, fast or slow...
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Altura Peloton Long Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium, Black
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?
From Altura: "A Sport Fit jersey in Altura Thermosuede fabrics that offers superior thermoregulation and easy access rear storage pockets."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Altura Thermo™ technology using thermosuede fabrics delivers body warming insulation and warmth, to maintain core thermoregulation, keeping you warm, dry and comfortable
* ErgoFit™ 3D patterning engineered for a more comfortable riding position
* Strategically located retroreflective trims for increased visibility
* Triple rear pockets with an additional zippered pocket
* Strategically located retroreflective trims for increased visibility
* Sport Fit
I had no tears or pulled threads, even after some CX abuse.
I've been using this for all types of riding in varying conditions. It's kept me nice and warm, but it's still breathable.
The zipper is well made and nothing shows any sign of failing.
Altura has got this spot on for me. It's tighter where you need it, on the arms and shoulders, but slightly more relaxed around the waist.
My medium was very well proportioned with nice long arms.
It's not too heavy but it's not the lightest. But it's a thermal jersey.
Seriously good kit for a very good price.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
I washed it and tumble-dried it and it has held its shape very well.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It kept me warm without overheating on harder efforts and cimbs.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit is just right and the material super-soft.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I'd maybe like an inch off the front, but that's picky.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
I really wasn't expecting this level of comfort and such a good fit for this money. If I'd been told it cost over £100, I'd still have said it was good value. The fit is a perfect blend of aero and comfort. The fabric is super-soft, it's breathable and still keeps you warm.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.