Sportful's new Attitude jacket is a good choice for a wide range of weather conditions with sufficient insulation down to a few degrees above zero, and good breathability when it warms up, all wrapped up with a great fit and smart styling.
The Attitude is made from Gore Windstopper 4 Way Mid which provides excellent windproofing properties as well as being super-warm on chilly rides. As is common with many jackets made from Windstopper fabric, it has the fit and feel of a jersey, it's very comfortable to wear.
Fit in the body and arms is really good, with the cuffs arriving up close to my hands once pulled on and providing a nice wrap around my wrists. The torso fits well, the size medium fitting as generally expected of Sportful garments (and compares well to other brands) and it's helped by the stretch properties of the Gore fabric.
Insulation is really good. That's just as well because there's only really space for a base layer underneath, I switched between short sleeve and long sleeve base layers to suit the conditions. Sportful gives a temperature range of 5 and 15 °C and my testing recently has taken in pretty much that entire range, and it copes well at both ends of it.
It's warm enough to fend off the harsh coldness of a pre-sunrise early start ride, yet it doesn't boil you when the sun is up and the temp is in double figures. Sportful has added an interesting little trick, the addition of an inner 3D mesh fabric inside the front panels extending up into the shoulders and around, that boosts insulation without compromising breathability. It seems to work, it definitely kept me snugly warm on some cold rides, but how much difference it makes compared to a similar jacket without is debatable.
Gore Windstopper's water resistant benefits are well-known. For light showers and passing rain, the fabric will keep you drier longer than a regular thermal jacket will. It won't stand up to really heavy prolonged rain though, but it'll fend off the rain for a reasonable time. It does buy a bit more time before going for a dedicated rain jacket, however.
All those key features are wrapped up with some nice details. The back of the collar is constructed from a mesh fabric to prevent overheating in this area, useful if you're going like the clappers and generating a lot of heat. There's an elasticated waistband lined and generous reflective details, three large pockets with the two outer pockets made from mesh, and a high-quality YKK main zipper. There's no zipped pocket for valuables though.
Plus it's a good looking jacket as well. I like the contrast angled stripe design and I love this 'fire red' colour option, it really stands out on the road. There's a more subdued grey and black if you prefer as well.
if you've got £175 to spend you've got plenty of jackets to choose from in any bike shop but the the Attitude's features and performance stack up well for the price, which sits it somewhere in the middle of the market below the likes of the Castelli Alpha RoS - which costs a hundred pounds more, or the Galibier Gino Pro Wind Jacket. If you want a Windstopper jacket there's the excellent Gore Power 2.0 jacket but that doesn't quite offer the same level of insulation for colder days.
The Sportful Attitude is a really good jacket though for dealing with the typical range of UK winter conditions and is well featured and designed.
Warm and breathable winter jacket with top comfort, fit and style - good price too
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful Attitude Jacket
Size tested: red, small
Tell us what the jacket 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?
The offers excellent protection from rain and winter weather, thanks to the combination of external Gore® Windstopper® fabric and an inner 3D mesh structure. All in a style that will not go unnoticed.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the jacket?
Gore® Windstopper® 4 Way Mid combined with 3D mesh fabric in front for outstanding warmth and thermoregulation
3 back pockets
3D mesh fabric finishing at back of neck
Reflective trim at top of pockets for visibility
Very well constructed, no issues at all
Top performance in typical cold and windy UK conditions and can handle a bit of rain too
Nothing to report so far
It's not waterproof but the Windstopper is water resistant, enough to deal with light showers
The jacket scores really well on being breathable, whether you encounter a wild temperature swing during a long ride or smash up hills constantly
I found the fit, perhaps on the close side, to be ideal
It sized up as expected
It makes riding in the cold and wind more comfortable
It's certainly not cheap but it's not the most expensive, it scores well on the performance to price ratio
How easy is the jacket to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No problems going in a regular machine wash
Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Keeps you warm and protected from the weather without getting hot and clammy
Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket
I also love the bold styling and the bright red, it's a good looking stylish jacket
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the jacket
My only quibble, and it's the usual one, is the lack of a zipped valuables pocket
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Compares well to other similarly priced jackets, as jackets costing quite a bit more
Did you enjoy using the jacket? Yes
Would you consider buying the jacket? Yes
Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The Sportful Attitude is simply a good choice for dealing with typical winter conditions we as cyclists have to face, with good insulation and breathability to deal with a range of conditions
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 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, touring, mtb,
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.