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The Altura Shore Indoor Training Men's Vest is a top aimed primarily at sessions on the turbo trainer, so offers impressive breathability and a relaxed fit for a breezy feel when being blasted by a fan. At just over twenty quid it's not expensive, either.
Indoor trainer clothing can be seen as a bit niche; after all, I've managed the last twenty years using the same bib shorts I would normally wear outside in the sun. If I wanted something on my upper body, I'd use a mesh summer baselayer.
This Altura offering works well, though. As a vest it uses a heavier weight material than a usual mesh baselayer, so I was initially concerned with overheating – something that proved unfounded, as the polyester material is actually very breathable.
Even during hard efforts it doesn't get massively overwhelmed with sweat, providing there's some airflow from a fan (or it's dry enough to have the turbo outside), and if it does get damp it soon dries.
The fit is relaxed, which I found to work well. While you are taking some of the material away from your skin for wicking purposes, it does give an airy feel which I found great when trying to cool down during recovery periods.
Size wise I usually find Altura a little more generous than many brands, and that is no different here. The cut sits close on the chest and shoulders, though, so it doesn't feel baggy – it's just a bit 'freer' around the lower half of the torso.
Overall, the finish is to a high standard with quality stitching throughout, and it's durable too. It'll cope with plenty of washing, something that this kind of top will see a lot of, although the antimicrobial finish does quash the smell of stale sweat so you won't need to wash it after every single ride.
What I especially like is the price, at just £22.50. Rapha's version, the flamboyantly-named Men's Indoor Training T-shirt, is also polyester and costs £38.
Other brands go down to the indoor jersey route too, as you can see from our indoor training buyer's guide.
Madison's Turbo Jersey is far more at £120, though can also be worn outside in the summer too. Saying that, this Altura will make a handy baselayer for the cooler months, too.
I'd say the Altura is better for indoor riding than just a standard baselayer, mostly thanks to its relaxed and airy fit. At just over twenty quid it's not over the top for a niche bit of kit either.
Cheap as chips, but the fit and fabric make it great for indoor training
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Altura Indoor Training Men's Vest
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Altura says, "A SLEEVELESS LIGHTWEIGHT VEST THAT'S PERFECT FOR TOUGH INDOOR WORKOUTS OR RACING DURING THE COLDER MONTHS. The new Altura Shore Indoor Training vest features high wicking fabrics, reduced seams and a relaxed fit to provide increased comfort when the temperature rises riding indoors. Alongside keeping you cooler and more comfortable, the mesh vest fabric includes a Silvadur antimicrobial finish to keep you fresh and to dispel odours from the hard ride."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- 100% Polyester
- Breathable mesh fabric
- Silvadur antimicrobial finish
- Relaxed fit
Altura's sizing is a bit more generous than most; just follow their guide and you'll be fine.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No problems at all with keeping it clean.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The fit and the fabric keep you feeling comfortable on the turbo.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Rapha's version is almost twice the price, and other brand's indoor jerseys are also more expensive.
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 overall score
This is a quality piece of kit that is very well priced.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for road.cc, off-road.cc and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!