Altura Transformer Windproof Jacket


Hot on the heels of our recent review of the Altura Synchro shorts, we decided to test the brand further fancying a jacket-cum-gilet. In a sea of either black, white or red women's clothing this winter it was a delight to find this item in two colour ways - black/purple & fuschia/white.


Altura Transformer Jacket


So let us first describe this almost perfect piece of clothing.  It’s made of thin, stretchy material with windproof React fabric front and arms panels, this is also water repellent and breathable  too.  The rear is a thinner fabric allowing heat out and sweat to evaporate, but if you get too hot and open the zip, the jacket doesn't act as a sail. Other features include three open pockets on the rear, plus a zip pocket, which is perfect for keys etc.  The full-length zip has a tidy zip garage at the top and a puller that can easily be operated when wearing thick gloves.


The cunning trick this jacket has up its sleeve (ha ha!) is that the sleeves zip off - there are two short zips down the front of each shoulder and a popper on each sleeve. This clever design allows the sleeves to come off in one piece, so you can tuck them in your back pocket and carry on riding. You’re left with a windproof fronted gilet with short sleeves that looks just like a short-sleeved jersey. Cleverly the decorative high viz reflective patterns continue across the newly exposed short sleeves too.


We think the Transformer jacket has the potential to be one of the most useful items in our cycling wardrobe.  The styling works well for both road & mountain biking and the only small reservation we have is the popper on each sleeve attached to material that is a bit too light to bear a lot of popping on & off - but we haven't actually had any problems yet.


So as a windproof (water repellent and highly breathable) jacket the Transformer is excellent - very light & comfortable, and basically, whilst not cheap, this jacket is a thing of functional & aesthetic beauty.



Cost: £79.99

Sizing: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

Colours: Pink/white, Black/purple


Performance: 10/10
Value: 9/10

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