Review: Altura Nightvision Storm women’s jacket

Pros: Good fit, useful pockets. Cons: Navy inconspicuous on dim days
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Review: Altura Nightvision Storm women’s jacket

A smart, waterproof commuting jacket in a less conspicuous colour. Corra Boushel reviews the Altura Nightvision Storm women’s jacket

Altura Nightvision Storm women’s jacket £79.99 


As a city worker in northern climes, I coveted one of those smart cycling jackets that makes you look like a professional grown-up but is also practical for soggy cycle commutes. The ‘navy’ – I would call it more a beautiful teal – Altura Nightvision Storm Women’s Waterproof Jacket seemed to offer just that. The fit is neat, the colour is gorgeous, and the subtle reflective silver squares on the shoulders and sleeves give night-time visibility.

The fit is ‘relaxed’, meaning I could comfortably fit a jumper and thin fleece as inside layers – no need for skintight lycra here. Despite the roominess, the tailoring on the Nightvision Storm still feels classy. You could walk into the office (whenever that may be!) without looking like you had fallen off a mountain or stewarded a festival en route.

There are pockets at the chest, side, and back. The fleece lining on the collar is cosy, with enough space for a scarf to keep out drafts. Being a perennially cold person and testing this jacket in November, I could not assess the full extent of the breathability. But on a longer ride the underarm vents and fabric seemed to cope well. I didn’t become sweaty.

However, the styling that’s the jacket’s most appealing feature wasn’t so good on grey mornings, when the discreet colour made me feel invisible to drivers. While the reflective squares are set off by headlights in darkness, winter daylight makes them almost invisible. On busy city roads, I found myself wishing for my unsophisticated hi-vis tabard to wear on top.

The lack of reflective squares on the back makes sense if you ride with a backpack, but as a pannier user I missed having a big reflective panel here for drivers behind to spot. To feel confident on busy roads, I went back to hi-vis. It’s worth noting, however, that the jacket is also available in bright yellow, as well as either light blue (women’s) or burgundy (men’s). Sizes: women’s 8-18, men’s S-XXXL.

Verdict

The navy colour is classy for city rides but left me feeling invisible on grey winter days. I’d prefer the hi-vis yellow version and would like even more reflectivity.

Other options

Endura WMS Urban Luminite Jacket £59.99


Available in blue or yellow, this jacket has reflective panels on the arms, back, and collar. 

B’Twin 500 Waterproof Urban Cycling Jacket £54.99


Hooded jacket in hi-vis yellow with reflectivity on the chest, back, and arms. 

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