Altura Three/60 Jacket and Five/40 Waterproof Shorts - Review

Mar 6, 2017
by David Arthur  

Altura is a small British clothing company that has quietly been turning out nicely designed and decently priced mountain bike clothing for a number of years. It might not have the pedigree of some more well-known brands, but what it lacks in kudos it makes up for with functional clothing that is well suited to adverse weather conditions, with prices that won’t send the comments section into overdrive.

Altura Three/60 Windproof Jacket Details
• Altura Shield and Thermo thermosuede fabric
• ErgoFit 3D
• Zippered chest pockets
• Internal media port
• Relaxed Fit
• Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL
• Price: £99 UK

Altura Five/40 Waterproof Shorts Details
• Altura Shield technology
• Reflective trims
• Relaxed Fit
• Zippered hand pockets
• Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL
• Price: £69 UK
• Contact: Altura
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The Three/60 Windproof Jacket is one of a number of jackets Altura offers to suit different requirements. This one is made from Altura’s own Shield windproof and water resistant fabric, a mid-weight material with a thermosuede lining to provide a little extra insulation to keep you warm on chilly rides. The jacket has a relaxed shape and there’s plenty of space for layering. You get three zippered pockets on the front, the chest pocket has a media port for listening to tunes on the trail, and there’s a hood for when the weather turns really bad.

For the Five/40 Waterproof Shorts, Altura has used its own waterproof fabric with all seams taped to keep out the rain. They have a relaxed fit and easily accommodate a set of knee pads, and there are two velcro adjusting tabs on the waistband. The back is cut high and there’s a stretchy horizontal panel of fabric across the top of the butt to improve the fit. A pair of zippered hand pockets provide storage options or somewhere to keep your hands warm when waiting for the uplift. The waistband is lined with a serious of snaps that are compatible with padded short linings that Altura also offers.

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Plenty of pockets for storing things.

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There's an adjustable hood, but it's not removable

I’ve been grinding through the winter mud and seemingly constant rain for a few months now and the jacket and shorts have coped impeccably. They’ve been caked in mud, dragged across the ground and put through many washing machine cycles and are still going strong.

While it’s not waterproof, the jacket is water resistant enough to cope with short showers and some light rain, and it shrugs off puddle splashes. But where the jacket excels is in dealing with cold and windy conditions. It provides adequate insulation for coping with really cold rides and means you get away with minimal layers, helping to boost the comfort. A generous fit means there’s space to accommodate a few layers underneath if you do need extra warmth. It passed my breathability tests for fast-paced rides, with just a long sleeve base layer underneath proving a good setup.

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The shorts' waterproof fabric keeps you dry and is hardwearing.

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The adjustable waistband provides a good fit.

It’s a well-shaped jacket with a good length in the arms and body, and it's comfortable for all sorts of riding from XC blasts to a day in the bike park. You don’t get a stack of features but just enough to make it nice to live with, such as the tall collar to keep your neck covered up on colder rides and the hood when you need to hunker down against bad weather. It's a shame the hood isn't removable, but it's unobtrusive if you never use it. The chest pocket is an ideal place to store your smartphone so it’s easily accessible for a spot of Instagramming. Elasticated cuffs stop cold air sneaking up the arms.

I’m a fan of waterproof shorts for winter riding. I don’t know how I managed before Gore invented the concept all those years ago. Altura's fabric is a bit heavier than summer weight shorts, but they don’t feel heavy, and the material keeps you dry and is tough enough to not instantly wear out with all the grinding paste of mud. While breathability is reduced compared to normal shorts, I never got too warm; there’s two massive vents at the bottom of the shorts that provide plenty of cooling air.

When it comes to fit, Altura got it right with the Five/40 shorts. They’re loose enough be really comfortable on the bike, whether you’re doing an all-day cross-country ride in adverse weather, yet sit well with knee pads when sessioning the jumps and downhill tracks. The fit is easily adjusted with the large velcro bands on the waist. The raised rear panel provides lower back protection when you’re plowing through deep puddles and kicking up loads of spray.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesAltura's jacket and shorts are a comfortable outfit with impressive adverse weather capabilities. Both pieces have held up well, and still look box fresh despite being regularly dragged through countless muddy rides. Best of all, the prices are easier to swallow than what many other bike brands charge for a similar level of performance. - David Arthur


  • + 58
 Finally something with a price I'd consider buying. Not $500 for a windbreaker.
  • - 19
flag karoliusz (Mar 7, 2017 at 3:52) (Below Threshold)
 Style has no price Smile
  • + 12
 Finally some riding gear that isn't line priced with Sram Eagle.
  • + 5
 Had the old attack shorts for maybe 2.5yrs, wearing them all year round and recently got the 540 shorts, they're a better fit, but the attacks seemed better waterproofed and more robust. You can still get the old ones from a few places online, if you can find them, they're probably the better bet.
  • + 7
 It's always hard to replace an old love. Gotta hate when you find the perfect piece of gear, wear it out and once you go to replace it find out it's no longer made, changed.. ect
  • + 6
 Thats what im talking about! Still have some coin left over for a park pass and a brew!
  • + 1
 For once the shorts are at decent a price. However, the wind jacket is a bit on the pricey side albeit having some good functionality. It doesn't say how much it weighs. You can get some really superlight windshirts that weigh anywhere between 80g to 200g and basically throw in tthe backpack without feeling any heavier and without the bulk. Even some ultralight waterproof jackets that weigh in around 200g are available for almost the same price as that Three/60 jacket. The jacket alone looks pretty nice, though.
  • + 1
 I just found out the Three/60 jacket weighs about 540g. That's very heavy for a windblocker jacket. You can get a Columbia Titanium, Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Ion, or a North Face Venture rain shell for lighter weight and still have full waterproof protection. Also, the Altura Three/60 is not packable. The rain shells I listed are all packable.

You may think 540g is not heavy, but it's over a pound of dead weight that you have to carry around and when it's not packable, it just takes up even more room in your backpack. So, for over $100USD or $150CAD, it's definitely not a good price and not a good gear at all.
  • + 4
 Looks great and great value, I'm at a loss as to how we are all going to start an argument on this thread? Any ideas?
  • - 1
 I heard that Altura colluded with the Russian government to design their product. It came from an unnameable, non-existent source and I have no proof, but I thought everyone on Pinkbike should know so they can hate him, I mean Altura, like I hate him! Clinton News Network will confirm my findings within the hour.

-think that'll get em going?
  • + 1
 Waterproof shorts that sit at the knee or slightly below when standing are irritating when riding, having owned Sugoi shorts that are just under the knee cap, I was happy to upgrade to a pair of knickers (mid calf when standing), as water would just find its way up and into the most uncomfortable spot. Also wet knees suck.
  • + 1
 I have some Altura products (maybe like 5-6), some are really realy nice (transformer windproof jacket, or windproof jacket with hood) with great value, some are not that great. The older Attack waterresistent shorts are sized way off and the shape is quite boxy (in a bad way). But overall I had quite good experience with the brand. Also helps when you buy for clearance prices. Smile
  • + 1
 I bought an Altura jacket a couple of years ago. The zip failed within a year and three of the seams came undone. Maybe they have corrected these issues. Awesome jacket when it was working, but not very durable, especially for mountain biking.
  • + 2
 i'm surprised no one has mentioned the lack of neon/pastel colours? going from the extreme of tld 80s rave scene to basic black altura
  • + 1
 My first Jacket I bought in 2007 , is still beeing used. Unfortunately, I can't find a shop next to me, selling this brand . I couldn't advise more than to suggest to trust it, it's a very good brand and also affordable.
  • + 0
 Altura makes certainly makes nice stuff. I got some of their shorts a couple of years ago and they are ok. Honestly I only wear waterproof shorts a couple of times a year since I got a rear It transformed winter riding. I bust out the shorts if we are heading out in moderate to heavy rain, but the MH keeps may ass clean and dry through puddles large and small. Keeps the spray off my dropper too.
  • + 2
actually looks very nice. Totally worth considering
  • + 1
 Damn, almost buy on sight until I did the $ conversion. I still just might, pretty shining.
  • + 1
 That chest pocket is great idea..especially if the pocket lining is perforated, act as vent when open/empty.
  • + 1
 Does this jacket have a back pocket, no?..
  • + 1
 Looks nice, I like it.
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