First Ride – Altura Mayhem Jacket and Attack X Trousers
With the foul weather of winter well on its way (did it ever stop?) we throw on Altura’s newest offering.
Altura have been designing high quality gear for cyclists of all disciplines in Yorkshire since 1996. Their “night vision” reflective gear is a stalwart of commuters, and they are expanding their off-road range as well. We’ve been fans of the Attack X series for a while (more later), and being based in Yorkshire should mean quality kit, after all they came 12th in the Olympics!
The Mayhem is Altura’s new offering for the trail riding biker. With a durable sort touch, breathable and waterproof fabric lined with a lightweight mesh this jacket should keep you dry and warm. The hood is removable via some press-studs and some rather neat little rubber sliders. The hoot is a low volume affair and wouldn’t fit over a helmet, but is ideal for sticking up when you are not riding.
There are pit-zips that allow you to keep ventilated, and they are placed well out of the way of rucksack straps, as are the two front pockets and the chest pocket. The large rear pocket features a double sided zip allowing you to open it easily with either hand, and sits just below most bags on the large drop-tail that stops mud and filth heading down into your pants.
The collar is softly lined and, when the waterproofed zip with concealed storm flap is full fastened, feels lovely and snug. The cuffs, while not matching, are also comfortable – mixing a short elasticated section with a rubberised Velcro closure to keep things watertight.
Speaking of watertight, the seams are neatly taped and the cut is just right for aggressive riding without being overly baggy. It’s available in 3 colourways – the super bright Green, Slightly more subtle blue, or stealthy black – to suit all tastes.
The Mayhem will get a full British Winter of use – bring on the rain!
Attack X Waterproof Trousers
Originally paired with the (now phased out) Attack X jacket, the trousers are built for serious riding in seriously filthy weather.
Their cut suits a riding position, and they have enough room under them for knee-pads. The ankle is not too baggy and can be cinched in with a Velcro cuff. Made from a very breathable and durable waterproof fabric called React, and paired with big vents on the thighs, temperature control should be a breeze (pun intended). There are also waterproof zipped pockets, and a reinforced crotch area. All in all they are a very tough looking set of trousers, a look we will be sure to test…
Thanks to Martin and Skinny for coming out to shoot in such horrendous rain!