Altura’s top of the line Ridge Pertex jacket feels like it performs well beyond the spec sheet, making it a solid perennial UK option.
It’s no real surprise that brands like Altura make kit that functions particularly well in UK weather, but bringing the value into the equation alongside the bike-specific cut makes it far better bang for your buck than the bigger outdoor brands.
Altura’s Ridge Pertex waterproof is the top end of the brand’s attempt at keeping you dry whatever the weather. Taped seams on a Pertex, 100% nylon mini ripstop construction throughout at 20k both ways is a recipe for some serious dryness but naturally, the proof is in the pudding. Beyond the material used, Altura have added more than just a drop tail to make it a riding jacket too.
You get an adjustable hood to work with a helmet underneath, large chest pockets with chunky zips, room for elbow pads and some large vents under the arm to let that pit sweat out. Colours are somewhat muted in either dark green or blue. If you want gawdy colours, you’ll need to go elsewhere… Like their softshell option.
At £150, you’ve got an awful lot of tech for not an awful lot of money, and you have to ask whether the big brands are charging a name premium or whether the gear is actually that much better. The Altura goods certainly seem to be punching well above their weight.
The fit is quite loose, which while odd for a spring/summer outer, does bode well for layering, so not the end of the world. Anyone wanting to flip the hood over their helmet and batten down the hatches will be very happy with the hood. I couldn’t find use for the adjustable cuffs but that might just be personal preference.
In heavy rain, eventually the fabric “wets out”, probably after 45 minutes to 1 hour (stops beading water) but it doesn’t let water through when like this. It does feel cold to the skin like this so better to wear with a long sleeve if in heavy rain. Luckily in Scotland the rain is normally cold so layering is a given. Big days in sleet never saw the water getting through, which was very welcome indeed.
The pit gill venting does look a little weird when you first get the jacket, but they didn’t let water in so no there’s no downsides to doing pit venting this way. It’s a better option than no pit zips and doesn’t have the potential fail point of the zip.
The Ridge has been washed couple times in mild soap (Nikwax) and has continued to work so far. Many jackets of this type will die after the endless cycle of muddy rides and washes, sacrificing their waterproofing to the washing machine gods. I didn’t expect miracles from this jacket but so far okay it’s held up well.
For those emergency layer options, the Ridge also packs down quite well too.
What do we think?
The Altura Ridge Pertex is in a league above its own weight class both in terms of its ability to battle the elements, survive the washing machine and not cost the earth either.
Keeps the elements out
Good fit for layering
Holds up well to washing
Could do better:
Cuff velcro seems unnecessary
You can check out the Altura Ridge Pertex Jacket on their website here.