Altura Boulder shell review£79.99

This sturdy, highly protective shell is an innovative jacket of two halves.

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This sturdy, highly protective Altura Boulder shell is an innovative jacket of two halves.

By adding waterproof panels to the shoulders and panels on the front of the arms (the grey bits), what the weather sees of the Boulder is effectively a full waterproof. Add a water repellent coating on the rest of the fabric and you've got a real stormproof. A big pod pocket on the chest, zipped handwarmer pockets and tall fleecey collar equip it for general use.

Unfortunately, the waterproof panels feel cold and clammy against bare skin - a full-length base layer is essential, so it needs to be proper wintery before you'll be cold enough to use it. It's not as sweaty as a full waterproof but most of our testers preferred the simpler, more consistent climate of Altura's Kinetic (£59.99) or Reflex (£89.99).

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Guy Kesteven

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Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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