Altura Crosslite review

Simple neat and small

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £80.00 RRP | USD $147.98

Our review

Lightweight breathable waterproof at a good price
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The Crosslite offers a good balance between waterproofing performance and packability. 

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Using Altec Reactive fabric (which has a small amount of stretch to it) does away with the need for too many panels, so it feels like it should leave you sweating like a pig yet it’s a surprisingly breathable jacket.

The simple, neat construction with taped seams and a clean cut makes it comfortable without being baggy.

It’s a classic race cut, with drawstring base hem and collar, and elasticated and Velcro adjustable cuffs. There is a single large rear pocket and a front chest pocket both with sealed zips, but aside from that this is a ‘keep it simple’, functional jacket. The arms were a bit short for our ape testers, though.

The performance is extremely good, and only becomes more surprising when you look at the price tag.

Altura claim some high breathability figures for their React fabric and it seems to live up to them on the bike, staying drier longer than anything else at this price and within a dew drops of the priciest waterproof and softshell cloths.

It shrugs off a fair amount of weather, although cosy touches like a fleecy collar are sacrificed to get that low pack size and high performance.

It packs small enough to stuff in your jersey pocket as well as in the included bag..

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If you’re after a sporty, lightweight, breathable, windproof and waterproof jacket that you want to carry light and whip on at a moment’s notice, then the Crosslite makes an excellent choice, especially if you’re on a budget.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Crosslite Jacket
Brand Altura

Weight (g) 262
No. of Pockets 1
Additional Features Fully Taped Seams/Stuffsac For Storage
Clothing Material Altec Reactive
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL
Available Colours Blue Red
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens Womens
Care Instructions Machine-Washable
Fastening Type Full-Zip Velcro
Layer Thickness Lightweight
Jacket Storage Stuff Sac