If you’re on a budget for a waterproof jacket you’re likely to find that you’re balancing breathability versus number of features. While the Altura Mayhem cannot claim to be either lightweight or the most breathable of styles, it is however extremely wearable, which makes it excellent value for money.
The key reason for its ‘wearability’ is the comfort that comes from the fit; there are no compromises here and it has a quality of cut that’s as good as many higher priced jackets.
Although the body is slim enough to keep from flapping around, it has room for layers and there is complete freedom of movement through the shoulders. There is a chest pocket that’s sized to take a phone or keys and the contrast black insert panels across the lower back and sleeves are a practical feature. It’s not a benefit that’s immediately obvious, but does mean that the dirt doesn’t show quite as much.
The hood does go over a helmet but taller riders might prefer to wear it underneath simply because once the collar is zipped right up it does become a close fit and you’ll be aware of the hood pulling upwards on the back of the jacket.
There are vents positioned under the arms and I found myself opening these up on warmer days and when I was peddling hard and just leaving them that way. If anything, they would benefit from being longer in order to increase the air flow and help with breathability. That does feel like a minor quibble however for a jacket that delivers good on-the-bike comfort as well as solid waterproof performance at a great price.
I haven’t worn this one long enough to comment on the longer term durability, but it feels like it will go the distance.