With clean lines coupled with plenty of useful features, Altura’s Podium jersey works superbly, and it offers good value for money, too.
The jersey has a performance fit, which is borderline race cut. From the top the flush neckline is low and unrestricting and the cleverly cut paneling provides a snug but flexible fit while riding. Smaller details have been though about as well, one in particular being the zipper which is light, unobtrusive and robust for its size. It also locks flush when pushed down and a small tab makes it easy to open while riding.
The sleeve length is generous, which is on trend, reaching over the bicep. It’s a good balance and is neither too long – down to the elbow – or too short – not even reaching the bicep. The band at the bottom is made from a stretchy polyester and the generous width aids fit and reduces any tightness or pressure points.
Positioned under the arm is a four-way stretch fabric, and it doubles as an effective mesh that aids cooling. This cooling effect was still noticeable with a base layer underneath – perhaps due to the thin material – but it seems durable and it retained a good fit despite being washed several times during testing.
The rear features six pockets – one zipped, three classic and two smaller ones flanking the hips. The latter two are useful for a small pump or gels and I liked having the option to spread out the weight and items on a longer ride. The tops of all the pockets feature a folded seam which will reduce wear and makes it easier to slide a hand in when riding as it gives an edge to work against. Also on the back is a larger graphic positioned between the shoulder blades, although you’ll never see this one while riding, obviously.