What they say: The NV2 Vest offers the best balance of speed and comfort for mixed condition rides. Lightweight and packable to be stuffed in a jersey pocket it can quickly be put on to deal with showers mid-ride.
What we say: If being seen is high upon your priority list (if you’re using it for commuting, perhaps) then Altura’s NV2 will certainly make sure that happens. Available in high-viz yellow or black, both use Altura’s proprietary Darkproof tech which basically glows when an external light source, such as a car’s head beams, catches it. The shell of the jacket features wind and water resistant panelling to the front and across the shoulders, while mesh panelling to the rear helps with breathability.
The gilet is incredibly light, with a comfortable fit with elasticated armholes and hem. The zip features a full-length storm flap, and parks neatly into a zip garage at the top. There’s no access to your jersey pockets, but there is one large zippered pocket to the rear which houses a smaller pocket that the entire gilet can be packed down into. Available in sizes S-XXL.