Review: Altura Icon Men’s Short Sleeve Jersey
The Altura Icon Men’s Short Sleeve Jersey comes with smart fabric that really helps with breathability on the front and anti-odor stakes. The semi-relaxed fit means you don’t have to be a racing whippet to wear it, either.
We’ve looked at different versions of the Altura Icon jersey over the years, including the long sleeve option, and they’ve consistently performed well.
The latter has what Altura describes as a complete body overhaul and uses high moisture wicking fabric for the main body and carbon material for the underarm panels; the latter is made by Italian manufacturer Miti, which claims it pulls toxins away from the skin so you feel and smell fresh in key areas. In use, both fabrics feel soft against the skin and work well.
The mild winter so far has allowed me to stay with short sleeve jerseys for most of my outings and in temperatures up to 18C I have stayed cool while the breeze blows helping to wick away perspiration.
With a light jacket over the rainy days, the Icon didn’t feel overwhelmed, even on some tough climbs where I worked hard.
As for the carbon material, I wore the jersey for a whole week without washing it and it did indeed smell cooler than most, especially around the armpits.
I normally find Altura’s size to be a bit more generous than other brands and it’s no different here. I would say the midrange here is probably closer to a big one from someone like Lusso or dhb, so if you want a tight fit keep that in mind.
I actually liked the little extra space, especially when I was on easier routes or gravel trails, and the Icon is nicely cut so it always fits properly without ever feel loose.
The drooping tail is generous in length to roll in the drops and the arms are also longer, if you like that. Personally, I prefer something a little shorter that ends halfway across the upper arm.
Other neat touches are the inclusion of a zippered garage at the neck and four pockets at the back, three traditionally mounted and a fourth zippered for valuables.
Altura’s website shows an rrp of £ 40, which is currently reduced to £ 35.99. Even at the full price, this is an attractive option: the overall quality is good, the fabrics proving to be durable and sturdy. There are loose ends of wire in various places that let it drop, but to be fair, they are not visible when you wear it.
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There aren’t a lot of swimsuits we’ve tested that are cheaper. There’s the dhb Short Sleeve for £ 30, but it doesn’t look as sporty as the Icon, and the Icon has better pockets.
Decathlon’s Van Rysel range is well known for its quality and value for money, but even something like the Racer men’s road cycling jersey is one more five, at £ 44.99.
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Overall, the Altura Icon is comfortable to wear and works in a wide temperature range, and for the money, it’s a very tempting proposition.
Decent quality jersey which is comfortable, very absorbent and not a huge amount of money
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Brand and model : Men’s Altura Icon Short Sleeve Jersey
Tell us what the product is for
Altura says, “Our popular Icon jersey takes on a whole new look with its striking new graphic print, but has also undergone a complete silhouette overhaul. High-quality main body fabric offers excellent sweat-wicking properties, while Italian-made Miti carbon fabric is deployed in key areas to flush toxins from the skin for a feeling of freshness and comfort. The neat, taped hem and cuffs along with the scoop neck make this a stylish swimsuit you’ll want to be seen in. “
Tell us a little more about the technical aspects of the product?
Italian carbon fabric underarm panels to reduce bacteria and maintain freshness
Highly absorbent fabrics
Bold graphic print
Tonal reflective print detail
Bonded hem and cuffs for a crisp finish
Silicone gripper for back and side hem
3 back pockets and 1 security pocket with concealed zip
Full-length front zip
Main fabric: 92% polyester, 8% elastane
Secondary fabric: Sleeve: 90% polyester, 10% elastane
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The size is more generous than some brands, but this is reflected in the Altura size guide.
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Is the product easy to maintain? How did he react to washing?
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its intended purpose
The Icon adapts well to all types of riding and keeps you cool.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good wicking properties.
Tell us what you didn’t particularly like about the product
Some rough edges.
How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
At £ 40 this is one of the cheapest jerseys we’ve tested. The dhb short sleeve jersey is cheaper but doesn’t really compete in performance or fit. The Van Rysel top that I mention in the review also seems to offer good value for money, for five more.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider purchasing the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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The Icon uses fabrics that work well whether you use the jersey on its own or as part of a layering system, and it has a decent fit. It’s also a lot of jersey for the money.
I usually drive: This month’s test bike My best bike is: B’Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I have been driving since: Over 20 years I ride: Everyday I would classify myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trial, commuting, club outings, sports, fixed / single speed,