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All year commuter says "Good but don't expect it to last long"
on 8 February 2015
This jacket is great at first but declines rapidly in performance after 1 (2 years max). I’ve had 3 of these jackets and cycle 14 miles round trip 4 to 5 times a week in all weathers. After about a year however, the same weaknesses come back over and over. Firstly the breast pocket seams are glued and not sewn. The glue on the seam gives way, even after moderate use. This is really annoying as it is useful for carrying a phone or MP3 player. Secondly the stiff plastic surface to the velcro wrist straps always split. They don’t break as such but simply hang on the remaining fabric. Normally I don’t bother contacting big companies like Altura about faults because, well you know how it is. However, these faults were so consistent that I made the effort. Altura were friendly but insisted these faults hardly ever happen. Well, it has happened on ALL my 3 jackets (so take your choice)!
Also, the cleaning instructions are vague and I saw nothing about this on the official web site. It could have been there or even on the initial jacket tab, but again, you know how it is.
The forums on cleaning are all confused. Over 40 degrees or not? Tumble dry / don’t tumble dry, use waterproofing liquid in the wash or not? One thing you will find is a list of people who have ruined their jackets in the wash.
To conclude; if seeking the definition of built-in obsolescence then go no further. This is a great but short lived but disposable jacket. If you don’t need the high visibility then I would suggest buying a better quality jacket with sewn seams and a means of washing.