The Pocket Rocket is Altura’s lightweight packable waterproof. It’s a teeny packable number, which boasts a 2.5 layer waterproof membrane and fully taped seams. There are thumb loops to keep the sleeves from riding up, and it all packs down into its own rear pocket to keep things nice and compact. There are reflective stripes on the sleeves and down the front; there’s also a small one on the back near the collar. The whole thing looks subtle and understated.
I’m tall, but I’m not overly skinny or stocky (I don’t think), and the XL fitted me relatively well – it was perfect across the chest and the sleeves were just long enough, but the body was a little short. On this basis I think the sizing is a little skewed towards increases in width than height.
In use, it was a little sweaty across the back and arms, even without a pack on, but it wasn’t terrible – I’ve certainly ridden in considerably more sweaty (and more expensive) jackets. Some vents or pit zips would definitely have helped here, but would have increased the bulk, and as it is, it packs down to a very compact bundle, easily small enough to cram in the teensiest of backpacks, or even a jersey pocket.
The drop-tail isn’t terribly extensive; I’d have appreciated a little more arse coverage, but this isn’t really an issue with a mudguard or waterproof shorts.
Overall: A great little jacket – a little sweaty for extended periods, but that’s not really what it’s for.
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