After four years at the forefront of the wintry battle against the elements, my current altura react jacket is nearing the end of its serviceable life. I’m in two minds:
1. Replace with another Altura React, probably the ‘attack’, a slightly loose fitting but absolutely brilliant jacket that is suitable for all weathers and can become the number one winter garment.
2. Opt for a form-fit softshell or similar and carry a pack down rain jacket for emergencies.
Option 2 leans towards a winter training schedule with a race cut on the jacket. Option 1 prioritises slower commuting miles. Option 1 is better insofar as one jacket should just about do everything. Option 2 is better insofar as is is more appropriate for long and relatively fast winter rides.
I figured because the readers of this blog have such informed opinions about mudguards you might also be able to wade in and help me choose which to go for.
In the meantime I have been marvelling at the speed with which the riders in this video encounter the arenberg trench.