Since we have been looking at heavy winter jackets lately, especially parkas, why not change the tune a bit and take a look at a very interesting design.
Altus is a previously featured jacket, designed by Höhenhorn, a German brand which specializes in mostly men’s outdoor clothing, focusing more on jackets.
A recurring theme in their designs is the “comfort” look, which resonates with their claim of wanting to “make man one with nature”, by leaving behind everyday worries and feeling right at home outdoors. Does Altus live up to expectations? Well, see for yourselves!
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Where To Buy The Höhenhorn Altus Softshell Jacket
Here is a list of the various online shops from different countries where you can purchase the jacket:
When To Wear It
Let’s start with the look and style of Altus. If you take a look at the aforementioned article, the design is what sets this jacket apart from the rest. It is made to resemble a hoodie, rather than a typical jacket.
But don’t be fooled! This is a high-performance softshell that will make even the more skeptical among you come round.
It comes with an attached hood and a high collar, which zips up with a water-resistant and concealed zipper. This zipper is one-way and full-length, with a long enough pull that you can use even when wearing thick gloves.
Also water-resistant and practical, are the pockets’ zippers on both sides of the jacket, as well as on the one on the left sleeve. The sleeve cuffs are adjustable with Velcro fasteners and, also adjustable is the hood.
When it comes to weather-resistance, the outer shell is waterproof, with a water column of 8.000 mm. Not just that, but it is also highly breathable, with a respiratory activity of 3.000 g/m2/24h.
This means great endurance in a variety of weathers, without compromising your well-being. It prevents overheating and keeps you dry in pouring rain.
We usually leave the material technicalities for its own paragraph, but the difference between the inner and outer lining bears mention here, too.
The outer shell, apart from being waterproof and breathable, is also windproof and highly durable. Unlike the inner lining, which is made of fleece, the outer is a blend fabric.
The inner lining is thick, warm and highly insulating, all of which are important when it comes to temperature-resistance.
All of this brings us to the season this jacket is best suitable for. The short answer would be Autumn and Spring, but being a softshell, it makes for a great layering option. Combine that with breathability and water-resistance, and you have an under-layer that will not disappoint.
So, whether you wear it as a casual jacket or for challenging physical activities, you are good to go with Altus.
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Made of top quality craftsmanship and with a special fabric technology for the outer shell, Altus is well-made through and through.
The outer shell is a blend of 94% Polyester and 6% Spandex. This gives it the qualities we mentioned previously, as well as the elasticity for a more comfortable wear and better physical performance.
As for the inner lining, it is 100% Polyester fleece, that is specially woven to allow air-flow, while maintaining the insulation ability.
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Continuing along the same lines of simplicity in design, the color options are limited to just two. These include Dark blue and Black.
However, these are versatile colors when it comes to matching them with other outfits, so it is not at all an issue, in the end.
User Reviews, Feedback & Opinions
Time for a reality-look at Altus, to see whether it performs exactly as it claims and what to look out for, upon purchase.
Since we started with its looks, it doesn’t just look great in person, but it feels incredibly comfortable, too. The fit is nearly perfect for the majority of the users, which goes to show that the brand took the time to create a very accurate sizing table. This is huge plus!
Is it waterproof? Well, yes! The water not only doesn’t get through, but it rolls off the jacket entirely, minimizing contact time overall. And it is indeed very well-insulated and wind-resistant, very important features for outdoor activities.
Another additional positive is the price. Seeing how well-made and comfortable this jacket is, the price is a steal!
On the downside, there is a very small possibility of zipper issues, but nothing too serious.
Well, that’s all for Altus. If you are on the market for a casual, comfortable yet high-performance softshell, then we are confident that Höhenhorn’s Altus will be a great addition to your wardrobe.