Polaris Bikewear is a brand that has been around for a long time. Based in Derbyshire, they have become one of the best-known homegrown cycling brands. I was very much looking forward to trying out their kit. Polaris sent me an entire outfit, which made testing a lot of fun.
Vela Italian Coolmax Socks
When you purchase the Vela Italian Coolmax socks you get a pack with two pairs. The socks feel very smooth to the touch. The design is very simple; they have a reinforced heel for stability, a specially selected yarn to keep sweat away from your skin, and compression at various points. These particular socks are designed specifically for women and this shows that Polaris have considered the differences and variations in needs between men and women.
The compression points on the heel, toe, and midfoot make the socks fit well and stay put with movement. My feet stayed warm in colder temperatures, but I didn't have an issue with sweat or chafing. The socks look great with the duck-egg blue and the colour choices allow you to create a full matching outfit too. The socks are priced at £12.99 and are perfect for road cyclists and commuters alike.
Women’s Core Bamboo Baselayer
As we approach the winter months, a base layer is something really worth considering. Bamboo has long been known for its sustainability as a material and for its warmth and moisture-wicking properties. Featuring the ability to keep you warm in the cold and cool in the warmth makes it the perfect material for a baselayer. It features flatlock stitching and which makes it non-abrasive and prevents chafing and rubbing. Bamboo also protects against UV and is naturally odour resistant.
The Polaris range is true to size so if you prefer a looser fit simply size up. In cooler months you can wear this top under a jersey and in summer just wear it by itself. At £21.99, the price tag won’t break the bank and it is worth every penny. I found it warm, comfortable, and it washed really well every single time.
The Mica Jersey is a perfect winter training companion. It is a long sleeved jersey with a windproof front panel so it is sure to keep you warm in colder temperatures. It is a softshell cycling top (almost jacket-like) with a brushed inside for extra warmth.
I found the top to be true to size with some extra room to wear layers underneath. The material is Thermastretch, and it really does allow for a great range of movement without the jersey budging or clumping up. Once it is on and you are on the bike, leaning into the drops or sitting up on the hoods, you never feel restricted.
When it comes to a jersey, fit and warmth are very important and the Mica covers both of these with ease. It has three rear pockets, one of which has a velcro tab for extra security, and they are all large and deep enough for all of your essentials. There is enough reflective piping for you to feel visible in the darker evenings too. Soft to touch, the brushed inner really gives the jersey a feeling of warmth and the fabric feels like quality.
The price point is £59.99, which may seem a little on the high side. However, considering everything this jersey offers and comparing it to its competitors, the price is very much middle of the range.
Women’s 3/4 Contour Tights
These are high-performance tights that will allow for many hours in the saddle with no discomfort. They feature a Coolmax pad which is antibacterial and dense enough to provide support where needed and breathable. I can’t stress how lovely it was for a pad to not end up feeling sweaty quickly.
The tights themselves have a crossover waistband which makes them easy to put on and they look great too. The contoured fit makes them female-specific and they take into account that women come in different shapes, which I love. The tights have reflective detail for added visibility too. Priced at £39.99, they are a mid-range tights, perfect for spring to autumn.
Overall, the kit I tested worked extremely well and the price of the entire outfit is very reasonable. Polaris has really taken into account the needs of female cyclists with this range and this is to be commended. They don't assume that every female cyclist is a pro athlete; they consider that we are all shapes and sizes and this is reflected in their kit design.