Eurobike 2012: Polaris

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Polaris has been around the UK mountain bike world since all this was trees, all our clothes were Bula and purple was very, very in…

It has continued making mountain bike clothing, among other things, since those early days and has actually dug back into its archives to re-visit a style of jacket that had fallen out of favour, but is still very much relevant to our bonkers weather.

The new AM Range features the Polaris Vapour jacket, based on its old Retroactive jacket from backintheday. It’s got a light, DWR water-repellent (but not waterproof) nylon outer layer and a very thin fleecy lining. The idea is that the jacket will keep you warm and safe from the wind, but will breathe a lot better than a full waterproof. It will also shrug off showers, thanks to the  DWR coating on the nylon shell. If the deluge persists, then you’ll get damp (but Polaris reckons, only as damp as you would from sweat if you were wearing a full waterproof jacket), but you should still stay warm. And when the rain stops, the outer will dry pretty much right away. The Vapour will cost £90.

Chipps was disappointed to learn that this wasn't reversible.

For when things are colder (and they will be soon), Polaris will offer the AM Enduro soft-shell jacket. Similar to a winter training top, it’s still DWR coated to resist showers, but is very windproof and should keep you warm on those nippy rides. It too will be £90/

The AM Enduro Softshell

Polaris is also doing an uncharacteristically ‘rad’ pair of Defy downhill jerseys. Big and bold and in keeping with the colours of the AM range, with blues and greens and black.

Enthusiastic expression sold separately.

Finally the AM shorts are simple beasts tested extensively in the grit of the Peaks. These baggies are designed to side just below the knee so they won’t ride up when pedalling and so you won’t get that gritty stripe just above your knee pads where your shorts keep dragging. Again, there’s DWR coating to shrug off the water and light, stretch panels to keep them moving with you.

Not too short, not too long, shorts.




Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (2)

    any idea on pricing for the shorts?

    The AM500 Repel shorts are £69.99

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