Let's face it, it doesn't matter whether it's summer in the UK, having a waterproof jacket and some wind protection is an essential in cycling. One thing that we can all agree on is that when it comes to cycling jackets, we want something protecting, fitting, lightweight and totally stylish.
Polaris has been developing cycle wear since the 1980's and has accrued a wealth of industry experience, expert knowledge and a strong army of avid customers. We've been impressed by their women's specific kit to date with our favourite piece being the Mica windproof jersey, so expectations were pretty high for the new Challenge Pioneer Windproof and the Women's Strata Pack-Away Waterproof jacket.
Polaris Challenge Pioneer Windproof cycling jacket
The Challenge Pioneer Windproof jacket has been developed as part of their new adventure Challenge Collection which aims to kit out even the most adventurous of cycle explorers who need the right apparel to take on the world.
The new Challenge Pioneer jacket is constructed from two layer fabric which boasts excellent wicking properties with a soft flock lining on the inside. The leisure-style cut is comfortable and allows for unrestricted rider movement when cycling.
There are two mesh side pockets for storage and the lightweight material means this jacket can be packed down and rolled into itself - Ideal for throwing into your bag.
The dropped hem in the rear provides ample coverage when riding and the drawstring system can be operated with one hand to keep draughts at bay. Another feature which is subtle, yet brilliantly bright, is the reflective detailing throughout which helps to keep you visible in low-light conditions.
The Challenge Pioneer jacket is surprisingly warm and the soft liner feels really lovely against the skin. The fit is comfortable to ride in and it certainly keeps you feeling fresh and warm whilst riding. All in all, I couldn't find any cons...
Polaris Strata Pack-Away Waterproof cycling jacket
Arguably a staple garment for any cyclist is a quality waterproof jacket. You just never know when a rogue cloud will shower you with its presence - literally!
The Strata Pack-Away jacket is thin, lightweight and offers a good deal of windproof qualities also. The high-tech fabric is finished off with reflective detailing which is not only functional but subtle enough to conform to the overall sleek design.
The dropped hem in the rear provides adequate coverage when cycling and the taped seams throughout the jacket ensure it keeps the water out. The entire jacket can be very neatly rolled and folded away and tucked into a bag or rear jersey pocket.
One thing I loved about this jacket is the tapered feminine fit which is not only loose enough to wear over some layers, but it's also fitting enough to not billow out around me when the wind picks up.
Whatever you ride, it's always best to keep a weather proof jacket at hand in case you get caught out in a wet weather spell!
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