Road Cycling Clothing

The Cheapest Cycling Clothing: To the Test

We tried and tested three of the cheapest cycling clothing outfits in the market, from dhb, B-Twin and Polaris.

Polaris bikewear was our last on the list. This brand offers cycling gear at a range of prices and has often performed well when put to the test in the past. So we were eager to put some of its cheaper items to the test and see how they compared.

Polaris also offer some great children’s cycling clothing too which is well worth checking out for your little ones.

If you’re looking for cycling waterproof’s, Polaris is a good place to start and they have a great kids range on offer too.

To the Test:

Polaris Ladies Adventure Short

This was the out and out winner amongst the three pairs of cycling shorts I tried. At just £24.99 this short offers exceptional value for money.

Confused about the difference between shorts and bib shorts and which to go for? Check out our article on the joys and pitfalls of bib shorts.

The Polaris Ladies Adventure Short is perfect for those doing short to medium length rides. Next to skin the shorts are supremely soft and comfortable. Reflective detailing on both sides makes them a great option for winter riding and commuting alike.

The chamois on this short is also a winner. It is not too bulky but at the same time offers ample cushioning for your backside. Silicone grippers on the legs also help the short to stay put. My only complaint about this short would be the narrow waistband which cuts in ever so slightly.

One other good thing about Polaris is that they cater for slightly larger ladies, with their shorts going up to an XXL. Check out our article on Plus Size Cycling Clothing for more information.


Sizes: S-XXL

Stockist: Polaris – Polaris Ladies Adventure Short

Polaris Adventure Road Shirt:

While I did love the Polaris Adventure Short, unfortunately I was not so keen on the jersey (£24.99). I tried the size medium, in hindsight I should have opted for a size small for my UK Size 10 frame.

Performance wise the jersey was not so bad, it wicked away sweat pretty efficiently and the fabric felt soft next to skin with no irritating labels or stitching. The pockets on the rear where also of ample size, and the reflective detailing was a nice touch.

Looks wise however, I though the jersey was not the most flattering as I definitely prefer a women’s specific cut. Again the jersey is available up to a size XXL making it a good option for those looking for plus size cycling clothing.

Sizes: S-XXL

Stockist: Polaris – Adventure Road Shirt

Polaris Adventure Mitt

This mitt is more expensive than the offering from B’TWIN, but in my eyes it is money well spent. And actually for £12.99 I think this mitt offers exceptional value for money.

This mitt is super comfortable, comes with velcro adjustment to get the perfect fit and had ample padding.

Stockists: Polaris – Adventure Mitt

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