Polaris AM 1000 Repel Trousers
Words: Carsick John
In cycling terms, the long winter trouser marks the passage of time, from boy to man. It’s the moment we turn our backs on the exuberance of youthful shorts and accept we are the ‘older’ gentleman cyclist who feels the cold and doesn’t like getting wet anymore.
The Polaris AM 1000 Repel trouser is a waterproof coated cycling garment designed to help us with this transition into mid life. They’re competitively priced at £59.99 leaving more than enough change for a few packets of Werthers Originals.
Visually they feature the right mix of tonal crotch and knee panels to make them look ‘outdoor’, with enough splashes of colour here and there to convince us that they’re also ‘sporting’.
Technically all boxes are ticked with Velcro waistband adjusters, adjustable Velcro ankles, ample pockets and an internal zipper pocket. The material is 100% Nylon; it’s tough, yet light and constructed to a very high standard in China.
Sizing. The Polaris online sizing guide says that the med is 31” and Large 34”, now if I was ordering online I would go for a medium, but the cut and feel of the large I tested was spot on for a 32” waist.
Initially, they seemed a bit baggy and my fear was they would be too loose on the bike, snagging and getting involved with pedaling, but they weren’t at all, in fact quite the opposite. They’re extremely comfortable, ride well and offer great protection against the elements. The fit compared to other cycling trousers is looser and less manipulated and this makes for a pleasant change – it’s part of their appeal.
After a couple of rides these are now my go-to forty-somethings’ winter garment.
Available is sizes small to XXL and in two subtle variants; black/charcoal with neon yellow zippy bits and black/charcoal with bright blue zippy bits.
Tough and well made
Brightly coloured trims
More info: www.polaris-apparel.co.uk