The Polaris Mica Women's Windproof Jersey really comes into its own on cold days. The fleecy-lined polyester/elastane fabric is warm and cosy, the windproof panels at the front stop the biting wind penetrating, and the high collar zips up nice and snug.
As well as performing well, it looks flattering thanks to its contoured fit and contrasting green panels (also available in red) which are positioned so as to make you appear slimmer than you are.
The figure-hugging cut means you can easily fit a jacket over it in case of rain or on particularly chilly rides; I tended to wear one to start off, as my arms felt cold in the wind.
I found the material wicked fairly well, although like most jerseys it wasn't as breathable as I'd have liked when working hard.
The Mica is nice and long at the back so keeps your bum toasty, and silicone gripper at the rear of the hem keeps it in place.
The sturdy plastic zip is backed by material to prevent any snagging on your baselayer and there's a zip garage to stop it rubbing your chin. The zip pull is a bit on the small side to use easily with thick gloves, though.
The sleeves are a good length and have thumbholes to keep them pulled down over your palms. This is great for warmth but I found the cuff hem dug in a little when riding, under the palm and especially at the base of my thumb, although this was only an issue on longer rides. Riding without using the thumbholes meant a draught at the wrist through the thumbhole.
After just its first outing, my jersey developed a hole on one of the sleeve seams where the stitching appears to have missed the material. It must have slipped past quality control, and of course if the same happened to yours you would expect a replacement without question.
Cycling-specific details include reflective piping on the rear shoulder and lower back, plus reflective logos front and back. There's a triple storage pocket at the back, big enough to squeeze in the essentials (tube, lightweight windproof and snack), with the middle section secured with a Velcro tab.
All in all, this is a stylish jersey that performs well and at a reasonable price for its features.
Stylish, warm and windproof – a great jersey for cold days in the saddle
road.cc test report
Make and model: Polaris Mica Jersey
Size tested: Womens,Size 10, Black/Green/Duck Egg
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Polaris says: "The updated Polaris Mica jersey is a slim, contoured fit cycling top which has laminated windproof front panels for protection on colder days. The softshell front is combined with Thermastretch fabric for its super-stretchy performance and brushed inner, making this top comfortable, warm and breathable."
I'd agree with this.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Laminated windproof 100% polyester micro-fibre insert front panel
Therma-Stretch™ fabric - 92% polyester, 8% elastane super-stretchy brush-backed material designed with fit comfort, breathability and warmth in mind
Contoured, female-specific fit
Full length front zip with chin guard
3 back storage pockets
Silicone gripper on hem
My jersey developed a hole on the sleeve at one of the seams where the stiching had pulled loose after the first wear. Aside from that it is well constructed.
Does what it's designed to well, although no jersey ever seems fully breathable.
So far it's stood up well to wear and washing after a few months.
Fit is spot on. It's described as "performance fit" and is a flattering slim fit, with a good length at the back and in the arms.
Sizing was just right - my size 10 fitted perfectly.
Very comfy except for the thumbholes; the hem of the cuff can dig in a little under the palm.
It's no bargain but not silly expensive either.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy - machine wash at 30°C.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Perfectly adequately, although I still got a little sweaty.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The flattering fit and style.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Niggly cuff hems.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
A very good jersey, despite the niggly cuffs.
About the tester
I usually ride: Marin Point Reyes 29er My best bike is: Giant Anthem X1
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, mountain biking, audax