Polaris Pursuit Bib Shorts  £64.99

8/10

High-quality shorts with effective gel padding - a good price too

Weight 231g   Contact  www.polaris-apparel.co.uk

by Mat Brett   March 16, 2011  

Polaris Pursuit bib shorts

Polaris' Pursuit bib shorts are the top of their range, and they're well made with some high-quality features. The multi-panel construction and the 80% nylon/20% elastane fabric make for a comfortable, consistent fit throughout. Virtually all the seams are flat-lock stitched so there's no chafing even when you rack up the miles on a big weekend ride.

You get external elasticated bands at the bottom of each leg, and they hold everything in place just fine. They don't feel over-tight and I've not had any problems with the legs riding up, thanks to soft silicone grippers next to the skin. Very comfy.

The anti-bacterial seatpad is pretty good too. It's a multi-density one and although I wouldn't say the foam front and mid sections are anything special, the gel area at the back - the wide part of the pad - offers really effective cushioning, damping out road vibration and softening any big hits to keep you sitting pretty in the saddle.

The Coolmax face to the pad shifts sweat well so you stay comfortable, and several channels between the various sections of cushioning help with this too, allowing the air to circulate. I've done a couple of century rides in these and come home without any particular saddle soreness.

The mesh uppers allow plenty of breathability and don't retain much moisture at all when you work up a sweat while the soft binding around the edges is all neatly done. In terms of durability, the only issue I've had is with a thread that snapped at the front, which required a quick repair with needle and cotton - although, to be honest, that was more to do with me being clumsy than any reflection on the workmanship.

The logos on the sides are printed on, which made me think they'd quickly get stretched and tatty and start to peel, but a few weeks in and they're still looking good. I'll let you know if that alters as time goes on.

As for the sizing, I found it a little larger than usual and the leg length generous, so try before you buy or check the size chart on Polaris' website.

Verdict

High-quality shorts with effective gel padding - a good price too

road.cc test report

Make and model: Polaris Pursuit Bib Shorts

Size tested: Black, Medium

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?

These are classic-style stretchy shorts

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

2 user comments

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They look really good for budgie smuggling too.

posted by steviebike [30 posts]
16th March 2011 - 20:03

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I'm very happy with mine.

Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades. (Merckx)

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27th June 2011 - 10:30

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