The Tornado jacket from Polaris is a garment for cold weather cycling. To keep you comfortable on those long winter rides, the panelling on the chest and sleeves is fully windproof.
In fact the Tornado is so good at keeping the elements at bay, when the temperature does rise it becomes something of hinderance.
As you want from a windproof jacket, it's fitting as opposed to being loose. Nothing to catch in the wind, flapping around and causing drag or annoyance.
It's made from Thermatek fabric which makes the jacket warm, breathable and comfortable. This combination is part of the Tornado's 'climate control system,' balancing the needs of the rider whether they are climbing or descending.
So it has proven; whether it's been a cold early morning ride or a misty homeward ride, the Tornado has rebuffed the winds. It can feel overworked if you really work up a sweat - the Thermatek fabric can't get rid of the moisture fast enough but this is only something you notice when you take the jacket off.
If you were to get caught in a shower the Tornado would need another layer on top to prevent it from filling up like a sponge. Avoid the wet stuff and you've got a jacket that fits well and performs very well at regulating your temperature.
Externally the jacket has some nice touches. There are four elasticated pockets on the rear; the two on either end are sloped to allow easier access. This still leaves two sizable pouches in the centre and there is the added bonus of a zippered security pocket on the rear too. There are thumbloops and an extended collar to help prevent chills.
Reflective pipping adds some additional hi viz elements. Coupled with the jacket's black and orange colouring this gives an eye catching mix for drivers and doesn't look bad off the bike either.
Softshell winter jacket that keeps the wind out and the warmth in
road.cc test report
Make and model: Polaris Tornado jacket
Size tested: Medium, black/orange
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?
If you're looking for a windproof jacket with decent storage at a reasonable price, step forward the Polaris Tornado.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Apart from the technical performance, this jacket looks pretty good on and off the bike.
Well made with some decent thought going into the design and finish.
Can retain too much moisture on longer rides but certainly keeps the wind out.
A lot of wind chill jackets because of the material used are a little prone to snags.
Feels comfortable without being too bulky.
Have been kept warm and windless.
The Tornado won't whip up a storm at this price (Ouch! I'd say get yer coat, but you've already got one - Ed).
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The jacket is fit for purpose.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfy, fitted well and looks good.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It could do with a breast pocket, inside or out wouldn't matter. Something to keep your essentials in other than a zipped pocket at the rear that is likely to get covered in all sorts during the winter months.
Did you enjoy using the product? I did.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? I would have no concerns in recommending this to a friend.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Good value and performance
About the tester
I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three My best bike is: As above
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT