Polaris Zone jersey £50

Bike-friendly top

BikeRadar score 3/5

Chunky mountain bike fleeces used to be all the rage, but the Polaris Zone is one of what is now a surprisingly rare breed.

It’s described as an “active outdoor fleece top” rather than a bike-specific one, but it has got cycle-friendly features, such as reflective trim around the hem and sleeves.

There’s no rear pocket, which would usually be found on a bike jersey. There is a zipped chest pocket, but that’s not our favourite pouch location – anything with any weight tends to swing in front of you.

As you’d expect from a fairly thick fleece, this is a warm top, and is probably best saved for the tail end of autumn. The three-quarter front zip affords good ventilation, while a zip garage prevents irritation.

We did find the collar a tad too tall, but how much of an issue that is will depend on your shape and riding position. Fit is fairly close, but there’s scope for a base layer if you need more warmth.

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