Polaris 3 Quartz 3/4-length leggings review£36.99

Springtime knee savers

BikeRadar score4/5

In spring, autumn and winter, three-quarter length leggings have the advantage over shorts and knee warmers in that they never ride down to expose a thin band of goose-pimpled flesh. 

These 3 Quartz leggings are flat-stitched, lightweight Lycra with a synthetic, antibacterial chamois. They’re more like long shorts than winter tights, but once you’re moving, they can keep your knees warm even at single digit temperatures. 

The back is high enough to keep out draughts, too. A decent cut and plenty of stretch prevent bagginess, while grippered hems stop the 3s riding up. They’re machine washable and come in sizes S to XXL.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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