Polaris AM 500 Repel shorts review

Water resistant baggy shorts

BikeRadar score3/5

These shorts are designed to make wet days on the trails more comfortable. The cut is slightly longer in the leg to keep you dry but a baggier sizing means you can get a touch of the dreaded rubbing/swishy noise. Try before you buy to make sure the roomier accommodation and higher waist is to your liking. 

The DWR coating does a good job of repelling moisture and the stretchy crotch material allows for a good range of movement, although when really wet can feel a bit sodden. We’d forgo stretchiness in favour of more water resistance. Mesh venting and a security pocket are nice touches though. 

A good option for showery spring riding that won’t leave you over-heating if the sun pokes its head out.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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