Polaris’s new Scandium jacket is really well cut. The sleeves are exactly the right length, the collar doesn’t rub and the drop tail is long enough without looking like a pair of your nan’s pants.
It packs in a lot of features as well as being a good fit though.
It’s manufactured from Hydrovent Active material, which is fully waterproof yet breathable – ideal for the average British weekend. It fastens tight enough to keep you warm but you never get that ‘boil-in-the-bag’ feeling. We were happy just to wear a base layer underneath it.
There are also good sized, easily accessible vents under the arms, velcro cuffs and drawstrings for the helm and collar.
The Scandium has a few reflective strips, although you could hardly call its slate grey colour ‘high-vis’. We liked the stealth look, though, and it passed the ‘casual wear down the pub’ test easily.
In short, the Polaris Scandium is a great jacket. It’s light enough to be stuffed in a hydropack, waterproof enough to cope with all but a tidal wave and fits well.