Polaris' Summit jacket has a lot of features for the money, including a rear pocket, a chest pocket, long-length zip pulls, a zip-away hood and generous vents.
The cut is roomy enough to layer up on colder days and allow plenty of movement on the bike too, while the drop tail is long enough even for this tall tester. It’s well-specified then in terms of functional features but the Summit wasn’t a favourite to actually ride in.
The breathability isn’t high, but we wouldn’t expect that on a jacket at this price, and the long front vents do a good job of allowing plenty of cooling air in. Our issue is more with the feel of the jacket – it isn’t quite as refined in cut and construction as most others we've tested recently and that’s noticeable when riding. We were quite simply more aware of it.
It’s another jacket that will do double duty on the commute though, as it goes over street clothes easily and it feels durable enough to last well – and that’s not to mention the visibility the eye-catching colour combination provides.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.