Polaris AM 1000 Repel Trousers - Review

Jan 12, 2015
by Paul Aston  
Polaris AM 100 Repel Trousers

Polaris AM 100 Repel Trousers
Polaris AM 1000 Repel Trousers

Born in Derbyshire, England, through founder Roger Dillon's desire to create suitable clothing for the emerging mountain bike market, Polaris takes its name from the navigational aid, the North Star. With no prior experience in the field, when Dillon founded the company he even had to teach himself to sew in the process. 2015 marks their 25th anniversary, and the products are now available in over eighteen countries.

Constructed from DWR (durable water repellent) fabric the AM 1000 Repel Trail trousers feature an elasticated, wicking waistband/belt, side vents and a zipped pocket on the hip. The 'Linkin system' allows you to attach the trousers to any of Polaris' short liners. Colour options are Black and Graphite, with a choice of Cyan or Lime highlights. Sizing is available in S through to XXL and are priced at £69.99 (approx $106 USD). Polaris Bikewear

Polaris AM 100 Repel Trousers
The belt/waistband functions well, holding up the Repels even when heavy with mud.

Polaris AM 100 Repel Trousers
Zip-vents help slightly, but their positioning on the outer thigh means they're not as effective as they could be.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIts been at least 10 years since I last rode a bike in trousers, back in my downhill heyday, when muddy races often required some huge, military-surplus style over-trousers in a vain attempt to stay warm and dry for at least two runs and the subsequent lifts up in a cattle truck. When I received these they weren't the first thing I was reaching for to try out, but when they were finally donned I was more than pleasantly surprised. They're lightweight, with a decent belt system that keeps them up despite my skinny waist, and a four-way stretch material that's more than flexible enough while sitting and pedalling even over a set of medium-sized knee pads. In addition, the high crotch keeps them from snagging on the saddle when getting on or off the bike, or during steep downhill sections. Velcro ankle adjustment keep out the cold and avoid getting caught up in the front chainring despite the rise of one-by systems without a guide. The grey 'butt panel' is more waterproof than the rest of the trouser, which are splash-proof, but the water will soak in over a long day in the rain.

I have been using the Repel as an over-trouser, wearing leggings underneath for warmth and the trouser to deter water and mud. I found they are a good weight, and haven't encountered much overheating. The vents being situated on the outside of the thigh don't really allow as much air flow as vents on the inner thigh would, but they do help slightly. A massive bonus of wearing trouser when heading out for a muddy shred is not having to clean knee pads and tights along with the rest of your life after every ride; the Repels end up hanging to dry on my handlebars until the next ride. If you're trying to be a cool downhill kid, these may not have the fashion appeal you long for, but they are a solid, functional product. - Paul Aston


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40 Comments

  • + 34
 it is possible that anyone - anyone - in the field MTB apparel ever went to fashion design school? looks like something made in 1970's Soviet Russia from recycled garbage bags, designed as protection for nuclear power station janitorial employees. foul
  • + 27
 Function over fashion.
  • + 22
 Only Sombrio did. I want rain pants that look like skinny jeans and a rain jacket that looks like a plaid shirt. Then I can look cool like all the other kids in the bike park.
  • + 6
 They look like track pants from Walmart in the 90's and I'm more of a skidoo guy anyways.
  • + 1
 Looks like something Jason would wear for a killing tour.
  • + 7
 Stop! Hammer Time...
  • + 2
 They'll be covered in mud within seconds, all your expensive designs trashed with it.
  • + 3
 Do they offer any animal prints?
  • + 2
 there...just...trousers..?
  • + 21
 "Do these make my ass look big?"
  • + 4
 Yes, honey. Yes they do.
  • + 24
 No, Honey. Your ass makes your ass look big.
  • + 17
 Yes, and that's the way I like it *slaps ass*
  • + 1
 lol, @BoogieWater,you are so funny...
  • + 11
 Pinkbike 2015 mtb trouser of the year potential?
  • + 9
 Someone get a tow truck over here...he'll need help pulling all that fabric out of his a$$.
  • + 2
 I live in Western WA where it never gets that cold and I don't think I've ever even worn the full leg warmers, much less pants. Knee warmer or kneepads and shorts seem to work fine here all year round. I could see these being good for lift-served riding but I think they'd fill up with an imperial gallon of ball sweat if you tried climbing in them...
  • + 1
 ya. shorts with long johns underneath. if thats not enough wear knee high ski socks (under the long johns please hipsters). l have never seen a good looking and functional rain pant for mtn. biking
  • + 3
 I have these and they are pants - the coating doesn't last long and your arse gets soggy very quickly.
  • + 1
 Acre, kitsbow, and giro got it going on, but I can't afford em. Mtb gear (merino/spandex/poly) that doesn't scream...I'm a mtb'r!
  • + 2
 this pants will bring you directly at the opposite direction of any vagina around you
  • + 4
 ...trousers
  • + 2
 Folks: Any real recommendations for waterproof (butt...) and windproof pants for riding bikes? No shorts please..
  • + 1
 Thanks mate!
  • + 1
 same brand but actually long term waterproof. made of rubber. no magic miracle membrane, rubber. packs small and is very light.
shop.hellyhansen.com/us/item/w-voss-pant-51082/?t_type=src&COLOR=590%20CLASSIC%20NAVY&t_type=cat
  • + 4
 Hammer time!
  • + 1
 Bought these cheap last year, repels water about as well as a fishing net! Don't waste your money!
  • + 1
 i'm not gay or that but that guy in the pics got not a bad wee arse on him.
  • + 1
 I'm glad somebody noticed...
  • + 1
 How could i not notice? if i had a dung cannon like that i'd be a millionaire, glad to see you're using it to its full potential.
You and that arse of yours are going places mate.
  • + 3
 endura
  • + 2
 And you ruin em as soon as you fall...
  • + 2
 They look like chaps from behind! Oooh yeah!
  • + 1
 Its mountain biking - doesn't have to look good, just hast to work.
  • + 1
 YUP them there are trousers, butt ugly
  • + 1
 I see a Trouser Snake.
  • + 1
 I like the shoes more.
  • + 2
 They're Giro Alpineduros that have come in to test. At a first glance they seem great, more comfortable than they look. There will be a review in about a months time.
  • + 1
 Thanks. Looking forward.

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