Polaris Venom Echelon gilet review

Polaris Venom gilet
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Neither all singing nor budget makes the Venom a somewhat lost garment, it?s works OK but for me it?s let down because of the lack of pockets.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Close fitting design

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    White shoulders give a degree of visibility

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Stowage needs more work

Polaris's Venom Echelon is a close-fitting gilet made up with stretchy, soft shell fabric that provides good wind protection while a nice big stretchy mesh panel on the back keeps you from overheating.

The elasticated armholes and gripper hem make for a good fitting gilet.

Constructed with just one zip pocket on the back and accessed from the side, it proved to be tricky to use, especially on the move, this meant using my jersey cargo pockets underneath.

As a minimum a gilet like this needs to have one stuff pocket in which to place warmers or a shower proof jacket and thus increase the modular use of the gilet.