This Primal Axios Helix jersey is a classily restrained looking racing top, but the American Company Primal certainly have some interesting jersey styles in their catalogue with the likes of their Rock and Roll album cover range or the Brewery collection depicting your favourite tipple.
To be fair the standard collection is pretty colourful too - the Tattoo'd jersey features 'Asian, American and classic tattoo designs from the past and present'. All well and good for the not-so-serious riding.
For quicker days though, Primal's Helix range, of which the Axios jersey is part of, uses the company's top-end fabrics and a more race orientated cut. The front and back uses what Primal call SLR Ion fabric, lightweight and designed to vent cool air to the skin's surface; while the arms use Z29, a fabric that is dimpled on the surface by reducing drag. Think golf ball effect. Side panels are normally used for dispersing body heat and its no different here with the Axios Helix using AE Elite mesh is the fabric which is also found on the shoulder panels.
Finishing things off are a full length zip and three deep rear pockets. Price, £69.99.
The first thing you notice about the Axios when you put it on is how well it fits. It's figure hugging without being restrictive and moves with you as you change position on the bike with no bunching at the zip.
The pockets are angled which makes placing or retrieving things easy when you're on the move. They are a decent depth too, easily holding your tubes, tyre levers etc, without any sign of sag.
Warm days have been few and far between so far this spring but on the odd occasion the temperature has been nudging the high teens the Axios has done a decent job of keeping me cool. The shoulders and back barely got clammy at all even with a rucksack in place.
It feels like a good quality jersey too with decent stitching and a tidy finish. It's seen plenty of machine washing, with mud and oil marks easily washing out of the front and rear panels.
I'd say the 70 quid price tag is about right considering the performance, fit and material spec and compares to its competitors. Sizing ranges from S-XXXL and is spot on to their sizing chart as the medium fitted me exactly as it should. The blue/white/black is the only colourway available but there are matching shorts. If you buy the two together you get a discount of about £15 for the pair.
Overall the Axios Helix jersey is a race quality garment which manages body heat a lot better than some lighter weight competitors. The materials are soft against the skin with no irritating seams and longevity certainly doesn't look like an issue. The fit is brilliant with no bunching of the material whether in the drops or sat upright.
Sensibly priced performance jersey with a great fit and wicking properties.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Primal Axios Helix jersey
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Part of Primal's Helix range which is aimed at the performance rider with a close fit and various materials. The fit is excellent and very well cut.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Contoured Race Cut Fit
SLR Ion Fabric
Z92 Fabric Sleeves
Ergonomic Mesh Panels
Full Length YKK Exposed Zipper
3 Angled Rear Pockets
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, the fit is good and it will definitely be grabbed out of the wardrobe many times over the summer.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and the colour.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 34 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Ribble Winter Trainer for commuting, Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Sarto Rovigo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.