The Primavera long sleeve jersey from OneTen aims to tackle those days when it's too warm for a jacket but too nippy for summer kit; British weather really. A technical piece of clothing, every panel's material seems to have been considered and applied to best effect.
OneTen is a new brand for me so off to the 'about us' I went. The company specifically aims to apply brain power over tradition when designing their kit, to create items that work in all the right places. The jersey feels different to any long sleeve I've used in the past.
To combat the elements in the last few weeks I've had the Oneten Pioggia Shell jacket, the in-house clothing brand from distributor Hotlines. Don't be deceived by first impressions - despite its lightweight construction and minimal feel, the jacket is fit for purpose.
Deciding what to wear at this time of year can be determined by what you can cram into your pockets/rucksack. The Oneten Pioggia Vest is an ideal companion for any ride, as this versatile gilet not only offers great wind protection but is super light and packs down really well.
The OneTen Intimo Seamless long sleeve base layer is a really stretchy, fast drying base layer that provides sufficient warmth to be useful right through the winter.
The Intimo is mostly polypropylene with enough elastane in there to provide loads of stretch. It's cut long in the body and sleeves so there's no danger of any exposed skin when you're on the bike and you get quite a high neck to keep the cold air out.
OneTen is this in-house clothing brand from distributor Hotlines and when they launched their winter range last month the Primo Bib Knickers instantly stood out. It's important to keep your knees wrapped up in the autumn (I can't stress the importance of this enough) and bib knickers, or three-quarters as they're sometimes called, do a very good job of insulating your knee joints.
This is a very good jersey for hot days in the saddle – and we must get a few of those before too long, surely.
The Giro is made from three different fabrics. The bulk of the jersey is simple microfibre polyester – lightweight and very stretchy stuff. Then you have the panels that run along the sides and the sides of the back; these are 3D structured mesh. They're also very stretchy and they let loads of air through.
The Oneten Primo bib shorts put in a solid performance for summer riding.
The shorts are made from six panels of a mid-weight polyamide/elastane that are cut to give a good anatomical shape. The wide leg grippers are made from a double thickness of similar (though not exactly the same) fabric. There's no silicone inside there, though, so they don't hold onto your legs as well as some. I found they could slide up a little in use – not loads, but a bit.