Primal's Onyx Black Label is a stylishly understated jersey that packs a great performance with a really low price tag of just £40.
Primal have used a combination of HexaDri and Venta fabrics in the jersey. Fancy names indeed, but the double knit polyester fabrics do a stellar job of pulling sweat and moisture away from your skin or base layer and keeping you dry. I used the jersey on some pretty hot days and have to say it really did an excellent job, effortlessly rivalling jerseys costing three times as much.
The fit of the jersey, which Primal call 'sport' is on the loose side rather than a skintight fit. That's perfect for cyclists who don't want a figure-hugging jersey but it is a casual fit, rather than baggy. If you are of the skinnier build and want a slightly closer fit I'd suggest going down a size.
It's a tricky thing judging the fit of a jersey but Primal have got it just about right for the 'club rides, long tours, mountain biking and commuting' market they're pitching it at.
There are raglan sleeves which fit well around the shoulders and don't provide any restriction of movement. Three regular pockets give you plenty of stowage capacity for any length of ride. The jersey is finished with flatlock reflective piping throughout which is a really nice detail, and something to appreciate at this time of year as the evenings start to draw in.
The only potential downside to this otherwise brilliant jersey is the choice of colours: any you like as long as it's black.
Thoughtfully designed jersey that works really well at an impressive price
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Make and model: Primal Onyx Black Label Men's Jersey
Size tested: Small, Black
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?
The jersey features a technical, double knit performance polyester fabric called HexaDri. This has a push/pull effect that wicks sweat away from the body to keep you cool and comfortable on the bike. This moisture management system works by pulling perspiration from the surface of the skin and pushing it off the face of the jersey.
Sport Cut Fit
Based on performance analysis, Primal Sport Cut Jerseys feature a slightly relaxed fit that lies close to the body's natural lines without being too constrictive, while still providing essential moisture management. A raglan sleeve extends from the arm cuff and is sewn at the collar. Primal Sport Cut Jerseys are perfect for club rides, long tours, mountain biking, commuting, centuries and gran fondos.
Primal Jerseys are designed to wick and disperse moisture from the surface of the skin causing it to evaporate and lowering the overall body temperature. This moisture management system not only makes the garment more comfortable, but also allows the body to perform at its peak. All Primal jerseys are designed by cyclists for cyclists with graphics that resonate on or off the road.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Sport cut (slightly relaxed fit), raglan sleeve
HexaDri and technical fabrics
Full length YKK hidden zipper
Reflective flatlock stitching
3 rear cargo pockets
Tagless label system
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Brilliant price backed up by brilliant performance. A few more colour choices would be nice though.
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.