The guys from Primal Europe came visiting road.cc HQ the other day to show us the spring/summer 2017 range, and here are the highlights. It might be a touch cold to be wearing short sleeves for a while, but it’ll be available soon.
QX5 is Primal’s top level performance clothing. The jersey (£100) is made from a lightweight, 3D patterned polyester fabric that’s designed so that only about half the surface sits on your skin. It has mesh panels and compression sleeves that are positioned slightly forward relative to the jersey body, designed to sit well when you’re in a riding position.
The shorts (£175) come with a new TMF Italian chamois.
The Helix 2.0 jerseys, which come in a slim Pro Tour cut, have laser cut sleeves for a low profile fit and a zipped pocket in addition to the usual three cargo pockets at the back, features that the previous Helix jerseys didn’t have. The Orange You Glad jersey (£90) is covered in a banana print. Thankfully, the shorts (£135) aren’t.
The Helix jerseys (£80) don’t get the laser cut sleeves or zipped pocket of the Helix 2.0 but you get the same fit, mesh panels and a full-length zip. The bib shorts (£130) are made with flatlock stitching and have silicone leg grippers.
You’re either going to love the Trigger Happy design or run a mile in the opposite direction. Evo level jerseys (£65) come in a race fit, slightly roomier than a Pro Tour cut, and still come with mesh panels, a full length zip and a silicone waist gripper.
The matching shorts (£90) feature a four-layer E6 Carbon chamois.
This jersey (£50) comes in a sport cut that’s designed with recreational riders in mind. It has been upgraded with a zip pocket at the back that’s big enough to take your mobile phone. The text on the right sleeve says ‘Burn calories, not fuel’.
Got Lemons? is a Helix level women’s jersey (£80). As well as lemons, those are bees on there.
This is a four-way stretch Evo jersey (£65) in a race fit with mesh underarm, neck and side panels.
Primal is offering a range of arm warmers (£20), socks (£8) and caps. You might not want to go full colour on everything, but a bit of mix and match could look cool.
All of these products will be live on www.primaleurope.com soon.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.