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Review: Primal’s Women’s Winter Wear

We got our hands on some of Primal's winter outdoor wear, and here's what we think.

Primal are one of the few cycling clothing companies to have a wide range of women’s cycling wear, that just keeps growing.

This year Primal have released a new line of winter thermal clothing which boasts durable 4-way thermal fabric technology that keeps the rider warm, whilst allowing the air to circulate to prevent overheating.

It’s been a very wet start to our winter this year. Howling winds have had us layering up, and bracing ourselves for gale force battered rides. So this made for the perfect conditions to test Primal’s winter range of cycling gear.

Rideon Women’s Cycling Jersey (£50)

Who can miss this eye-catching jersey? It’s retro design and vibrant in colour, with active upbeat slogans to get you pumped for a good ride. It’s fun, and that’s what cycling is all about! This is just one of the many jerseys from Primal’s brilliant range for women.

Made from a super lightweight wicken polyester, it’s really comfortable against the skin and breathable whilst you’re riding. The jersey has a relaxed fit, which contours to the body without suffocating, or being too restrictive to move in.

I’m not usually a fan of full-length zipped jerseys, but I was really surprised by this one. The zip is discrete, not bulky and the inside isn’t cold against the skin unlike others. There’s also 3 rear cargo pockets for your essential snacks and mini-tools.

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Women’s Onyx Covi Tights (£65)

The Onyx Covi winter tights are brilliant for those chilly morning rides, and evening trails.

These have a built-in padded chamois which is made from three layers of density foam, meaning that they are really squishy and comfortable for those long days in the saddle. The inside of the tights are lined with a soft thermal material which is warm against the skin, and able to keep the rider warm and comfortable.

A blend of Polyester and Spandex means these tights are stretchy, easy to cycle in whilst remaining stylish. Each ankle has Silicone cuffs to help prevent any slipping, or riding up which are reinforced with discrete zips. Theses are great for stopping cold air rushing up your legs.

For £65, these are very reasonably priced. The chamois is comfortable to ride in, even if it isn’t the most discrete (you can see it clearly through the stitching). The Onyx Covi tights are comfortable and functional, without being too restrictive to ride in. They’re great for cold weather riding because they do help to keep you warm, without over-heating.

Women’s Oslo Second Layer Jacket (£90)

The Oslo Second Layer Jacket from Primal works really well as a thermal layer, keeping the rider warm whilst remaining versatile.

This jacket fits really well to the body, leaving space for additional layers underneath. There’s 3 cargo pockets at the rear for all those ride essentials. The cut of the jacket is comfortable, with additional length on the back and a Silicone strip around the waist to prevent the jacket riding up and exposing your goose-bumped skin to the elements.

I got on really well with the Oslo Second Layer jacket. It’s great for a mid-layer and outter layer (if the weather is dry). I like the fit and additional length on the back and the arms, as no part of my body was exposed whilst riding and I didn’t have to stop to pull it around or re-adjust myself, which is a bonus.

Onyx Women’s Rain Jacket (£60)

I’ve never used one of these rain jackets before and it’s definitely got a thin and unusual feel to it.

Both wind and rain resistant, this super lightweight jacket doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all. It’s so thin and light that it’s the easiest jacket to roll away into your cargo pocket or pack.

There’s a zipped access pocket on the side so you’re still able to get to your side pocket essentials, and elastic cuffs on the arms to pinch in to prevent any water travelling up your sleeve.

I’m really impressed with Primal’s range of winter clothing. It kept me warm and dry, but not too warm that I felt uncomfortable. The rain jacket and leggings have to be my favourite pieces for comfort and functionality, while the jersey would be my favourite for cu and design.

Despite the high quality of these products, and the brilliant designs, the prices aren’t as much as some of the other leading brands in cycling. This makes Primal affordable, function and all round brilliant bike wear.

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