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Primal's Frequency Evo jersey offers good comfort and performance in warmer temperatures, and the fit is slightly more relaxed if you don't want a skin-tight jersey.
The Q3 Elite material that Primal uses has a four-way stretch, which benefits the fit of the jersey. It deals well with sweat, making it ideal for tackling long rides in high temperatures. It dries quickly as well - you notice this when you stop for coffee after going like the clappers, it doesn't stay damp for long. It's also comfortable next to the skin if you choose not to wear a base layer.
The jersey has a well-tailored shape and it's a good fit. It's somewhere between an athletic and relaxed fit; a medium is a proper medium. The waistband is elasticated and there's a silicone lining that helps the jersey stay in place and not ride up your back when you are head down in the drops. The raglan sleeves are a good length on the arms, well they lined up nicely with my tan lines (an important consideration!)
While the material deals well with heat, your main means of ventilation is the full-length zipper, which lets you evacuate a lot of heat very quickly. It's a high-quality metal YKK zipper too, and there's a thin flap of material that sits over the top of the zip when it is done up that gives the jersey a good appearance.
The three rear pockets are generously sized and there's no issue carrying a pump, spare tube, mobile phone and some energy bars. I'd like to see one zipped pocket for securely stashing the house keys, though, but Primal isn't alone in this omission. A nice detail is the angled outer pockets, this makes it slightly easier to get at the contents.
As well as standard colours like this, Primal offers a custom-printing service for clubs and the like. We like what they do so much that we got our road.cc shorts and jerseys from them.
Good jersey for warm summer rides with a comfortable fit
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Primal Frequency Evo Cycling Jersey
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?
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.
3 Elite is a plaited double-knit fabric with 4-way mechanical stretch and a square grid texture which helps channel moisture away from the body while keeping the fabric ultra-light. The double-knit construction provides an excellent moisture management system, pulling moisture away from the back of the fabric and pushing it off the face to keep you dry and comfortable.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Race Fit, Raglan Sleeve
Q3 Elite Fabric
Mesh Side Panels
Mesh Underarm and Neck Panels
Full Length Hidden YKK Zipper
3 Angled Rear Cargo Pockets
Silicone Waist Gripper
Tagless Label System
Primal says it's race fit but it's a bit more relaxed than that in reality
If you do want a race fit and you are slim, you will want to size down
It's a comfortable fabric next to the skin and breathability is good
Primal gets the basics right with this jersey and the fabric offers good performance in warm weather and the addition of mesh side panels helps in the heat
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Goes through the regular wash with no problem
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The construction, fit and materials of the jersey are good
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfortable and good heat management, and it dries quickly
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The design won't be to all tastes
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe
Use this box to explain your score
It's a good performance jersey at a reasonable price and is a good option for warmer weather and long rides with stops
About the tester
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 worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.