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This here is Primal Wear's best-selling Pink Floyd prism album print jersey, continuing the brand’s tradition for quirky but stylish takes on the classic road top. Flattering worn with traditional Lycra training attire or looser cut messenger/mtb longs, its standard detailing includes three rear pockets and concealed 3/4 length zipper offering decent storage and sensible airflow.
The jersey boasts raglan sleeves, joined in a single piece, and so avoiding a seam across the shoulder and theoretically branding/chafing. In common with many jerseys, 'Pro Sensor Advanced Moisture Transfer' is just a clever way of saying it's a plaited two-layer polyester with fibres stroking the skin absorb wetness, and secondary fibres using body heat to traffic it outside, minimising bacterial growth, odour and chill.
Sizing won't present any surprises, especially when making virtual purchases, while ergonomic panelling optimises freedom of movement, smoothing out those regions that can leave us feeling a little self-conscious.
Long, steady miles on and off asphalt haven't revealed any obvious weaknesses either in the material's strength or moisture transfer, although forgoing base layers on successive outings resulted in some unsightly sweat rashes around the pectoral and rib regions. In common with most mid-range polyesters, wicking is never seamless; fibres need to reach a certain temperature before trafficking commences but we're talking arid within fifteen minutes with zipper at half-mast.
Our zip required a more definite tug but is still easily commanded single handily wearing summer weight full finger gloves. Another recurrent and in my view, welcome feature throughout the range is factor thirty-five sun protection-perfect for blazing hot summer days, although don't forget to apply UV repelling lotion to exposed skin. There's no excuse for leaving it behind as the jersey’s since deep pockets will swallow moderate bottles without comedic ejection, even across unmade roads, aided and abetted by elasticated cuffs.
Talking of which, regular brushes with brambles and my malevolent farm cat suggest it'll age very gracefully too. Having run Primal for several seasons, I can confirm there's sufficient room for long sleeved base layers, extending horizons to three season's service when temperatures can dip and sharp showers descend unexpectedly.
Of course the design, which for those who aren't fans of 70s rock homages the cover of Pink Floyd's mega-selling album Dark Side of the Moon is a bit Marmite; it's going to appeal to Pink Floyd fans, but others might think it's like punk never happened.
Another Quirky and reassuringly competent pop art alternative to traditional road jerseys.
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Make and model: Primal Pink Floyd Prism jersey
Size tested: Medium
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?
Essentially Primal Wear jerseys are for those who take their riding seriously but who aren't overly endeared to replica team kits.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
100% Polyester | 180 gsm | SPF 35
Plaited double-knit fabric with 2-way mechanical stretch has a push/pull effect which draws moisture from the surface of skin and pushes it off the face of the jersey to keep you cool and dry.
Set-In Cut with 3/4 Hidden Zipper and 3 Rear Pockets
Made with 100% SpeedPro advanced moisture transfer fabric
On par with similarly priced polyester fare.
Priceless as a gift to a cycling pink Floyd fan but reasonable in all other respects.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, Primal's Pink floyd prism jersey has been a lot of fun to wear, compliments different genres of riding attire handsomely and wicks moisture fairly expediently. Livery aside, not sure its any better than similarly priced competition though.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Nice cut, efficient climate management and the interesting design proved a talking point.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing given the design brief and limits of polyester fabrics.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they fancied something a little different, or were a devout Pink Floyd fan
Age: 39 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)