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The Primal Chameleon Women's Evo 2.0 Cycling Jersey punches above its weight in terms of performance at this price, making it a good choice for sportier riders on a budget. Just bear in mind it's a race fit, so expect it to be snug for its size.
Made from Primal's super-stretchy 100% polyester Q3 Elite fabric, this short-sleeved performance jersey features laser-cut sleeves, mesh panels at the back of the neck and down the sides, a full-length YKK zip, and three pouch pockets at the rear.
The highly stretchy fabric is partnered with a figure-hugging race fit – consider sizing up if a sleek, contoured fit is not what you're not after. (Our womannequin is very small…) It's very different in this respect from other Primal jerseys I've tried, and the cut is proportionally much larger at the bust than the hips, making it best suited to more athletically shaped women (but with a bosom) rather than more hourglass shapes.
As well as contouring the body well, the jersey stays put thanks to the gripper at the bottom hem and the sleeves.
This close-to-body cut allows the highly moisture-wicking fabric to do its thing really well, drying super-fast and allowing sweat to get out and ventilation to get in. The mesh panels are particularly helpful and effective on a hot day.
It's exceptionally comfortable to wear, and performs far more impressively than you might expect for the price.
There's no zipped pocket, but I didn't really feel the lack, and it does keep extraneous features to a minimum in favour of sleek performance. The pouch pockets allow plenty of space for ride essentials, and are big enough for a smartphone in a protective ride pouch.
The Evo 2.0 is available in five different designs, some bolder than others. It also comes in a staggering seven different sizes.
For a sleek, performance-focused jersey, £70 is looking like a good deal. Many jerseys of this type come in at a much higher price point, with the lower prices reserved for more recreational type products. That said, it's only £4 less than Bioracer's Vesper SS Jersey Sister Snake, but the two do stand apart as cost-effective options for demanding riders.
Is it up there in terms of performance and quality with the incredibly lightweight and breathable Rapha Women's Pro Team Crit Jersey at £110? Possibly not, but for £40 less it more than earns its space in the starting line.
The shape won't suit everyone, but if it works for you, it's hard to argue with a cool-looking, effective, performance-orientated jersey at this sort of price. Comfortable, stylish and effective.
Attractive, effective and affordable, a high-performance jersey at a recreational jersey price – but check the fit is for you
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Primal Chameleon Women's Evo 2.0 Cycling Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Aimed at all types of female road cyclist, particularly those looking for a performance-focused jersey at a low price.
Primal simply says: 'This Jersey is perfect for your next bicycle ride.'
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* 3 Angled Rear Cargo Pockets
* Flatlock Stitching
* FlexPro Laser Cut Arm Band
* Full Length Hidden YKK Zipper
* Mesh Side Panels
* Mesh Underarm and Neck Panels
* Q3 Elite Fabric
* Race Fit
* Silicone Waist Gripper
Available in sizes XS - 3XL
Not quite as nicely finished as some higher end jerseys, but nice quality fabric and components. The fabric is pleasant to wear.
The fabric wicks moisture quickly and effectively and the fit (if it suits) is sleek and minimised excess fabric and wind resistance.
Better durability than many higher end jerseys.
A slightly tricky cut in terms of bust size vs hip size, with more room at the top than expected for the hip size; this is a very different cut from Primal's Sport Fit jerseys. Length is good though and the level of stretch in the fabric does make the cut more versatile for different body shapes.
Race-fit so very sleek in terms of fit. Those on the borderline of sizes, or looking for a less snug fit, might want to size up.
It's not as light as some high-end race jerseys but the fabric still does a great job of wicking moisture and drying quickly, keeping the body a stable temperature.
Good value compared with many race-fit, performance-focused jerseys.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed very well.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
That it's available in sizes XS-3XL, the price, bold designs, fast-drying fabric, and performance focus.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The race fit and shape aren't ideal for me.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Many jerseys of this type come in at a much higher price point, with the lower prices typically reserved for recreational type products. That said, it's fairly comparable to the Bioracer Vesper SS Jersey Sister Snake at £74, but the two do stand apart as cost-effective options for demanding riders. The incredibly lightweight and breathable Rapha Women's Pro Team Crit Jersey, for example, is £110.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Absolutely
Use this box to explain your overall score
This is a cost-effective option for demanding riders looking for a sleek fit and high-performance fabrics without the high-end budget typically required. The jersey looks good, and the fabric does a great job.
About the tester
I usually ride: Liv Invite My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite
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: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.