It’s an unassuming jersey, available in red as well as the black and white version on show here, made from a fleece-lined Roubaix fabric and with a recommended temperature range of eight to 16 degrees.
That’s proved to be fairly accurate at the bottom of the scale and, while we haven’t had much weather recently at the top end, the jersey worked well at releasing heat and wicking off sweat during a turbo session in a cold shed.
It’s a fairly lightweight jersey, with no windproofing to speak of, and so if it’s colder than eight to ten degrees then you’ll likely want to pair it with a windproof gilet or similar to block the chill. Alternatively, the jersey works well as a warm, breathable and low-bulk mid-layer on colder days.
Vermarc describe the jersey as having a ‘racing cut’ and while it’s certainly slim, it’s not as race whippet as some jerseys. On the whole the fit is good, with no undue bunching of material on the bike, and it’s ideal for training rides, club runs and sportives.
The arm length is good and the elasticated cuff sits comfortably and doesn’t ride up when climbing or riding on the drops. A full-length zip is always handy for additional ventilation but the zip is small and a little fragile, raising a minor question mark over longevity.
Out back there is the usual arrangement of three rear pockets, with an additional zipped pocket for valuables, and the pockets proved to be well-sized and easy to access while riding, while also holding their shape when loaded.
The jersey’s two-colour panel styling is fairly understated and while the white can quickly become discoloured by spray and dirt kicked up from the road, it does improve visibility on the road in contrast with the black panels. Speaking of visibility, there is a small amount of reflective detailing on the jersey (on the zipped valuables pocket and Vermarc logo) but it’s fairly minimal.
The Vermarc Prima PRR Long Sleeved Jersey is a fairly unremarkable jersey but that’s no bad thing. It’s a simple, straight-forward long sleeve jersey with thermal protection which works well as a mid-layer in cold conditions, or as an outer layer when things are a little milder.