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Primal Wear-what's the deal?(22 posts)

Primal Wear-what's the deal?yeah right
Jul 24, 2002 8:09 AM
Now, I'm no style god (mostly plain colored jerseys for me) but does anyone out there wear primal wear?

Would you admit to it if you did?

A mention in a thread yesterday and new performance catalogue last night make me wonder does anyone wear the stuff? I've seen it plenty of times in the store, but only once or twice on road, mostly on guys who are in their 30's and look like they still play dungeons and dragons. Why do they make these ugly, ugly designs? Anybody like 'em?
I dunno. Ugly as sin, though.Zonic Man
Jul 24, 2002 8:26 AM
I wouldn't be caught dead in any of that stuff.
Shoot, nailed me to the wall.SnowBlind
Jul 24, 2002 8:32 AM
Just finished NWN last night, and I own the steel lizard design. Long sleeve, so it does'nt get out much.
Most of the designs are a little too girly for me.
Deffinately has now place on the road...biknben
Jul 24, 2002 9:20 AM
Some MTB guys go for the gnarly designs. I think it's the most hideaous stuff I've ever seen.
Never even seen them on the trails...Matno
Jul 24, 2002 9:27 AM
I agree that they are super ugly. Maybe, if they didn't waste so much time on ugly designs, they could sell them at a lower price.
That's a little snobby....DrPete
Jul 24, 2002 9:45 AM
To say a brand of jersey has "no place on the road" is a little snooty, don't you think? Especially from people in a sport that still allows teams like Mapei to dress the way they do.

Any way you slice it, we're all grown adults in funny clothes. Give 'em a break.
That said, of course...DrPete
Jul 24, 2002 9:48 AM
I wouldn't be caught dead wearing Primal Wear.
Be careful - they're feelings are easily hurt.EricBH
Jul 24, 2002 9:51 AM
In BIKE mag (sorry, an MTB mag) a while back they're was an editorial lamenting the demise of SWOBO - makers of fine (tastfull) wool cycling clothing. The same editorial went on to say what a shame it was that a cool company like SWOBO could go under and then at the same time a company with such hideous designs like Primal Wear could thrive.

The editorial received a reply from Primal Wear blasting them pretty good stating how popular their designs were, etc. Every subsequent issue for about 4 months after that had a Primal wear ad featuring one hideous design after another with captions meant to get back at the editorial (who has no control over advertising).
by the way Swobo coming back...daneil
Jul 24, 2002 10:35 AM
Thanks to Jive Tolkien from the board for this little bit of info.
I got a jersey as a gift that isn't too bad...miposy
Jul 24, 2002 10:12 AM
...but it would be a lot better if the sides weren't dominated by the Primal Logo. It looks like they put the jersey on a potter's wheel and splashed random colors on it. I feel quite visable during my commute.

Also, I saw a guy during the STP with a full Primal getup (jersey, shorts, and socks). He was looking VERY Mario.
Pre-adolescent designs and just plain ugly (nm)Crankist
Jul 24, 2002 10:22 AM
I'll raise my hand..longfellow68
Jul 24, 2002 10:40 AM
I have one of the old ones, a black/white one with 3 fish on each side. I think it was the best looking jersey they made and I still wear it weekly. I think I bought it in 1998.
Always thought Jerry Garcia (deadheads) designed the new stuff..
I have one...Becky
Jul 24, 2002 10:46 AM
but it's a subdued (for PW) jungle print with leaves and such on it in mostly dark green and white. Not too tacky and it was on sale. My complaint lies with the fit- evidently the designers of their women's jersies make no concessions for the female form. I certainly wouldn't buy another on the principals of fit alone.
I do and I like most of the jerseys nmPhatMatt
Jul 24, 2002 11:25 AM
Well, I'm not male and I don't play D&Ddsc
Jul 24, 2002 11:39 AM
and, sadly, I'm not 30 anynore... :-)

but yeah, I own several Primal jerseys, and like 'em just fine. Although, I will often choose a brighter, more visible jersey for riding on the road.

Agree with Becky, though, that their women's specific jerseys are cut more for someone about 5'4", 110 lbs., or so. They are pretty short and small in the shoulders on my 5'10" frame, so I usually just wear the men's jerseys (better graphics anyhow, so what else is new???)
re: Not the jersey, but I picked upJL
Jul 24, 2002 12:47 PM
some subdued cool weather tights. Not much to the spider web pattern on the side of the leg and they were on the clearance rack cheap. Of course, maybe the pattern is WHY they were on the clearance rack, but like I said it's not that bad. If a car notices me because of it, great, I want them to know I'm there.

I'm not too keen on most of their jerseys though.

Happy riding.

I'll stand upKSC
Jul 24, 2002 2:17 PM
Leave it to snotty road cyclists to snub their nose at anything that bucks tradition.
Your jersey choices are: solid colors (boring), wannabe-sponsored-walking-billboard (lame), or Primal Wear (or various Performance rip-offs).

I have a Primal Wear jersey and yes it's loud, it's obnoxious, but at least it's creative. It also fits really well and seems to be very durable. So I say viva la Primal Wear!

If wearing your skeleton on your shirt is good enough for Spinal Tap, it's good enough for me.
re: Primal Wear-what's the deal?Roadfrog
Jul 24, 2002 3:00 PM
I wish they would make shorts that matched some of their frog designs... you know... it's a froggy thing! HOP may have froggy shorts N/Mcurlybike
Jul 24, 2002 5:33 PM
I wear 'em to piss YOU off!grzy
Jul 24, 2002 5:20 PM
Got the one with the dead salmon print. Used to be a long sleave, but smacking a tree on the MTB took care of that. Now I got the post 80's shreaded jearsey look and get the hairy eyeball from uptight roadies everywhere. Damn thing fits, won't die and now that I've crashed in it it's "crash-proof". Some of their stuff is funny and some of it's a bit geeky, but I'm not sure how you can objectively seperate it from all the other crap out there. How about the other designs with the Looney Tunes characters on them? Super heros? Maybe poseur team wear is more your style? We're really talking about style and in some cases a sense of humor. The alien levitating the freewheel still cracks me up everytime I see it. Never played D&D and most guys won't sneer at you what you wear when you drop them. Besides, I always wear my Michael Jordan underwear below my bike shorts.
Jul 24, 2002 5:58 PM
Primal Wear is a cool member of the cycling community - maybe with products more toward the off road mindset than the poseur-minded psuedo-roadie.

Got the snake jersey a few years ago. Thought I was cool until Performance started promting them and I began to see a few others showing up on the road. I bought it because I liked it; I was born in the year of the snake; and it was one of the few jerseys I found with colors that complemented my piss-green Boreas helmet.

It's well made, with good, deep rear pockets so my pump won't fall out. Maybe cut a little loose, but its comfy nonetheless.
Jerseys for the Sheeple!Breakfast
Jul 24, 2002 7:19 PM
You've heard of Leaders Jerseys?

Primal Wear makes Followers Jerseys.