Review - Vaude Primapro Winter Cycling Jacket

A few weeks ago I reviewed the Vaude Alphapro Winter Jacket, and then the Vaude Termatic RC II MTB boots; both products were great performers, and also some of the most interesting pieces of winter kit that I've tested to date. The Vaude Primapro Jacket follows a similar design theme to the Alphapro jacket, but in a slightly lighter, less feature-rich (and slightly cheaper as a result) package.

The jacket uses PrimaLoft Silver Insulation - a synthetic, but eco-friendly insulating material. With 60 grams of padding in total, it is a lightweight and highly breathable jacket; yet it delivers significant winter warmth. The outer of the jacket is a lightweight nylon, with stretch inserts for added movement and comfort on the sleeves, shoulders, and on the drop-tail rear hem. Because the jacket doesn't have softshell panelling like the Alphapro jacket, it has a slightly lighter weight and has greater packability.

Pocketing on the Primapro comes in the form of one large rear zippered pocket, which also doubles as a stuff sack for the jacket; then there are two front chest pockets, which also double-up as effective ventilation slots. This is less pocketing than on the Alphapro jacket, but it does mean that the Primapro is a lighter weight and smaller pack-size jacket.

The design and performance of the Primapro is very similar to that of the Alphapro (read the review of the Alphapro jacket here). It is super light and highly breathable, and the ventilation approach works beautifully in tandem with the insulation material, to deliver a cooling and drying effect.

Fit is also similar to the Vaude Alphapro: with an athletic, trim profile. I am wearing a size Small in these photos, and you can see my measurements on the 'Reviews' page.

Overall, this is another interesting and versatile winter jacket from the German brand. Vaude have used their knowledge of insulating materials, taken from their history in outdoor apparel; they have then applied that to a winter cycling jacket, to create an insulating, highly breathable, and very comfortable piece of winter riding kit. With its pack-ability and weather resistant finish, this is a superb piece of kit for variable temperatures, bicycle touring, and for general outdoor pursuits.

View the Vaude Primapro Winter Cycling Jacket at Vaude.com (Link)

In a mix of temperatures, the Vaude Primapro Winter Cycling Jacket has performed well

The full length zip on the Primapro jacket is great for ventilation

Great comfort, both on and off the bike

The Vaude Primapro Insulated Jacket is an impressive lightweight insulating layer


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