Not sure the weather’s up to short sleeves and shorts yet? The Ekoi Primavera range may be the answer.
Despite being based on the French Riviera, Ekoi clearly has an eye on the British climate. While most other brands are busy launching hot weather kit, Ekoi’s just-launched Primavera (that’s Italian for Spring) clothing hedges its bets.
While less heavy than typical Roubaix-style winter kit, the Primavera bibshorts, bib3/4s and short sleeved jersey still have a lightly fleeced inner face. They’re also surface treated to add water resistance – Ekoi says they’re 100% waterproof, but still very breathable.
The Primavera jersey is made from a 240gsm fabric, with a 15% elastane content for an elastic fit. Its seams are flatlocked and there’s a YKK self-locking zipper.
Made from the same fleece-backed fabric, the Primavera bibshorts come with silicone leg grippers and Ekoi’s Gel pad. The shorts and the ¾ length tight options are the same price as each other.
Ekoi prides itself in its customisation and range of size and colour options. The Primavera kit goes along with this, the jersey being available with contrast panels in four colours: fluo yellow, fluo green, light blue and red. Both top and bottoms are available in six sizes from S to XXXL.
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Price for the Primavera jersey is 99.99 Euro and for either the bibshorts or bib3/4 is 129.99 Euro. Ekoi’s Sterling prices vary with exchange rate and it offers free UK shipping over a minimum spend. At today’s rate that adds up to £86.96 for the jersey and £113.05 for the bibshorts. There’s currently a discounted offer on the top and bottom together of 175.98 Euro/£153. See Ekoi’s website for details.
With the variable quality of UK weather at any time of year, we reckon the Primavera kit might just be a good option through summer too. Ekoi suggests adding arm and/or leg warmers if it’s still too cold or wet to bare arms and legs.
We’ve a set of Primavera kit in for test at the moment. Look out for our reviews to see how we fared through this spring.