Halvarssons Prime jacket £399.99 and Prince trousers £299.99
Tested by: Liam Marsden
Time tested: One year/9000 miles
What’s good? These are the comfiest textile jacket and trousers I’ve ever worn, thanks to the soft outer material and soft Outlast lining. The vents on the thighs, forearms and upper back keep me cool in warmer weather, and they work well at getting air circulating. The jacket comes with a removable wind collar, which helps keep the chill out in really cold weather. There’s also a removable hi-vis vest, which I wear during the winter. There’s plenty of fit adjustment in the jacket, with poppers on the upper and lower arms as well as a belt around the waist so you can tailor the jacket to your size. It may sound like a small detail, but the zips are some of the best quality zips I can remember using. They feel exceptionally secure and sturdy.
What’s not? Halvarssons suggest wearing their base layers under the jacket and trousers if they are to work at their best, and it makes a big difference in cold weather. But I don’t understand why they can’t just make the jacket and trousers work in cold weather on their own, like other textile suits I’ve worn. Without the base layers I find any bare skin that sits against the inner layer sweats quite a lot. When riding in heavy rain for prolonged periods my backside always feels damp, although it never is. The Dryway Plus membrane had worked perfectly at keeping out the worst of the British weather until recently. Two hours of riding in non-stop, heavy rain saw a small amount come through the jacket around my upper stomach.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 3/5