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Morvélo Pois Nth Series Jersey – review

A brand with a penchant for the more adventurous end of the design spectrum, Morvélo definitely couldn’t be accused of playing it safe with their kit. With its spotty design, the Pois jersey (with matching shorts, cap and socks) is one of the more eye-catching sets we’ve been sent in recently and, even if you’re an absolute traditionalist when it comes to bike kit, it’s always good to see companies like Morvélo doing something a little different.

The Pois jersey is a 100 per cent polyester construction using a Dual Dri-Clim fabric composition. That meant about as much to me as it probably does to you until I investigated. What that basically means is that it’s a very fast drying fabric that uses three types of yarn woven together to keep the skin dry while shifting moisture through the jersey to be evaporated. The claim is that Dri-Clim is 67 per cent faster wicking and 23 per cent more breathable than its rivals (which, as ever, very much depends on who they’ve identified as rivals) and although I can’t be anywhere as definitive as that, it definitely does a good job at keeping you dry while you ride. It also has factor 50 sun protection.

The overall fit is good, and definitely more at the race end of the fit spectrum than the relaxed. I definitely prefer that fit in a jersey because excess material flapping about is irritating, and the closer the fit, theoretically, the more effective the wicking properties of the jersey should be. But a close fit also means higher potential for discomfort as there’s little room for error, and that’s where touches like the seamless underarm section of the Pois jersey come into play. It doesn’t take much of seam to make a jersey or set of shorts uncomfortable, and Morvélo have dodged that completely. Not only that, but it’s a mesh fabric they’ve used too, which is a nice little touch and definitely makes a difference when you’re trying to keep cool.

One other thing to know in fit terms is that it comes down quite low at the back. Obviously, on the one hand, this is good because there’s no possibility of the jersey riding up too far when you’re down on the drops and going for it, but it also means there’s a risk of flapping with the back pockets if you over-fill them. Morvélo have tried to counteract this by adding what they call a ‘reinforced pocket stabliser’ to the middle pocket, effectively a strip of slightly elasticated but firm material to the top of the pocket which, in theory, should help it resist sag and lateral movement. In practice, as long as you don’t overfill the pockets (which goes for almost every bike jersey anyway) it works pretty well and stops there being too much extraneous movement. On top of that, there’s a fourth, smaller zipped side entry pocket; the sort that’s becoming very popular with modern jerseys and great for holding keys or money.

The sleeve ends are laser cut and use Printed Gripper Elastic (PGE), which does a good job keeping them in place, and I had no issues at all riding. The gripper band is nice and wide for jersey sleeves, too, which I definitely find more comfortable than the classic thin band, and the wider gripper is far more efficient at keeping the jersey in place. The hem gripper is a traditional silicone band which is a tried and tested method that keeps the jersey in place without too much trouble.

The bonus to the jersey being slightly longer is that it makes the pockets easier to access. Jerseys with the pockets that sit higher up around the kidney area may keep things nice and secure, but getting items out – especially while riding – can be a real act of contortion. The pockets on the Pois are very easy to access, and the slanted cut of the two side pockets helps with this, and all of which have more than enough in capacity terms to fit even my ridiculously sized smartphone without any trouble.

Conclusion

Morvélo’s kit looks great (though inevitably with kit like this, that’s open to interpretation), but without the fit and technical quality to match, it wouldn’t be worth a fraction of what they’re asking. Fortunately, these guys know what they’re doing, and this jersey definitely has substance to back up its looks. If you’re looking for something a little off beat but still has the performance features to make it race worthy, Morvélo are definitely worth a look. The only reservation I have is price. I’m not saying that this jersey isn’t worth £90, just that it’s an unbelievably competitive price point and while you should definitely consider this jersey, it’s not quite a no-brainer.

Pros

– Great, unconventional looks
– Well constructed with a good fit
– Smart touches like wide sleeve gripper

 

Cons

– Price puts it in a highly competitive range

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