Brighton-based clothing brand Morvélo is renowned for its striking colour schemes, and this EFX Nth Series jersey continues that theme. Bold graphics aren't there to mask an average product, though, as this top is impressively comfortable and offers superb performance no matter how hard you're riding.
- Pros: Soft fabric, breathable and a great fit
- Cons: Very little if you don't mind paying 100 quid for a jersey
The Nth Series jersey uses a combination of different fabrics in its construction, and by holding the jersey up to the light you can easily see the difference. The main front section uses a material that is pretty thin and has a very small-holed mesh style design which lets through plenty of cooling air but without you getting cold, so the jersey isn't restricted to just the really hot days.
This fabric is used around the neck, top of the shoulders and arms, anywhere part of your body will be facing into the wind.
The back panels of the jersey and those under the arms use a much wider mesh effect to vent body heat away from you. It's not as extreme and transparent as the fabric found on Castelli's Aero Race 5.1 FZ but still works very well at keeping you cool and dry.
Even though the fabric is thin, it comes with factor 50 sun protection, which is always good to know.
One thing all the materials in the jersey have in common is how soft they are, the whole jersey feels absolutely lovely against the skin; it's very comfortable indeed.
This is a performance-orientated jersey and the cut reflects that by way of a long dropped tail to make sure you have plenty of rear coverage when crouched down in the drops. The front sits much higher so you don't get any excess material flapping about or bunching.
The rear part of the hem is held in place by a silicone gripper, while the front has nothing and it all works perfectly.
You also get a high, soft neck which houses the zip in a garage to stop any irritation when it's pulled up all the way to the top.
The pockets (made of the same fabric as the front) are taut enough for carrying your ride essentials without fear of bits bouncing around or flying out when riding on a rough surface. Their depth helps too. You get three of them in a traditional style across the back, with the right hand one also having a zipped valuables pocket.
Also on the right hand side you get a slimmer 'gel' pocket which makes mid-ride snacks in the middle of the bunch easy to grab.
Some riders may baulk at paying £100 for a short-sleeved jersey but for that money you are getting a very well made, high-performance product. Quality is high: it's handmade in Europe and you get details like double stitching around the pockets for strength and those technical fabrics. The stitching throughout is neat and tidy with no stray threads, and the fit is spot on for the faster rider.
At this price it does have a lot of competition, like the aforementioned Castelli Aero Race 5.1 which is also £100. That's a bit more specialist compared to the Morvélo, aimed at really hot days, but the Nth Series feels very comfortable – something the Castelli was criticised on – and is more adaptable to a variety of conditions.
Milltag's offering, the Sector – which scored highly – is similar to the Morvélo and a touch cheaper at £90.
If funds are more limited, you might want to take a look at dhb's Aeron Speed jersey, designed for racing in warm weather and priced at £55.
Still, for a small company like Morvelo to be producing jerseys of this quality and taking on the big brands for value is impressive.
Stand-out comfort levels from a top-notch fabric selection, with impressive performance however hard you ride
road.cc test report
Make and model: Morvelo EFX Nth Series
Size tested: M
Tell us what the product is for
Morvelo says, "Inspired by racing, Nth Series Jerseys are lightweight, durable and suited to the intense nature of competition with an aerodynamic fit and robust construction."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Extremely fast drying
DriClim Hydrophobic yarn for breathability
Exclusive soft silicone grippers
Zip guard and garage for comfort
Three rear pockets
Zipped side pocket
Side panel pockets for gels
Two piece stand up collar
Seamless underarm panels
Double stitched pockets
Reinforced pocket stabiliser
Panelled construction for superior fit
Sun Protection Factor 50
Handmade in Europe
Sizing is exactly as it says on the Morvelo website.
It's not alone at this end of the price spectrum – and you can go quite a bit higher.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Following the instructions on its website (listed below – the EFX NTH jersey doesn't have a care label inside), it's cleaned up fine every time:
Machine wash at 30 degrees
Use mild detergent
Drip dry in shade
Do not iron
Do not tumble dry
Do not bleach
Do not dry clean
Avoid washing with velcro
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A really comfortable and breathable high-performance jersey.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfort of the fabric.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
This Morvelo jersey offers an excellent fit and performance. Attention to detail is high and the comfort of the materials against the skin is up there with the best I've worn. Yes it's expensive, but I'd pay £100 for it, and I think its exceptional performance justifies it – and the overall score.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.