Brighton-based Morvelo are always coming out with cool new clothing every year and their most stylish - in my opinion - in a while is the Rip 'R range.
The jersey is well constructed from a Twin Dri-Clim fabric that effortlessly deals with sweat on hotter days, managing to dry out very quickly, avoiding that clammy feeling you can get with some jerseys. The fabric also has a high UV protective treatment so there's little chance of the sun's harmful rays burning you through the lightweight fabric.
It's a close cut jersey, not skin tight like some racy jerseys, and it's just generous enough to be flattering. It's a comfortable fit is perhaps the best way to describe it. If you're of the skinny build, you might want to drop down a size.
The sleeves use a wide elastic band that is so fashionable in the cycle clothing industry right now. That's a good thing, because this approach produces a much more comfortable fit than traditional stitched sleeves with nasty silicone dots or tape. There's not a huge amount of stretch in the elastic band so they're snug, but they don't shift about.
The majority of the back panel, and the back of the sleeves, is made from a mesh fabric that helps dissipate heat and works well to prevent overheating. The full-length zipper terminates with a small zip garage on the collar that prevents any irritation when it's fully done up.
While we're focusing on the back, there are three mandatory pockets and they're a good size, with enough depth to safely stow a mini-pump, wind jacket, food and assorted other gubbins you need to carry with you on a ride. That's not all. There's an extra pocket on the right side panel that I found an ideal place to keep important stuff to hand, like a couple of gels, as you can get to them very easily. There's also a small zipped pocket that is ideal for your car keys.
So functionally the Morvelo Rip 'R jersey works a treat, with some really nice design features that ensure it's lovely to ride in. It's also a great looking jersey, quite unlike anything else on the market that I can think of. That will undoubtedly appeal to a lot of people who want something a little different from the usual conservative jersey designs.
Stylish and high performance jersey that copes well in the heat with some really nice design touches
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Make and model: Morvelo Rip 'R Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Handmade in Europe, tailored with an aerodynamic focus and styled, to our eyes anyway, with a nicely positioned cyclo-cross / road mash-up design, the Morvelo Rip'R Jersey heads straight out of the gates with a high UV protective fabric, a great selection of handy pockets and top notch attention to detail, making it an ideal choice for the rider in looking for a feature rich cycling jersey.
Road or trail - you can never have enough pockets, and as luck would have it, the Rip'R is furnished with 3 deep angled easy access rear pockets and a hidden zippered 4th for valuables, complemented by dual side panel pockets for more regularly accessed items like gels and energy bars. A rear reflective tab provides a welcome touch of night time visibility to help with late returns home, whilst inside, flat lock stitching, a 'label free' interior and silicon grip hem and arm sleeves tick off wish list features for many riders. Morvelo are clearly aware of just how debilitating hot rides can be, and to this end, the Rip'R uses a lighter open weave fabric on the rear and at the under arms to assist with hot day efforts.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Twin Dri-Clim fabric
Trim, close cut shape
Rear and under arm fabric assists with hot weather cooling
Sleeve hem gripper elastic
Easy pull YKK locking zipper with zip garage
3 deep and angled for easy access rear pockets
Hidden 4th zippered pocket, perfect for valuables
Additional side panel pockets
Two piece collar
Super strong rear pockets provide extra strength for heavier items
Fit enhancing silicon rear hem
A panelled construction lends a better overall fit to the garment
Low light visible with reflective detailing
UV Protective - 50
Made in Europe
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Coped really well in the heat.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Looks brilliant and unlike any other cycling jersey on the market. Really liked the pocket arrangement, the extra fourth pocket is a nice detail and the zipped valuables pocket is very much appreciated.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: 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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.