Gravel and bikepacking are key buzzwords in the cycling world at the moment and UK clothing brand Morvelo has just launched its new Overland range that steps away from traditional tight road clothing and bagging mountain bike kit with “adaptable products that suit every day riding for road, trail, town - and all the bits in between”.
Morvelo says it wanted to introduce a simplicity back into dressing for a ride, so you can just grab your bike and go ride. We all know how much faffing is involved in preparing for a ride, whether it’s on the road bike or mountain bike, so anything that attempts to make it easier gets us interested here, especially for adventure, gravel and bikepacking rides where you want the relaxed fit and style from mountain bike clothing but with the performance of road clothing and a relaxed appearance.
“Morvélo Overland is a different type of cycle clothing, designed not to look out of place wherever you chose to wear it. We still understand that bike clothing works so much better than normal clothing for it's intended purpose, so Morvélo Overland puts our 10 years experience making technical riding kit to use to bridge that gap.”
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The range includes the Overland Shirt (£75) which looks like a regular shirt but is, in fact, a proper riding top with a cycling-specific cut, multiple pockets, reflective details and a stretchy quick-drying fabric.
If you prefer t-shirts, the Overland Tech Tee (£30) is made from a soft cotton polyester so it dries a claimed four times faster than a normal t-shirt and is also designed to fit you better when sat on the bike.
For colder weather, the Mountain Jersey (£90) is a hoodie made from a lightweight fleece fabric that provides insulation whilst still being breathable. It’s packed with features and pockets, has a dropped tail and pre-shaped arms and lots of reflective details.
The Selector Shorts (£90) are described as the “goldilocks” of shorts in that they cut the right balance when it comes to bagginess. The stretchy fabric is breathable, fast wicking and drying, and is cut with a tailored fit with hidden waist adjusters and three zipped pockets.
To provide comfort under the baggies is the choice of the Overland Bib Shorts (£110) and Overland Undershorts (45), depending on whether you prefer bib straps or not, and coming in men and women’s versions. Both shorts are made from a premium Italian Lycra and feature a dual-layer perforated chamois. The bib shorts cleverly have three mesh pockets sewn into the lower back panel for extra cargo capacity.
And lastly, there’s the Overland Dual Baselayer/Jersey (£60) which is two products in one as it can be used as base as part of your layering strategy, or worn on its own on warmer days. It’s got five pockets so plenty of carrying capacity.
You can see the entire Overland range here https://www.morvelo.com/collections/overland