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Like their jerseys, Morvelo produce seasonal editions of their bib shorts in different designs, all printed on to the same style of bibshorts, which are designed in thr UK and made in Europe. There are designs aplenty; most match Morvelo's stylish jersey range, but there are a couple of black designs available which will go with almost anything. Although the 'Skye' design on test is no longer available, the bib shorts themselves feel and function beautifully regardless of the colour.
I owned a previous iteration of these bibshorts, which I loved to death. Morvelo know a winning formula, and I was pleased to see little has changed in the new design, though the sewn-on sizing washing label has been replaced by a heat sealed sticker to prevent irritation.
One of the most distinctive features of Morvelos' bibshorts for women is the unusual bib design. Morvelo have shunned conventional suspender-style strap and opted for a single strap forming a Y shape at the front. This results in a very supportive fit; the shorts sit high, coming up to the true waist on the sides and scooping up into the single strap in the middle. The stomach area is covered and supported instead of being squeezed between a low cut front and two straps on the side.
As for toilet stops, it's simply a case of slinging one strap over the head and pulling down to the sides. Not much more annoying than messing about with dual straps. How does this sit across the chest though? For me, it's a really comfortable alternative. Rather than having two straps stretched over the widest part of the chest, the single strap sits suspended in the middle, with a bit of give, depending on your design of sports bra. In my day-to-day cycling, the only real disadvantage to the design is aesthetic. When zipping a jersey right down, the bib strap does look a little odd, especially when the bibs are worn over a baselayer. Having black mesh instead of white would definitely help to mitigate this somewhat.
The bright orange perforated pad is extremely comfortable. The padding doesn't vary massively in density, or have gimmicky coloured channels and labelling. It simply provides support where it's needed, in multiple positions, thanks to the cushioning memory foam. The pad placing is quite centrally balanced; there's no spare overflow of padding beyond the contact points on my saddle, and the thinner outer edge comes up quite high on the front, providing coverage and, for me, comfort on the drops. A silky soft fabric on the covering feels lovely on the skin too.
A similar silkiness can be found in the fabric of the shorts themselves. The lycra is a medium thickness and provided me with pleasant but not over restrictive compression; this is with a surprisingly snug fit in a Large (I am a perfect Medium in Morvelo jerseys and a 12 in standard size DHB shorts). The multi-panel design goes a long way to helping with overall support too, and it's good to see no loose fabric around the pad at the front or back. In my experience, the Morvelo bib construction has stood the test of time in terms of not becoming baggy and overstretched from washing and heavy use.
They're pretty good at performing year-rounder too. Morvelo being a British company, it's apt that the bib shorts are great performers in our mild climate. They aren't the thinnest or lightest bibs out there, and despite still being comfortable in warmer weather, they wouldn't be my number one choice for very hot and balmy days. They're perfect for spring and autumn though, stretching right into much cooler temperatures when paired with the right legwarmers.
For night riding, reflective tags are subtly sewn in into the back seam of each leg; these are fabric so will last much longer than printed equivalents, and do light up really well from both the sides and rear.
Wide bands on the bottom of the shorts keep the legs firmly in place with a combination of the silicone printed fabric and the strong grip of the elastic. The leg length is on the long side of average, providing plenty of coverage and comfort if this is your preferred style.
All in all, supportive and well performing bib shorts for all-round use; comfortable and stylish
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Make and model: Morvelo Womens Skye Race Shorts
Size tested: Large
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?
"Our award winning shorts will let you cover hundreds of miles in supreme comfort leaving you to focus on either the beauty of the landscape or the suffering of your fellow escapees as you attack the final climb. They are also the piece of clothing that comes under the most abuse so it's vital that they not only look good but work faultlessly."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- Italian M.I.T.I. Lycra
- Italian Dolomiti dual layer perforated chamois
- Lightweight mesh straps for maximum ventilation
- Printed Gripper Elastic (PGE) leg bands
- Flat lock stitching
- Heat seal label
- Panelled construction for superior fit
- Rubberised Morvelo seam tab
- Sun Protection Factor 50
- Handmade in Europe from Italian fabrics
Clearly a well thought out design which has been followed through with very good production.
Not the thinnest or lightest bibs, with the shorts and bibs taking up much - the mesh bibs are very light.
Very comfortable strap design. Pleasant compression is helped by having flatlocked seams. Brilliant pad.
Great value considering the quality and style factor, plus an excellent pad. These are a bit different, and should be a good investment for year-round riding.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I was comfortable in every situation I wore them in.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Novel bib design, wide silicone printed fabric grippers on the legs, and range of style choices.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The mesh bib strap looks a bit odd anyway, and being white doesn't help at all.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes - definitely.
Age: 23 Height: 5ft7 Weight:
I usually ride: Sabbath September My best bike is: Van Nicholas Mistral for summer
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, audax