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Whether you're built like a racing whippet or you're searching for a genuinely competent and good looking summer weight short sleeved jersey that'll carry you through sportives, races, and long, hard training rides, then look no further. The Morvelo Women's Display Nth Series Race Jersey offers superb performance, good looks and excellent features in an accessible package. And it's handmade in Europe!
Designed to coordinate with Morvelo's range of bib shorts, the Nth Series Display jersey is bold, beautiful and strictly not for wallflowers.
Made in part from Dri-Clim fabric from Spain, this full-zip jersey is designed to wick moisture and dry super-fast, making it excellent for hot weather riding. This über-technical fabric, made from three different yarns interwoven, is used on the back and under the arms, where it's needed most, and Morvelo claims it to be 67 per cent more effective at wicking and 23 per cent more breathable than its rivals. The front of the jersey uses a more traditional, close weave, yet still lightweight and breathable fabric, which is reputed to help improve aerodynamics.
Arm cuffs are laser cut, the front zip is full length and there's a strip of hem gripper at the rear hem. Three sizeable rear pouch pockets and a zipped security pocket that's just big enough to hold an iPhone 5 take care of luggage carrying.
The fit is one of the most forgiving I've ever come across, without being even slightly baggy or oversized (that's not me in the photos). It's just that the combination of the cut and the super-stretchy fabric mean that the jersey can accommodate all sorts of shapes and sizes, rather than catering only to an athletic ideal. Those hovering on the borderline of sizes might perhaps consider going down a size, and those with particularly slender upper arms might find the sleeves slightly generous. There's plenty of length in the sleeves and torso too, so taller ladies will approve.
Out on the bike, the fabric certainly seemed to wick well, and the result was a dry and comfortable ride even when working hard in really hot weather. Everything stayed put whatever my riding position and it was an exceptionally comfortable jersey.
Wearing it with the coordinating bib shorts, I felt like I had all the benefits of being a pro team rider, but with just a lot more style and self-expression.
Full marks to Morvelo for producing women's kit that makes a bold statement AND delivers on performance.
Fantastic performance, great looks and well cut for all shapes and sizes. Superb!
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Morvelo Display Women's Nth Series Race Jersey
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?
Made for riders looking for high performance.
"Nth is our performance division. A place where we source the finest manufacturing processes, the highest performing fabrics and an obsessive attention to fine detail to create pro level clothing. Designed for speed. Built for abuse."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
"We use two different types of unique fabric from Spain for our Nth Series jerseys. Dri-Clim® is an incredibly fast wicking micro-fibre polyester that we use on the back and underarm panels. This uses 3 different types of yarn interwoven to make sure the skin side remains permanently dry whilst the outer layer is an open weave to accelerate moisture evaporation. It wicks 67% faster and is 23% more breathable than it's rivals. As it's not a chemical treatment but instead to do with the unique weave and yarns, this will never wash out.
"A close weave on the front, arms, sides and shoulders improves aerodynamics whilst an open weave on the rear and underarms accelerates moisture evaporation. A side panel construction and set-in sleeves tailors the fit enabling the fast wicking properties of the polyester to work best. Details such as the lazer cut arms and silicone gripper in the hem to make it effortlessly comfortable. With an incredible array of features our Nth Series jerseys are hugely adaptable and durable."
Dual Dri-Clim® fabric composition
Lazer cut sleeve ends
YKK cam-lock zip with large branded puller
Full length zip guard and garage
3 angled deep rear pockets
Hidden 4th zipped pocket
Side panel pockets for gels
Two piece stand up collar
Seamless underarm panels
Double stitched pockets
Reinforced pocket stabiliser
Silicone gripperHeat seal label
Panelled construction for superior fit
Sun Protection Factor 50
Handmade in Europe from Spanish fabrics
Available in sizes XS-XL
Excellent fabric, components and build quality.
Handmade in Europe.
Superb performance for vigorous or hot weather riding.
Fabric resists gathering odours thanks to very open weave. Good longevity.
Great levels of comfort. Fabric is soft and wearable next to skin and wicks moisture superbly, keeping skin dry and a good temperature.
At the expensive end but not top dollar and yet it IS offering top end performance.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style, cut, fabric, coordinating bib shorts.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing at all.
Did you enjoy using the product? Definitely, particularly with the matching bib shorts.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, but I'd want to be the only one on any ride wearing the cool matching outfit.
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A superbly well-specced jersey, handmade from high performance fabric in Europe. It's hard to find anything to complain about.
About the tester
Age: 43 Height: 1.65m Weight: 73kg
I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.