Morvélo Bicycle Apparel embody a joie de vivre to bicycles and bicycle culture – based on the South Coast of England they have a simple, yet effective self determination and originality to the way they go about their business, rarely to be found in print advertising (other than incidental product placement); being terrific luvvies of the internet, making use of video and social media to promote themselves, squeezing out every single last drop of fun.
Things have come on a long way for Morvélo since they sold their first few printed t-shirts at a local bike race in the summer of 2009 – there’s always been a bold design ethos, drawing influences from all forms of cycling and popular culture, and the current Autumn/Winter collection pops with colour. The technical nature of the fabrics have greatly improved with time too, and this brings me neatly to the Stormshield bib-tights.
Morvélo have kindly sent me their Stealth version of the Stormshield bib-tights for test and review, ‘Stealth’ being all black, of course. Other designs in the Stormshield range include thigh and backside panels; Blaze – bright yellow with black ‘MV’ logo; Prisma – charcoal grey with white flashes; Vestiario – again charcoal grey but flecked with small crosses; and finally the Winter Attack – a random pattern of grey geometric shapes reminiscent of 2nd World War Dazzle Ships and the cover of the OMD album of the same name.
The Stormshield bib tights are pitched for winter riding where the weather turns ugly, but you still want to get out and ride – thermal with wet weather protection the tights are constructed with the Italian M.I.T.I Super Roubaix fleeced backed fabric panels, designed to keep heat in but allow sweat to evaporated though the micro-fibre weave. It’s a 3 ply technical fabric that provides additional windproofing and water resistance.
The Stealth Stormshield bib tights use panelled construction with flat lock stitching for fit and comfort. The tights have StormShield water repellence, 3 ply membrane waterproof panels, wind block panels on the front of the legs, brushed fleece-back straps for maximum insulation, high waist and front zip with puller, an Italian Dolomiti dual layer chamois, and the addition of thermal soft foot loops to stop water and wind encroaching: All of that sounds like the perfect winter bib tights for comfort and weather proofing to see you through the cold, dark months.
I’m looking forward to giving these tights a thorough test.
Morvélo Stealth StormShield Bib Tights – £115