The new Overland kit collection from UK clothing company Morvélo is less about crafting gravel & adventure bike specific kit, and more about just quality cycling kit that didn’t pigeon-hole you as either roadie or mountain biker. Sure the impetus was how to dress comfortably and functionally for gravel riding and bikepacking, but the end goal became a cycling kit that really was something you could wear off the bike as well.

Morvélo Overland all terrain, all bike cycling kit

Morvélo Overland did actually start out as riding kit for bikepacking and all around mixed-surface gravel road riding. The goal was to find some happy medium that was neither skin-tight road lycra (to limit MAMIL sightings) nor gravity-fed mountain bike baggies. Instead of looking “kitted up” for every ride, Overland is more of an adaptable range with active functional performance and more of a ‘hanging around camp’ look.

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing

So with that in mind Morvelo took their decade of making riding kit and came up with something in between – fitted shorts over light weight padded shorts or bibs, fitted tees, and a bit of lumberjack flair. All of it suitable for getting loose on or off tarmac, flat or drop bars. Morvelo says much of the Overland line doesn’t even need to be confined to bike rides, this is kit for “any activity that requires clothing with stretch and breathability.”

Overland on & off-road riding tops

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing
Overland Short Sleeve Shirt

Morvelo calls the £75 Overland Short Sleeve Shirt a proper riding jersey disguised as a bottom up shirt. The cut is on the bike specific, it gets sneaky side pockets to add to the chest flap pocket, plus a 4-way stretch fabric that dries fast, and even reflective detailing front & back.

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing

The 92% polyester/8% lycra Overland Shirt comes in plaids or prints, with snakes or foliage.

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing
Overland Tech Tee

The £30 Overland Tech Tee is pretty  much just the perfect t-shirt for riding in. It’s made of 100% polyester for breathability, sweat wicking & fast dry times, but it is said to have a soft cotton-like feel on the skin (not the plasticky touch of normal polyester.) Again a cycling cut with longer sleeves, longer back & wider shoulders means comfort while riding, plus reflective detailing for visibility.

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing
Overland Dual Baselayer-Jersey

The £60 Overland Dual Baselayer-Jersey is the most like a typical cycling jersey in cut & features, but it doesn’t stop there. Designed to be worn under another top or on its own, the baselayer fits like a riding jersey but offers two pockets up front & three more in the back to haul everything you need for the next backcountry adventure ride. It is made from a 100% polyester mesh fabric but isn’t really transparent, just more like some open vented summer bike jerseys. It wicks super fast, drying fast too, is packable, light, and comes with a Sasquatch on the back!

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing
Overland Mountain Jersey

The £90 Overland Mountain Jersey is essentially a hi-tech hoodie. While it might look like a heavy sweatshirt, it is actually a lightweight 100% polyester fleece that offers breathable, quick wicking insulation. Again it has an on-the-bike cut, plus a rear zip pocket, zip chest pocket, longer sleeves with thumb loops, reflective detailing front & back, and a two-way main zip to help regulate your temp while riding. The jerseys are all gray, with a variable amount of logos or patches as you desire.

Overland on & off-road riding shorts

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing
Overland Selector Shorts

Morvelo’s £90 Overland Selector Shorts are than balanced ‘not too tight’, ‘not too baggy’ pair of overshorts. Made from a super stretchy 79% nylon/21% lycra fabric they fit close to the leg, over a pair of padded shorts if that’s your thing, but still offer full freedom of movement.

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing

Wear them on the bike or around town, they are breathable, fast wicking, quick drying & lightweight. (Do you see a trend here?)

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing

A silicone waist gripper & hidden adjusters keep them securely in place over padded shorts or on their own. Three zip pockets hold all your junk, and reflective details keep you visible.

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing
Overland Undershorts

Underneath the Selectors, you can pull on a pair of £45 Overland Undershorts. They get a thinner dual-density perforated version of Morvelo’s top road chamois to fit under the Selectors, any other shorts, or even a pair of jeans. The Undershorts are 100% lycra with a wide elastic waistband with printed on rubber grippers.

Morvelo Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing
Overland Bib Shorts

If you want to stick with fancy Italian lycra, the £110 Overland Bib Shorts get a top-notch, dual-layer perforated chamois that Morvelo uses in their regular ‘award winning’ cycling bib shorts. The Overland version adds three rear pockets so you can carry everything without a conventional cycling jersey. Legs get soft silicone band grippers, the bib straps are constructed of light mesh, everything gets flatlock stitching, plus SPF 50 protection from the sun’s rays.

Morvélo Overland all-road gravel cycling kit on-road & off-road casual performance cycling clothing

Pretty much all of the Overland tops gets relaxed unisex-friendly fits with the exception of the baselayer that is more snug, with men’s & women’s specific close jersey fits. The shorts all get men’s & women’s specific cuts and chamois pads.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. That hang around camp look will be extra comfortable in the ER when your boozed up homie bangs their brain off the earth wearing their protective beanie. You could save yourself plenty of money and get more hipster points if you just go buy some garbage from Goodwill.

  2. I’ve never understood why in every other bike ad, everyone wears a helmets, but for the back packing crowd, where handling and braking is compromised because of that pesky p=mv equation and are more likely covering crazy distances (because why else would you need a tent and a sleeping bag), riding with helmets is lame. I get backpacking is the polar opposite of the “racer boy” life, but as a racer, I don’t think I own the helmet look. Go ahead, you can copy me and I won’t call it coping.

    • Because you are unlikely to be hit by a vehicle, going fast, or riding technical terrain.
      I think helmets are great. I don’t think the risk are there for every type of riding. We don’t drive in 5 point harnesses and racing helmets with auto-fire suppression systems in cars do we?

      • Bingo. If I’m riding on public roads then I’m definitely wearing a helmet. Ditto if I’m going downhill or riding technical terrain. However if I’m on an untraveled forest service road climbing at 10 mph why do I need a helmet? 10 mph is a 6 minute per mile pace. If I need to wear a helmet at that speed then shouldn’t runners also be wearing helmets? Of course not. Crashing a bike a low speeds is no more likely to result in a head injury than tripping while running. Arguably less likely since your head is actually closer to the ground on a bike.

        • That’s a poor rationalization for not wearing a helmet. That being said, feel free to not wear a helmet. Typically I’m indifferent to what other people like to do, unless they start trying to sell their bad ideas to others.

          • Interesting comment as it begs the question: When can you rationalize not wearing a helmet?

            Nobody is pushing anything, but when people ask why not, I think its acceptable to state why the risks are low. I’ve never fallen on casual rides regardless of surface. Ironically, I have fallen and somersaulted/rolled when trail running…multiple times. Heck, I’ve done it on running on pavement. Outside some very select trail running races where falling rocks are an issue, nobody ever comments about runner’s helmetless heads.

            • Simple answer ‘none of your business, and mind your own business’. For instance, when I see folks smoking do I try to preach to them about the inherent risks? Um, no.

              In two of the states I have lived in, in the last 10 years motorcycle helmets are ‘optional’. A choice I agree with 100%. The same should be held for cyclist. It is my option and not the option of a legislative body, nor some busy body to decide what is best for me (or my kids).

              I defer back to my ‘wear a Zorb’ mentality of the safety police….more over, mind your own business. 🙂

              • Interesting that most people with a view that they should be able to take personal responsibility for wearing or not wearing a helmet aren’t often willing to take personal responsibility for funding their medical care. Or paying a risk adjusted premium for insurance.

            • Yeah, until everyone knows someone (personally) who is brain dead from not wearing a helmet while “just riding along” people will continue to make stupid comments about how sometimes riding without helmets is “ok.” Just put on a brain bucket already. It’s like saying, well I’m only driving my car 20mph, I don’t need to wear a seatbelt… so stupid.

              • So does this mean you wear a helmet while running and walking? Why not? Why is 5 or 10 mph on a bike so much more dangerous that 5 of 10 mph on foot? Seems pretty stupid to not wear a helmet if you’re moving the same speed as a bike. How is it any different? Velocity if velocity. The laws of physics don’t car if you’re on a bike or on foot.

  3. Yeah it’s sick, but that’s a lot of money for stuff my dad’s old flannel an cut off khakis work just fine for

  4. The hipster styling gets a lot of flak, but this stuff looks well designed (except with the baselayer that includes pockets in front, down low that’s just stupid). I’m into bibs with pockets so I can were loose tops. Prices are ok, not outrageous.

  5. I have bought morvelo in the past. They are first rate and this is right up my alley for getting away from tights and baggies.

  6. Why did my first post get deleted? It wasn’t nasty or offensive. Only thing I can think of is not pissing off companies paying BR to review their products.

    • @joe, not sure what your first comment was, maybe check out our constructive comment policy. Anyway, Morvelo didn’t pay for coverage, but I am curious to try the Overland kit out. This is just a intro article on the line so far, but we will likely try to line up a future review because it looks like a nice mix of good performance tech & low key looks.

  7. Morvelo stuff is solid. Every pattern or design doesn’t hit me, but that’s fine. That mesh under T with the pockets is rad. I have a set of Specialized mesh bib shorts with pockets and I’d get more.

    • Try Gore’s Alp-X Pro 2-in-1 bib shorts. They have a built over semi loose short, similar fit to the ones shown in this article. They are quite nice.

  8. there choice of models really makes it hard to even go to their website. they are so polarizingly hipster that i would not want to be caught dead with their cloths on. I guess there is now only the raphia buyer and the Trustfarian hipster buyer in the bike market.

    • That must true that there are absolutely no other bike clothing manufacturers between those extremes that are doing any advertising at all. Yup. That must be it. Also. It’s also true that the light spectrum is limited to two colors: white and black. There are no numbers beyond one and zero. Everything is exactly binary just like your useless exaggeration tries to claim.

  9. Can anyone name some other decent brands of shorts that are not too baggy/not too tight for everyday riding around town? I had a pair from clubride that were a happy medium but cant find them anywhere now.

    • At least for me, Giro has a nice fit on their “baggies”. Trim fit, good stretch, nice fabric. The black does eventually fade over a couple years and wash cycles, but they hold up well outside of that.

      The only issue I have had is a lack of pockets. My clubride’s are nice in that respect.

  10. I’ve long been a critic of the flannel shirt, cotton shorts that the U.S. mtb crowd wears. Normally, I also get annoyed by the Morvelo habit of making their name the focus of the clothing rather than letting the clothing do the talking. This looks like reasonably well made stuff…. which, not surprisingly, costs more than clothes from Nashbar or Performance. The one thing I’m curious about is whether or not the sizing is more on target than with Morvelo. I purchased base layer, two sizes larger than I wear in almost another brand and can barely get it over my arms, let alone wear it. Good luck to these guys…. good to hear that they’re looking at the sustainability aspect as well.

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