Morvelo cycling caps review

Morvelo makes its caps in a range of interesting designs to match its other kit.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

A quality cap available in interesting patterns and with a technical edge

Reasons to buy
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    More technical design than a traditional cotton cap

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    Interesting patterns

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    Bacteriostatic rim strip

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    Dries quickly

Reasons to avoid
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    Not quite as warm as a winter cap

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Based in Brighton, Morvelo comes out with a never ending array of interesting cycle kit designs, including subtle new takes on classics and some radical collaborations with local graffiti artists. Many of its designs will be available in what Morvelo calls “completes”, which include matching shorts, jerseys and accessories. And no kit would be complete without a matching cap.

Italian made, Morvelo’s caps are a bit of an update on the traditional cycling cap. For starters, they’re made of a polyester-cotton mix, so they wick well and dry out a bit quicker than a traditional cap if you get rained on. They don’t feel as soggy and cold in the interim either. They also have a fleeced band around the bottom to keep them in place a bit more comfortably and this is antibacterial to avoid irritation and pong.

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There's a range of designs available, which match Morvelo's jerseys and other kit

The seams are arranged so that there is a single central strip and darts in the side pieces, which minimises the number of seams where they might get uncomfortable, particularly when worn under a helmet. There’s still the traditional semi-rigid peak, which can be flipped up or down dependent on your taste. In most designs it comes with some variant of the Morvelo logo on the underside.

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There’s plenty of elastic at the back of the cap for some stretch and I found that it fitted comfortable on my extra-large head, with Morvelo quoting a range of fit from 52 to 62cm. It doesn’t give as much warmth as a full winter cap, but is great for milder winter days or more vigorous efforts. Morvelo’s caps wash up well too.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.