Morvelo Plan B jacket

At 78 grams, the Morvelo Plan B jacket is ultralight and packable. We’ve been wearing it and carrying it through the spring

Morvelo Plan B jacket
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Morvelo Plan B jacket is a good option to have with you for cold starts or changeable conditions. It’s very compact and lightweight but also a bit fragile.

For
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    Very compact and light

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    Plenty of reflective details

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    Can see race numbers through the fabric

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    Little windflap

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    Well priced for an ultralight technical jacket

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Against
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    Fragile

When the weather looks dodgy, it’s useful to have a packable jacket with you just in case. The Morvelo Plan B jacket fits the bill well: it’s very light at 78 grams and folds into its own zipped rear pocket when you don’t need it. The folded jacket is compact and being sausage-shaped id easy to carry: at around 15cm long by 8cm across, it will fit into a jersey pocket with room to spare.

Morvelo Plan B jacket

The Plan B jacket is a close fit and sheer
(Image credit: mike prior)

In use, shell jackets can get a bit sweaty, but I’ve not found this with the Plan B. The fabric is breathable and there are covered vents mid-back to help with air circulation. The upper back is two layered, with a baselayer-like inner fabric sewn in to help stop dampness.

The jacket folds into its own zipped rear pocket
(Image credit: mike prior)

The stretchy fabric, coupled to the close fit means that there’s minimal windflap when riding. It’s comfortably windproof too, so I’ve been using the Morvelo Plan B jacket as an extra layer over summer weight kit for cold starts, packing it away once it begins to warm up.

There’s adequate rain protection for a shower, although the fabric does wet out eventually. The Morvelo Plan B jacket's tail is cut longer to prevent wheelspray while the collar is high and close to stop trickle-down from the top. And Morvelo has sewn reflective tape into the jacket’s bottom hem, cuffs and the pocket’s edging for increased visibility.

Morvelo Plan B jacket

Reflective taping extends around the waistband and into the cuffs
(Image credit: mike prior)

For an ultralight technical jacket, the Morvelo Plan B jacket is not expensive. Its fabric is quite sheer, so you can see a race number through it. But it’s also fragile. Some of the seams look stretched and I’ve picked up a few small tears in the sleeves. These are probably from riding, but it’s worth being careful when packing the Plan B to avoid snagging in the zip.