Mountain Equipment Morpheus 2008

In the Mountain Equipment Morpheus (the women’s version is the Seraph) you get classic Mountain Equipment features like large chest pockets and a great hood with a stiff peak that moves really well with the head. It’s made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so you get excellent condensation control too. Better still you get a stormflap over that front zip to keep rain out in a storm. None of the pockets is mesh-lined, so again that helps keep the rain out. The body is longer than some others so it protects the bottom when wearing a climbing harness or when biking for example. There’s also excellent freedom of movement in the sleeves, which is again ideal for biking and climbing. The hood is one of the best around, with a particularly good peak, and better still it can be rolled down and secured at the collar when not required. But there are plenty of lighter options than the Mountain Equipment Morpheus, and also plenty of lower-priced jackets. There is no reflective piping on this jacket, so it is not ideal for biking or running at night. The cut is not short or close enough to be ideal for running or perhaps even biking.

Outer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s Morpheus); 10-16 (women’s Seraph)
Weight 470g (L)
Made in Hungary
Stores in the UK 66
Verdict
The Mountain Equipment Morpheus is an outstanding lightweight jacket for climbers, mountaineering, backpacking and walkers, but others have an edge when running or biking

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008