A well-proven jacket, the Mountain Equipment Morpheus (the women’s version is the Seraph) boasts all the essentials for a hill-walker wanting to travel reasonably light. It is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so you get excellent condensation control. Better still you get a stormflap over that front zip to keep rain out in a downpour. Also the pockets are not mesh-lined and the body is longer than some too. This all means it is easier to stay dry in this jacket than in some other lightweights. The three pockets on the chest all easily swallow a map and can all be accessed while wearing a rucksack belt so they can be used to warm the hands too. There’s also excellent freedom of movement in the sleeves, which is ideal again for scrambling. 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 other jackets are lighter (note that this is a medium size that is 400g, so a large would be a littler heavier). Some jackets have reflective piping too. However if you can tolerate the Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph being towards the top of the weight scale for a lightweight jacket then it is superb.
Outer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s Morpheus);
10-16 (women’s Seraph)
Weight 400g (size M) Made in Hungary
Stores in the UK 105
Verdict: The Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph is an outstanding jacket for hill-walking and backpacking, but you can get lighter options, which you may deem to be better. It won the ‘Best inTest’ accolade in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009