The Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph general-purpose jacket is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so you get excellent levels of condensation control and waterproofness. There is a double stormflap over the main front zip and the pockets are sealed so the wearer does not get wet even if water enters the pockets. 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 as well as stash gear. There’s excellent freedom of movement in the sleeves so this is great for scrambling too. The hood has a good wired peak as well as face and volume drawcords, which results in good fit and movement with the head. The hood can also be rolled down and secured at the collar when not required. This jacket therefore has plenty of great features for general walking. But other jackets are longer than the Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph though, and that is the main drawback of this jacket compared to some options when used for general walking. If you like even more pockets of course then others will appeal more too. There are lower-priced, similar options that could save you some cash.
Outer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s Morpheus); 8-16 (women’s Seraph)
Weight 474g (L)
Made in Hungary
Stores in the UK 145
The Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph is a great jacket that will be ideal for many, although the shorter length will be a drawback for some.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010