Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph 2011

A well-proven jacket that has frequently been highly rated in Trail tests. The Mountain Equipment Morpheus for men and Seraph for women boast a great set of features that Mountain Equipment is well-known for providing. So you get three large chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack hipbelt.
The pockets are not mesh-lined, so they don’t allow extra venting, but they will keep the wearer drier of course when their exposed zips leak. The main front zip has an external stormflap, so that should in theory be more watertight than more exposed versions.
As with many Mountain Equipment jackets you get a hood that moves well with the head and has a wired peak to ensure good visibility in the worst of weather. You can roll this hood to the collar too if you need to in fine weather.
The only major niggle with the Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph is that it is relatively short, so it provides a little less protection than longer options. Also, you don’t get pit zips or any other side venting, so you have to vent this jacket with the front zip.

Price £240
Weight 486g (size L)
Fabric Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Lining none
Sizes men’s S-XXL (Morpheus); women’s 8-16 (Seraph)
External pockets 3
Wired hood yes
Side vents no

Features 5
Design 5
Comfort 5
Performance 4
Value 4
Overall 5

The Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph is a classic general hillwalking jacket, with a great hood and three large chest pockets, but the shorter body length may not be ideal for everyone.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011