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It's a cold day, yet the skies are clear and you're sheltered from the elements by the rock itself. As you make the top-out you're greeted by cold gusts of wind, you zip up your jacket and set about making an anchor.
Forget the on again, off again, on again, off again; it’s time to think about what you’re doing, not what you’re wearing.
Morphosis means change, evolution, and adaptation. That’s why it’s the perfect name for a jacket designed to be comfortable no matter your activity, temperature, and effort level.
When a windshell is too sweaty and a fleece won’t cut out the wind on its own, that’s where the Morphosis comes into its own. The outer fabric is more breathable than a completely windproof shell, allowing 6 CFM of airflow, which is just about noticeable in the strongest of winds yet sacrifices little protection. Zoned gridded fleece leaves the under-arms and side panels uninsulated, letting you dump heat when working hard without losing wind protection.
Finally, with lightweight construction, Morphosis accords you the freedom of movement necessary for natural climbing, running, riding, and wild arm-swinging.
The Morphosis can be worn over a base layer in warmer temperatures and for high output activities like trail running, or layered over a fleece for colder conditions and slower work rates.
*For the eagle eyed amongst us, there was a pricing typo in the latest addition of our Espresso Newsletter. Apologies for any confusion.
- Insulation where you need it
- Breathable, wind resistant, water shedding outer
- Quick drying, comfortable next to skin
- Semi-elastic hood opening, stiffened hood peak and single hood adjuster.
- Full-length YKK Vislon zip, internal baffle, and chin guard
- Zipped chest and hand pockets
- Semi-lycra bound cuffs for no faff
- Fully adjustable hem drawcord
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
S: 310 g; M: 325 g; L: 335 g; XL: 355 g; XXL: 360 g
Outer: 100% nylon (20d, 40gsm)
6CFM air permeability and mechanical stretch
Lining: 100% polyester (140gsm) micro-gridded fleece
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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as I've already got a gridded fleece and a softshell I thought I'd gone a bit mad buying this but i absolutely love it. it's lighter than my old softshell on its own , nevermind with a griffon under it. The colour is just fab. A medium is a little tight across my shoulders (I'm 175cm and 80kg) and I found the gridded fleece made the sleeves a little resistant getting it on. I've ordered a large but if that's too baggy I'll just have to lose weight cos this thing is perfect. Thumb loops might be nice but I love the sleeve length for a bit of hand cover if needed.
Multipurpose packable excellence
I can see me wearing this a lot- light, comfy, a very handy buffer against the elements that you forget you're wearing. Does exactly what it was designed for, I reckon.
Been using this for the past year. From spring to Autumn it does everything, climbing, running and general outdoor stuff. Really tidy bit of kit.
Nearly perfect 4.75?
I'm 6"4 slim with normal ape index, found the XL a bit baggy and sleeves slightly too long. Maybe I need a L.
The cuffs sit nicely on back of hand but get in the way for climbing, feel like they would suit thumb loops?
The fabric is excellent.
The outer is just right for breathability and wind protection and the DWR is excellent.
The inner grid fleece is super breathable.
In light rain it breathes quick enough to keep inner layers dry, almost paramo-esque.
Hood is good but could do with front draw cords, mainly to help it cinch around the neck when hood is down.
Hand warmer pockets are a bit redundant as they're not lined but handy for storing things. Chest pocket on the other hand is ideal for phone/camera or map.
It pairs very well with a grid fleece hoody and this has become my winter softshell system. The plus of the baggy fit is I can get a synthetic gilet underneath as well.
Maybe Alpkit would consider making an unlined, trimmer cut version with no hand pockets? Could even sell it with a Griffon hoody? . . . .
Roll on winter....!
Been looking for something like this for ages, and I'm really pleased with it, so much so that I can't wait for the cold weather to return so I can wear it again! Perfect for running on cold mornings - wore it in Finland recently with a couple of extra base layers and once you were running it was great, even down to -20C!! Also wore it for mountain biking and cross-country skiing, and it was brilliant - never too sweaty, just comfortable.
Wore this over the Griffon and Keplar base layer whilst on winter approaches, started raining lightly and it repelled all the rain, kept me warm and in the blue looked awesome. What more could you want?
Excellent climbing jacket. Warm and good for moving about
I wanted this as a foul weather running jacket and it does not disappoint! Paired with a mesh base layer (when will you start making them Alpkit?) I have a go-to combo for runs when it's below 3degs. I am a hot sweaty runner and this combo keeps me warm and dry. Happy days.Great jacket. Will probably not be able to resist the smock version at some point.
Bought this jacket a few weeks ago as a replacement soft shell for hill walking and mountaineering. Does exactly what it says on the tin. I can honestly say that this is one of the best bits of kit that I have purchased. Well done Alpkit, I'm a convert.
Plumped for this jacket on pre-order on the basis of the info and the quality of my other alpkit jackets (an old filo still going strong and a definition).
Firstly it does what it says on the tin. It's very versatile and although simple is really well put together. It is my go to jacket for walks to the pub, dog walks or more recently mixed climbing in Scotland.
The thermogrid is surprisingly warm considering how thin it is and the lack of it down the sides really does let the heat out when you start working hard . This does mean the sides can be a bit chilly when you start out but once you get going its fine.
I'm 6'2" average build and the large is a good fit for me. The sleeves come down just over my hands which helps keep them warm and no riding up when my arms are high. The collar / hood is high enough when the hood is down to keep your neck warm and the fleece inside the hood is a nice touch. The aduster on the hood works well and isn't intrusive if you wear a helmet over the top and smaller slimmer helmets can fit under the hood (my black diamond one didn't quite fit but it wasn't a disaster on the day I put my helmet on first as most of the helmet was covered). I like the elasticated cuffs which worked really well with winter climbing gloves just slipping over the glove cuff easily and never coming off.
Material wise the blurb is pretty spot on. It is essentially windproof until it gets really windy but it is easily breathable even when wet. Against snow it is perfectly fine, but it will wet out when things start to get wet as it isn't a dedicated waterproof. However the thermogrid lining did a good job of preventing the wet outer leaching into my inner layers as it seemed to actively move sweat out of the garment. The outer layer seems quite thin and light weight (good for the gram counters) but it potentially isn't the most hard wearing of materials. I probably wouldn't use this trad climbing to prevent it being ripped or worn through especially as I've got a much more hard wearing and cheaper mountain hardwear softshell which I'd prefer to sacrifice to the climbing gods.
Lightweight but very versatile
Initially this felt a little thin, however having worn in in wind, snow and rain over the past few days affords great protection. As it is not bulky it packs down small, I have also worn it post workout as it allows me to cool down and dry off whilst keeping the wind off. Very impressed.
Eat it, winter
Winter can officially do one.
It's not the warmest jacket around, so don't go buying this thinking you can wear this and a t-shirt out on the tundra, but it's very good at what it does; keeps the wind off and provides enough insulation to keep you warm during your outdoor activities and those breaks in between.
I've been using this with a few layers depending on conditions and activity levels and have been very comfortable.
My new favourite jacket
Great jacket, let down slightly by the fit
A great lightweight windproof proof jacket with some warmth where needed. The zoned gridded fleece works well for me, and it's super lightweight and packs pretty small into my bag.
I did find the fit a bit tricky, I'm a small 36" chest but I can't fit my shoulders in the small size (too much climbing?), even the medium is a little tight across the back and shoulders despite there being plenty of room in the torso. A slightly broader shoulder fit would make this my perfect jacket.
Surprisingly warm for the weight
Really nice softshell for working hard in, keeps you warm without overheating and shrugs off the occasional shower without problem.
My only complaint is that the insulation has quite a high friction over other fabrics making it sometimes hard work to put on, particularly the sleeves.
Not bad, great fit and comfort
Good jacket, very light and comfy. Provides decent insulation, even when wind blowing. Only downside for me was lack of breathability, as it gets slightly clammy when working moderate/hard.
I have had one of these for 6 months and wore it occasionally. During that time the material has been worn away at the back around where the bottom of my 20lt rucksack sits; just above the left side of my back. So disappointing as otherwise it's a nice jacket.