CANNONDALE MORPHIS SHELL review£65.00

The Morphis is Cannondale's cunning convertible shell, but its casual fit means it looks OK off the bike too.The tall double collar and drawcord waist keep draughts out

BikeRadar score3/5

The Morphis is Cannondale's cunning convertible shell, but its casual fit means it looks OK off the bike too.

The tall double collar and drawcord waist keep draughts out and there's enough give in the elastic wrists to pull them up without any pinching.

The non-taped seams mean the jacket isn't completely waterproof but it will keep showers and stiff breezes off.

The unlined rubberised fabric feels very clammy though, even through a long sleeved base layer, and sweat builds up alarmingly quickly.

At this point you're meant to undo the top of chest zips and whip off the sleeves and back yoke (think Cup-a- Soup furry arms advert) to cool you down. Unfortunately, when added to the sweat accumulation, the big panel of mesh across the shoulders can cool you down much too fast (especially if it's drizzling), leading to a frozen stiff upper body.

The jacket is relatively heavy too. On the bright side, it's cheap for a convertible and there are zipped hand pockets and a chest pocket for keys, cash, iPod, etc.

 

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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