Cannondale Morphis jacket£85.00

Convertible shell

BikeRadar score2.5/5

The Morphis uses magnets to secure its removable sleeves – with both plus and minus points. The good part is that you can pull off the arms and back cape much more easily than you can with a zipped top, which is handy when your mates are waiting for you.

With a bit of help, they also pop back on pretty easily too. The downside is that you can’t open anything up partially for venting, since it just instantly shuts again. There’s also draughtiness due to gaps between the magnet, and the cape design leaves a cold patch between your shoulders once you’ve whipped the arms off.

The rest of the jacket performance is okay but not outstanding and it sweats out fast if you’re working hard with the sleeves on. Generous sizing gives a baggy look and feel – except for the collar, which is tight, so check the fit before you buy.

The casual styling isn’t marred by the subtle reflective detailing though, and the dual-garment versatility does increase its overall value to acceptable levels.

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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