Morphosis in Action

By Gabe Oliver

I've used the Morphosis jacket for a variety of adventures:

  • Multi pitch climbing (up to 14 pitches) in Squamish, British Columbia
  • Slipping and sliding around Snakes, Ladders and Tunnels in Llanberis, North Wales
  • Sport climbing in gale-force winds in Portland, UK
  • Walking into Coire an t’Sneachda in February then worn underneath a shell for climbing
  • General cragging out and around the Peak District

I’m a climber first and foremost and despite working with outdoor clothing I’ve never been able to find what I would describe as the “perfect climbing outerlayer”. What I mean by that is an outerlayer that is super breathable, windproof, comfortable, quiet, warm, and practical. It should let you move fast without overheating, give you the freedom of movement to climb technical rock, and do all that whilst keeping off all but the worst weather so you stay warm and comfortable. I mean I can pretty much hear angels singing and I’m expecting to see Indiana Jones fighting some bad guys on top of a train – it's virtually the Holy Grail!

This is the smiley face of a man who has found unfathomable clothing nirvana

Now, I accept I’m probably a bit biased, but genuinely I think that the Morphosis Jacket and Smock is the closest to this unfathomable clothing nirvana that I’ve ever encountered. I’ve always loved the windshell because it keeps just enough of the weather off to keep you warm and comfortable. The addition of a partial fleece liner in the Morphosis eliminates the need for another midlayer in all but the coldest weather. Sling this over a Kepler merino baselayer and you’ve got a comfortable, breathable layering system for all eventualities!

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