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Published on June 1st, 2012 | by Greg

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Cannondale Morphis: Rip Off Your Sleeves (And Re-Attach Them!)

It’s an un­for­tu­nate fact of life that tech­nol­o­gy has not yet brought us to the point of Trans­form­ers. Sure, we’ve got in­cred­i­ble wire­less touch­screen com­put­ers that fit in our pock­ets, and some camp­ing gear is pret­ty com­pact and portable, but most gad­gets and gear gen­er­al­ly have a form and stick with it.

It might not be pro­grammable mat­ter, but the Can­non­dale Mor­phis Jack­et is pret­ty nifty in­deed. Un­less you’re an ath­lete or re­al­ly fond of the out­doors, you might nev­er have ut­tered the words “I wish my sleeves were re­mov­able”. But now they can be, and it ac­tu­al­ly turns out to be use­ful.

The first ques­tions that need­ed pur­suit were ob­vi­ous- does the jack­et or vest look weird? Is it hard to con­vert be­tween the “modes”? And does the new fea­ture ef­fect the ba­sic func­tions? Luck­i­ly, the an­swer to the first two ques­tions is a def­i­nite no, and the last one a pret­ty re­sound­ing no as well. The jack­et looks like… well, a jack­et, avail­able in a few col­ors (ours was black), and of­fers a re­flec­tive strip near the well-made zip­per, and an­oth­er on the back. We liked the elas­tic around the wrists for warmth, and the three zip­pered pock­ets, plus the draw-string waist.

As a vest, it al­so looks like a nor­mal hik­ing vest, adding a bit of wind pro­tec­tion and a nice lay­er against rain or mois­ture. Made from polyurethane and ny­lon, they call it a 2.5 lay­er fab­ric, and though the mag­ic of a half-lay­er is a bit of a mys­tery, it felt good and held up well to sun and sud­den down­pours alike.

The re­al twist here is the pull-off sleeves, ac­com­plished through mag­nets. We were ini­tial­ly wor­ried that pulling it on might some­how de­tach the sleeves, but no wor­ries- it’s im­pres­sive­ly de­signed, and us­es a bunch of mag­nets that are clev­er­ly hid­den and work pret­ty much au­to­mat­i­cal­ly. Tug on the sleeves hard enough and an en­tire back pan­el comes away with the sleeves (it’s one piece). Re-at­tach­ing is al­so easy, though we did no­tice the back low­er mag­nets didn’t al­ways con­nect with­out a lit­tle nudg­ing. Adding the mag­nets does add a bit of weight- we didn’t care, but su­per-se­ri­ous, frac­tion-of-an-ounce-con­scious bi­cy­clists might.

At $110, it’s not in­ex­pen­sive, but will have ev­ery­one around you ask­ing ques­tions when you sud­den­ly trans­form. Nifty! Maybe the next edi­tion will have a hood as well, the on­ly thing miss­ing from mak­ing this our fa­vorite new lightweight rainy day out­er­wear.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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