Motorcycle gear should be strong. It’s cool if it looks harsh too. It must be versatile and protective. It also doesn’t hurt if it’s easy on the wallet. The Xelement CF5050 Morph Jacket meets this standard. For me, one of the features that the Morph jacket offers that most don’t is the full padding for the chest, upper back, sides, top and side of the shoulders and abdomen. Note that this is not the removable CE approved armor provided at the shoulders and elbows.
Instead, it’s flexible, high-density foam that can soften a blow. The manufacturer does not claim that it can prevent injury in the event of an accident, but it does provide some additional degree of protection. The padding is also segmented to allow for a full range of motion. CE approved level of protection, in accordance with EN1621-1-2012. There is also a removable foam back pad, but this is not CE approved protection.The Xelement Morph jacket’s suite of safety features include retro-reflective piping on the front shoulders, front and rear sides and upper back to improve rider visibility in low light conditions and after dark of the night. Note that the gray material on the sleeves is not reflective. The 600 Denarius Tritex the waterproof nylon fabric from which the entire outer shell of the jacket is made is familiar to me. I have had several other jackets made with it over the years. The material shows little signs of wear in these products despite years of use.
The Morph jacket is equipped with many pockets, a feature that I really appreciate. There are eight exterior front pockets, seven with zippers: two hand-warmer welt pockets, two horizontal pockets and two vertical pockets, and they are all large. A small zippered key pocket is provided on the lower left sleeve and a small flap pocket for ID is on the upper left outer chest. The pockets don’t stop there. With the 100% polyester taffeta zippered vest liner in place, you’re not giving up any pockets. The liner has a large zipped pocket on the right side and two smaller pockets on the left side. The interior zip pocket on the right side and the large snap closure pocket on each side are accessible with or without the liner installed. So, with the liner in place, you have a total of 13 internal and external pockets for your on-the-go gear.
Two zippered vents at the front of the shoulders and two large zippered vents at the back help ventilation. Most external zippers have additional fabric over the metal pull tab, which makes the zippers easier to grab with your gloves on. The main front zipper is a large sturdy item supported by an internal storm flap. The large-tooth zippers all worked smoothly and reliably. An additional unique feature of the Xelement The Morph Jacket has zipped sleeves to make it a short-sleeved shirt and removes the elbows, but not the shoulder impact protectors. I have another jacket with this feature, and it’s never had any particular problems, but I’ve only taken the sleeves off once in the years I’ve owned it. As for the weather protection of the zipper, this could be affected by how often the sleeves are taken off and put back on. When riding in cold weather, there was no noticeable air infiltration at the zippers. The cuff end has both a zipper and a snap.The mandarin collar stays away from the bottom edge of a helmet and has a hook-and-loop closure that stays closed. Double hook and loop waist adjusters are provided on either side of the waist and abdomen. The material, quality and workmanship of the whole product is excellent. Despite all the features built into it, the Morph doesn’t weigh you down. Including the liner, it tips the scales at 4.2 pounds. Exceptionally, the two-year warranty is not included in the purchase price. It must be purchased with the jacket for $9 and cannot be purchased later. The fit is excellent, following the size chart on the Xelement site for the jacket. As with many riding jackets, the sleeves are slightly long to allow the cuff to reach the wrist when your arms are extended in the riding position. The Morph jacket has a tactical look, and there is real protection in the shell of the jacket. All the built-in safety features taken into account, in my opinion the Morph is one of the most protective textile jackets I’ve had – and in my 48 years of motorcycling I’ve had quite a few. Overall, perhaps the only improvements that can be made are the addition of a CE approved back protector, at least as an option, and a long sleeve zip liner instead of the vest type. After all, if it’s warm enough to zip up the sleeves, you won’t be using the zip liner anyway. The range of pockets makes the Xelement CF5050 Morph Jacket a very practical piece of kit, and the price makes it excellent value for money. Xelement CF5050 Morph Jacket Highlights
- Size: S – 5X-Large
- Colour: Black-Grey
- CE protection: Shoulders and elbows
Xelement CF5050 Morph Jacket Price: $110 MSRP (+$10 or 2X-Large and up)