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The Ekoi Morpho Senza Unisize is an excellent baselayer, shifting sweat really well to keep you dry and comfortable.
This top is made from Dryarn – 80% polypropylene and 20% polyester. Perhaps I've been doing this job for too long, but I know from experience that polypropylene makes excellent baselayers because it's very lightweight and doesn't absorb sweat. That's exactly the performance you get here, the fabric moving moisture away from your body quickly and effectively without getting waterlogged itself.
I've been using the Morpho throughout the UK summer and it has done a great job throughout without causing me to overheat. Ekoi reckons it's suitable for temperatures right down to 3°C (it says 'up to' but I'm thinking that's just a translation issue) although I'd certainly be wearing something thicker with long sleeves before getting anywhere close to that. But for warmer temperatures, this top is superb.
The Morpho comes in a single size, measuring about 30in around the chest. Chances are that your chest is considerably larger that that, but it's not a problem because the material is super-stretchy meaning that you'll get the close, body-hugging fit that you need for the Dryarn to perform at its best.
The body is seamless so there are no ridges to cause discomfort as you reach out on your bike, and that stretchiness means there's no resistance to movement. There are no internal labels to irritate you either – the washing instructions and so on are woven into the hem.
This is an exceptionally good top at a very reasonable price; you can't go wrong here.
An exceptionally good sweat shifter at a highly reasonable price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Ekoi Morpho Senza Unisize 2016
Size tested: One size
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
It's a general use cycling baselayer.
- 1 one size - fits all bodies – EKOI EXCLUSIVE
- Specific weave to remove moisture more effectively
- Dryarn Fiber: + wicks perspiration 7 times more than a polyester fiber
- An absorption rate of almost zero sweating (0.05%) for a body always dry,
- Thermoregulation of body temperature,
- Thin & lightweight, even forgotten in contact with the body and skin,
- High resistance to friction
- Effective up to 3° ( wear as base layer)
- ADULT 1 size fits all bodies.
- Sweetness: Dryarn fiber ultra-sweet & extensible
- Dries very quickly
- Second Skin Effect
- Machine washable at 30°
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The people behind Dryarn say: "Dryarn is a high performance fibre. It's an innovative yarn that provides the wearer comfort, technology and practicality. Lightweight, insulating, breathable, Dryarn is the best ally of the sports performance of an athlete."
Check out www.dryarn.com/la-fibra/ for details on the fabric itself.
It's a seamless body that's superbly comfortable.
It's pretty hard wearing. It doesn't need to be as tough as an external layer because it's always going to be covered.
Despite being one size, the stretchiness of the fabric means that pretty much everyone will get a good, close fit.
It's one size. It measures about 32in around the waist section, so if you're skinnier than that it might be a little loose there, I guess.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
You put it in the machine at 30°C with other white stuff and it comes out fine. It hasn't taken on any lingering odours.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's exceptionally good at shifting sweat without causing me to overheat in warm weather.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The sweat shifting ability and general comfort.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There's nothing I particularly disliked here.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Undoubtedly
Use this box to explain your score
It's an exceptionally good baselayer at a highly reasonable price. It's a clear 9, no arguments.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.