review

Ekoi Morfo One Size bib shorts

8
£150.39

VERDICT:

8
10
Very comfortable and innovative bib shorts that are genuinely one-size-fits-all.
Weight: 
170g
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The Morfo bib shorts are quirky and expensive, but actually very comfortable and truly one-size-fits-all. What's more, in a strange hypothetical situation whereby my 6ft 4in mate needed to borrow some shorts and it was down to me at 5ft 9in to lend him some – now I can!

That's right, Ekoi claim the Morfo shorts are a 'world first' because they are the only one-size-fits-all bib shorts you can buy. This might be another case of solving problems that don't really exist, and I was dubious that they really would fit riders just as well from both ends of the size range. But they were a great fit on me – I'm 5ft 9in – and similarly good for friends who are both shorter and over six foot. Each one of us found them thoroughly comfortable and well-fitting, with the leg bands sitting just above the knee and a nice, compressive fit against the thighs.

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Rather than sewing the chamois inside the shorts, Ekoi have integrated it straight into the body of the Morfos which gives an unusual appearance; it looks if they're inside out. This is actually nothing new, having appeared on X-Bionic's Trick and Effektor bib shorts for some time now. It isn't an essential feature but I certainly found it comfortable and far superior to a stitched-in chamois pad on cheap bib shorts. Plus, it differentiates them from other more conventional shorts to justify the price tag.

Ekoi have used a special polypropylene/elastane mix to make the shorts one-size-fits-all. The fabric is similar to the usual Nylon/Lycra blend but far stretchier and lighter. As a result, the shorts feel more like a woven, knitted garment but far more breathable.

They don't have the smooth feel of Nylon/Lycra shorts and at first I was wandering if things would get itchy, but any doubts subsided midway through a long ride. The seamless design means there aren't really any places to irritate the skin, which is another benefit of that integrated chamois pad. I did find that the bib straps were quite dense and felt cumbersome when I first put them on, but you only really notice them pulling when you're off the bike and standing up. Conversely they're very robust like the rest of the garment, and for no weight penalty compared to other medium-sized bib shorts. That's impressive considering these will fit anyone.

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Though the label says 'handwash only' I can report that the shorts survived a 30° cool wash with no adverse effects. Being as they're not tumble dryer-friendly this was also an opportunity to test out the claim of quick-drying properties. Ekoi says they dry 'remarkably quickly' but I have to say that's quite an exaggeration. Compared to conventional shorts they do take longer to dry and I found they held some water on my test rides as well. This isn't an absolute deal breaker for me and I'll accept it for the more comfortable feel.

The Morfos certainly aren't cheap, but the similarly tech-heavy Trick shorts from X-Bionic retail at close to £200, and high-end options from Rapha and Assos are more expensive. Comparatively they offer reasonable value for money considering the one-size-fits-all construction is unprecedented.

Overall I'm very impressed with the Morfo shorts. They're packed with tech and among Ekoi's sometimes wacky ideas (a jersey designed to prevent tan lines, for example) this is definitely their best one to date.

Verdict

Very comfortable and innovative bib shorts that are genuinely one-size-fits-all.

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Ekoi Morfo One Size Bibshort

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?

Ekoi say the Morfo bib shorts are a 'world first', because they are currently the only one-size-fits-all bib shorts. The padding is integrated so appears on both sides, which looks odd but works a treat.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Polypropylene/elastane mixed fabric

Integrated polyurethane chamois

One-size-fits-all

Anti-bacterial

Moisture-wicking fabric

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

They're really robust and are built to last judging from my test period.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

They're great for long rides, no chafing and no irritation to report.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

After several uses they're good as new, and that's even after putting them through the washing machine by mistake.

Rate the product for fit:
 
10/10

Everyone I've given them to try, from 5"6 to 6"4, reported a perfect fit - no arguments here.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
10/10

Neither - they're one-size-fits-all!

Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10

No heavier than a normal set of medium bib shorts at 170g, impressive considering they will fit an XXL.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
7/10

You know the straps are there and they're a bit thick, but supremely comfortable elsewhere.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Not cheap, but then they are a 'world first'.

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Considering it says 'handwash only' it survived a 30° cool wash - but obviously this isn't recommended. They dry quickly, so as long as you're prepared to handwash it shouldn't be a problem.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Fine, but performance in the wet wasn't as good as I'd have liked.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit that can be achieved and the padding - I could ride in these all day no problem.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I found the material holds water quite easily and gets a bit heavy, so I wouldn't use them intentionally when it's wet.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Perhaps

Use this box to explain your score

If they could afford them and don't mind being told they've got their shorts on inside out, then I could recommend them.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 27  Height: 179cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride: Road bike (currently Specialized Tarmac)  My best bike is: Ridley Chronus TT bike

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Triathlon races

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.