London based clothing company Vulpine recently sent a selection of their cycling-specific garments to BikeRadar towers. We take a closer look at two of their rain jackets and some casual yet practical shorts.
A lot of cycling clothing is sold as being suitable as casual wear, but in reality not much of it would really pass if you find yourself needing to look presentable. This is where Vulpine clothing really shines. Aside from subtle reflective detailing, many of Vulpine's garments could easily pass as being non-cycle specific.
Their Harrington men's rain jacket, based on a classic British design, features a water- and stain-resistant cotton layer. The combination of a stylish cut and crisp finish mean this garment genuinely looks equally at home both on and off the bike. The fabric has been treated to provide both wind and water resistance.
A fully sealed zip runs for the length of the jacket whilst a nifty magnetic closure keeps the high collar from flapping around. The charcoal finish contrasts with green highlights found at the adjustable button waist and across the piped seams. There are enough pockets to keep things practical including two front ones with their own waterproof zips.
The Harrington isn't the first word in safety clothing, though. Saying the reflective detailing is minimal would be an understatement. But if you were thinking about that then this jacket is most likely not for you.
Our size large Harrington proved a great fit for taller men, particularly those that struggle with finding arms long enough.
Next up is the price. These don't come cheap: the Harrington will set you back £180. The quality is really nice though and it's a product that should have the likes of Rapha worried.
Vulpine Harrington men's jacket
Vulpine also offer a lightweight version of the Harrington jacket. Produced from a less substantial cotton than the regular version, it's ideal for those warmer or more humid evenings. You still get the water and wind resistance of the thicker fabric version but in two different colourways - sage, or the blue example that we received which we feel is more of an acquired taste. It's considerably cheaper too at £135.
Vulpine Lightweight men's Harrington jacket
Vulpine also sent across an example of their tailored shorts, much like their jackets these casually cut items contain many riding specific features. The fabric was chosen for its breathable and water resistant qualities and they're held firmly in place via a silicon waist gripper. Several pockets keep things practical whilst a single zipped pocket adds security. These provide a slightly baggy but very comfortable fit, both the legs and waist are adjustable via buttons so you shouldn't need a belt either. Vulpine have even included a light loop.
We really like these but there is no getting away from the £95 price tag. Still, these are some of the best casual shorts we've seen and a solid choice if you're feeling flush.
Vulpine Tailored shorts