HOY Vulpine goes modular for the coming winter

New collection gets updated jerseys, gilet, bibs and shell

The long, dark days of winter are nearly here, but don’t panic — HOY Vulpine has put the finishing touches to its new autumn/winter clothing range. It’s designed to be modular and adaptable, so road cyclists in more temperate climes can see out the next six months in style.

Perfect for road riding in Britain, then. Let's take a look at the highlights.

The HOY Vulpine autumn/winter range

The packable Signal Gilet brings extra warmth for winter mornings
The packable Signal Gilet brings extra warmth for winter mornings

The range focuses on lettering garments that can cope with changeable conditions: so there’s a lightweight long-sleeved Senko jersey (£110) for warmer autumn evenings, which can be paired with the packable Signal Gilet (£110) for extra warmth on chilly mornings.

The short-sleeved Fortress jacket is made from a thicker weight material, and comes with arm warmers
The short-sleeved Fortress jacket is made from a thicker weight material, and comes with arm warmers

Once the weather starts to get nastier, there’s the aptly named Fortress jersey (£140). It's made from a thicker weight of water resistant fabric and comes with arm warmers, and according to HOY Vulpine is designed for “fast riding in bad conditions”, 

The long-sleeved Roubaix jersey is made from a soft, warm fleece for extra warmth
The long-sleeved Roubaix jersey is made from a soft, warm fleece for extra warmth

There’s also a thicker weight long-sleeved Roubaix jersey (£90), made from a soft, warm fleece for even colder temperatures, which can be paired with the thermal Roubaix bib tights (£125) and Randa softshell jacket (£140) for when the wind whips up.

HOY Vulpine's autumn/winter collection is designed to get you through the dark days ahead
HOY Vulpine's autumn/winter collection is designed to get you through the dark days ahead

The final piece of the puzzle is the Beacon waterproof jacket (£160), made from bright, high-vis and tough ripstop fabric, with lots of reflective detailing. It’s designed to protect the wearer from the worst of the British winter, and includes a large vent on the rear, plus a chest pocket for essentials.

Worrying levels of obsession

It's not new, but we're including HOY Vulpine's merino baselayer with a roll-neck, because it looks so cosy
It's not new, but we're including HOY Vulpine's merino baselayer with a roll-neck, because it looks so cosy

“A lot of autumn weather riding is about adaptability,” says Nick Hussey, founder of Vulpine. “It may be a cold start, warming up, with rain showers, wind, the lot. So we created further outfitting modules such as our gorgeous Fortress Jersey, which come with arm warmers as standard. This is also covered in reflectivity, in case the skies fall in. We thought about, discussed, tested and re-tested this to worrying levels of obsession.”

These new lines of clothing join existing garments, such as the very cosy looking merino baselayer (pictured above) and winter gloves and caps, in making winter just that little bit warmer.

The entire range was shot on location on the Col de la Bonette, in the French Alps — one of the highest mountain roads in Europe at 2,715m high, chosen by Vulpine as it can deliver some of the most challenging riding conditions found anywhere in Europe. We’ll be getting this clothing in for review soon, to report back on whether it can cope with your commute too.

International pricing was unavailable at the time of writing.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Kona Cindercone
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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