Vulpine specialise in cycling clothing that performs well on the bike, but also looks stylish off the bike. I had the opportunity to review some of their products. This blog reviews the merino Polo and Henley tops.
Unpacking the tops and you are met with simply lovely items of clothing- flawless cut, stitching and design. The feel of the merino is soft and luxurious. When I tried them on I was delighted with the fit. They look great on, the sizing is perfect and flattering.
How do they perform when cycling? What you need with cycling tops is for them not to feel too tight or too lose when your body is moving about as you pedal. Both of these tops excelled on this front. The fact that I didn't notice them, they didn't enter my thoughts when I cycled was a great sign that they did their job well.
The merino material is designed to keep you cool when it is warm and keep you warm in colder conditions. I tested both tops on very warm days- above 25 degrees centigrade- and I felt comfortable. The breathable material wicks the sweat away from the body, so I never felt sweaty and uncomfortable. It also meant that there was no odour from the clothing rendering them serviceable for a day at the office or meeting friends for drinks.
The tops do not look like cycling clothing and this is what makes them so versatile for wearing on and off the bike. I have often worn them on days when I have not been cycling as their smart casual appearance makes them ideal for lots of different occasions. I have been testing these out for about a month and have loved wearing them. They look good, they feel good and they have the technical features that you need for cycling.
Both the Polo Shirt and the Henley are priced at £80. It is good value when you consider that they can be worn both for cycling and non-cycling occasions. They have the technical features that a cyclist needs and the quality means long lasting clothing.
I have also reviewed a pair of Vulpine's socks and if you need a bit more convincing about this type of cycling clothing read on...
Why do you need special cycling clothes?
It's one of those hotly debated subjects among the cycling community. One argument is that you should just wear your normal clothes when cycling. The problem with that is that not all normal clothes perform well when cycling longer distances or are any good when the weather turns nasty. Jeans, for example, do not give you the freedom of movement that you need when pedaling. If it rains jeans get heavy and wet, and that's a nightmare if you are on a bike for any length of time.
The other argument is that you should wear things like lycra and high visibility yellow jackets for freedom of movement, safety and performance in bad weather. The problem with these clothes is that it means you look like 'a cyclist' and its probably not the look you want for the office or meeting friends for lunch.
Vulpine offers clothing that is the best of both worlds- stylish (i.e. looks like normal clothes) and also performs the technical function of cycling clothing. Think, being able to go from bike to work or bike to meeting friends for drinks and not having to change clothes or worry that your clothes shout 'cycling geek.'
Visit Vulpine's website to check out their range.
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.