When sports kit is designed by someone who actually does the sport, it’s usually good, I find- the attention to detail, the practicalities and comfort, and even the looks. So, when Vulpine announced a collection designed by Chris Hoy a while back, I knew it was likely to be a winner.
I bought some of the El Toro bib shorts, a Valldemossa race jersey and the Sprint socks a while back, and have lived and died in them since, especially the bib shorts. Whilst comfort on a bike as a woman is a very personal thing, these shorts really do get it right in my eyes- a plush but not too huge chamois, a flattering fit with sensibly proportioned grippers (printed in small circles to avoid ‘sausage leg’) and a design of the top half that I’ve not seen before- like a well ventilated tri suit!
Like items I’ve had from Vulpine before, the over-arching impression the kit gives is that the person who designed it cares- it features practical little details, and the design and branding is stylish rather than garish- it’s kit I don’t actually mind popping to the shops in post ride!
Since I bought the kit, I’ve ridden in it week in, week out, so it’s had plenty of abuse, from a fast and furious chaingang, to leisurely cafe rides and a tough, hilly ride at the HOY100 Sportive in the Yorkshire Dales- and it’s washed and worn like a dream. For the price point it sits at, I’m genuinely impressed by the quality and design that’s gone into it!
At the HOY100 Sportive over the weekend, I had a sneak peak at the new Autumn/Winter kit collection which launches next week, and it’s a cracker- from speaking to the designer himself (see above photo!), it’s good to see feedback from the first range has gone into the new, expanded range that’ll be keeping me toasty this winter now I’ve started getting a salary at last 😉
I paid for and have ridden many miles in the kit I’ve reviewed here, before being invited to ride the sportive at the weekend and gifted some of the new kit. This has not influenced my opinions & this is not a sponsored post. Both of the photos used are courtesy of James.