Creating the perfect waterproof cycling jacket means delicately balancing a number of factors. Ramp up the water resistance in the material and you're left with a fabric that although extremely efficient in preventing water from penetrating, doesn't breath all too well. The end product? A cyclist suffering from boil-in-a-bag syndrome.
After investing a great deal of time, money, effort and passion in R&D, this conundrum has been solved by Vulpine. The answer? Vulpine's innovative Gill Ventilation System inspired by the humble fish. Not only do the Gill's help expel moisture built up from pedalling, they also are angled so they don't impede airflow, so they won't flap around.
With Vulpine's obsession to detail, the remaineder of the jacket is packed with features that make both your ride and arrival at destination more comfortable. For example, there are fully taped seams and waterproof YKK zips to stave off errant rain drops sneaking in, tough shoulders to prevent chafing from backpack straps, elasticed lycra internal cuffs, pleated arms and shoulders for riding fit.
Neat cycling features are abundant, the clever removeable reflective Storm Guard to protect your derriere from spray, and a shielded waterproof chest pocket for your phone and keys. Then there's the hood. Although many may prefer to ride without a hood, if you want a truly waterproof jacket, the option of a hood is a must. If it's not for you while on your bike, you have a choice. Simply don't put it up, or remove it via the zip. If you do decide to ride with it on, it unsurprisingly has a cycle-specific fit, with tough bonded peak and jawline cord adjusters for easy adjustment to keep you shielded from the elements.
And when the storm passes? The jacket can be rolled up and will fit into most 3-pocket cycling jerseys.
Vulpine size their cycling garments based on body measurements only. The team have worked hard to ensure that Vulpine clothes are cut with the correct amount of room to fit the measurements on the guide.
Please measure yourself following the instructions before choosing what size to buy, as sizes do vary wildly between brands.
Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keep the tape level, under your arms and breath naturally. Do not tense up!
- 30-32"/76-81cm – UK Size 8
- 32-34"/81-86cm – UK Size 10
- 34-36"/86-91cm – UK Size 12
- 36-38"/91-96cm – UK Size 14
Vulpine Women's Waterproof Gill Jacket technical detailing:
- 3 layer waterproof breathable fabric with 4 way stretch
- soft jersey inner lining fully taped seams and waterproof YKK zips
- unique Gil System side ventilation
- front zip pockets
- removable storm flap
- removable hood lycra inner cuff, scalloped outer cuff
- hem adjuster and waist adjuster
Vulpine was founded by Nick & Emmalou Hussey at around the same time as VeloVixen. Coming from backgrounds in film & design, they put their life savings and house into creating the company.
They now have a little boy, Millar, and a daughter Lyra. They've had cycling genetically implanted into them. The team has grown significantly through less organic means too. Vulpine have quickly become one of the biggest and most ambitious names in cycling. Crucially, office Jack Russell Lily, remains in a position of responsibility.
They've put in years of painstaking design, research and testing to create stylish cycling apparel that you'll actually want to wear both for cycling and for when you get where you're going. They've have made sure that it is all cut for cycling, with a classic British tailored influence. They've chosen sophisticated colours that don't just mimic other products out there. They've added innovations that are practical without being dull. And visibility features that you can wear with pride.
Vulpine has been a dream for most of Nick's adult life. He fell in love with cycling as a child, quickly graduating to pretty serious road racing and time trialling. But the enjoyment of cycling in all its forms is absolutely key to all the Vulpine team members. They believe we are all Cyclists, but also people with lives off the bike as well as on. We look forward to working with them as their exponential growth and profile continues.
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