Vulpine launch Epic clothing range for autumn

Two new jackets, shorts and trousers made from Epic cotton for men and women now available

by David Arthur   September 11, 2013  

Vulpine have launched a new and expanded range of Epic cotton clothing, with two jackets, trousers and shorts. They first utilised Epic cotton in their Cotton Rain Jacket in 2012, and it’s clear they’ve fallen for the qualities of the fabric for cycle clothing.

It's easy to see why. Epic cotton boasts good breathability and is water- and wind-resistant. That makes it ideal for autumn cycling, where you need protection from the elements but the temperature is still generally high enough to warrant good heat regulation. Deciding then to create a full outfit from Epic cotton, Vulpine offer the Original Rain and Harrington Rain jackets, Cotton Rain Shorts and Cotton Rain Trousers. Each is available in a range of colours and for men and women, and are available on their updated website now.

The Original Rain Jacket is the updated version of the Cotton Rain Jacket road.cc reviewed last year, which scored four out of five stars. It’s now available in four colours and they’ve made a few changes.

The bum flap, or splash guard to give it its technical name, can now be unzipped and removed completely.

The cuffs are lined with Scotchlite fabric and can be turned up when you need extra visibility. All zips are waterproofed, ventilation is supplied by a open back across the shoulders, and there is a reflective light loop around the back. The price has gone up a little though, it now costs £210.

The Harrington Rain Jacket has a more relaxed style compared to the Original, based of course on the classic jacket first made in the 1930s. “A casual jacket as home keeping a split frozen margarita at bay as it is bombing past hedgerows in the teeming rain,” proclaims the Vulpine website. Not sure about the margarita myself, but each to their own.

It’s of course made from Epic cotton with waterproof zips, fleece-lined cuffs, magnetic neck and pocket closures a rear reflective loop. For women Vulpine have modified the cut, wider at the hips and chest, in at the waist. It costs £195 and is available in several colours.

The Cotton Rain Shorts offer comfort and practicality for anyone looking for a short for touring or commuting. They’re cut just above the knee, with what they hope is just the right amount of bagginess, slimmer than their Tailored shorts. They’ve designed the gusset so there’s no seam to sit on and cause discomfort.

Waist adjusters let you tailor the fit, there’s reflective lined hems and tabs on the sides for visibility, a couple of pockets, including a zipped pocket and key carabiner hidden in the main pocket. They cost £115 with various colours to choose from.

Lastly, the Cotton Rain Trousers. These feature the same details as the shorts, but with tapered legs and articulated knees. There’s button adjusters at the ankles and the waist is lower than their Tailored Trousers. They cost £140.

There are new merinos tops and softshell jackets coming in October, we’ll keep you updated on those. Check out www.vulpine.cc for more details on the new range.

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Err, is the model riding the riser-bar bike wearing the Cotton Rain Shorts? In what world is that 'just above the knee'?

posted by Ham-planet [89 posts]
11th September 2013 - 19:33

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Hope they've sorted out the arm length problem on the jackets?

posted by Arthur Scrimshaw [46 posts]
11th September 2013 - 19:50

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Hi Ham, just above the knee for men. Not women! That's Jools by the way.

Arthur, I don't think there's an overall 'problem' with arm length. It's impossible to size it exactly for every shape at the lower and higher reaches (pun intended), but I did add 1.5cm amongst some sizing tweaks. Hope that helps. Just ask if you're not sure on size. Info@vulpine.cc

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posted by aslongasicycle [301 posts]
11th September 2013 - 20:04

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aslongasicycle wrote:
Hi Ham, just above the knee for men. Not women! That's Jools by the way.

Arthur, I don't think there's an overall 'problem' with arm length. It's impossible to size it exactly for every shape at the lower and higher reaches (pun intended), but I did add 1.5cm amongst some sizing tweaks. Hope that helps. Just ask if you're not sure on size. eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%49%6e%66%6f%40%76%75%6c%70%69%6e%65%2e%63%63%22%3e%49%6e%66%6f%40%76%75%6c%70%69%6e%65%2e%63%63%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b'))


Thanks for the reply, I appreciate we all come in different shapes and sizes but I couldn't get the softshell to fit me, when it fitted my body the arms were way too short, going up a size sorted the arms but it was too baggy for me (I'm aware it was supposed to be a more relaxed fit) It broke my heart to send them back as I fell in love with the jacket, real quality and style Sad

posted by Arthur Scrimshaw [46 posts]
11th September 2013 - 20:47

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Ham-planet wrote:
Err, is the model riding the riser-bar bike wearing the Cotton Rain Shorts? In what world is that 'just above the knee'?

I thought they looked like Hot Pants!

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posted by Fixie Girl [115 posts]
11th September 2013 - 21:56

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I must be reading the size chart wrong, because it looks like the smallest size the trousers come in is a 32" waist.

posted by Jonathing [49 posts]
11th September 2013 - 22:19

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And I was thinking that at last some one had invented shorts that were a decent length. Just why are shorts so damn long. The idea is to get the legs brown and cool isn't it?

posted by mattsccm [248 posts]
12th September 2013 - 8:08

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Jonathing, Not sure what's happened there, but our smallest waist size is a 30":
http://www.vulpine.cc/Static/Size-Guide

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posted by aslongasicycle [301 posts]
12th September 2013 - 8:59

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Handy image to demo riding length of men's Cotton Rain Shorts.

Spot the model...

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posted by aslongasicycle [301 posts]
12th September 2013 - 9:01

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How are the men's shorts on thigh width? I'm an ex rugby league prop and struggle to find 'tailored' shorts that fit.

Love those rain jackets.

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posted by nostromo [65 posts]
12th September 2013 - 9:15

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Thanks Nostromo, pretty proud of the jackets. Think we nailed them.
The shorts aren't skinny, but they're not baggy either. Its hard to say because everyone is different, but they're certainly not tight. I'm quite big of thigh and they're bang on for me.
Best way really is to try them and if they're not right and you haven't dragged them on the back of a muck-spreader (so they're sellable) is send them back if they're not working out size-wise. Or email us on info@vulpine.cc with specific size info or a comparison with another brand and the actually people who designed them (like, er, me) can reply back to you within hours.

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posted by aslongasicycle [301 posts]
12th September 2013 - 10:40

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