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

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.

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Ham-planet [111 posts] 2 years ago
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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'?

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Arthur Scrimshaw [64 posts] 2 years ago
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Hope they've sorted out the arm length problem on the jackets?

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aslongasicycle [380 posts] 2 years ago
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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 [at] vulpine.cc

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Arthur Scrimshaw [64 posts] 2 years ago
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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. Info [at] vulpine.cc

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  2

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Fixie Girl [125 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Jonathing [67 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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mattsccm [324 posts] 2 years ago
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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?

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aslongasicycle [380 posts] 2 years ago
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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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aslongasicycle [380 posts] 2 years ago
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Handy image to demo riding length of men's Cotton Rain Shorts.
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Spot the model...

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nostromo [55 posts] 2 years ago
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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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aslongasicycle [380 posts] 2 years ago
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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 [at] 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.