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A good, if not cheap, option for shorter cycling trips while looking smartish
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Vulpine Women's Summer Cycling Capri Pants
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The Vulpine Women's Summer Cycling Capri Pants look smart, with a good fit when you're on the bike, and their diamond gusset keeps things comfy on shorter rides if you're going unpadded. A fiver off £100 isn't to be sneezed at, though, and you can certainly get a pair of cropped chinos on the high street for a lot less, albeit without the subtle cycling touches.

The least subtle of those – though it shouldn't appear obvious to anyone around you – is that diamond gusset. This keeps seams away from where you don't want them when riding without padded underwear or shorts. From the outside it's just a simple hidden seam, while on the inside green piping covers the joins; it's perfectly comfortable, despite being raised rather than flatlock stitched.

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That same green piping covers other seams on the inside too, around the waistband, the pocket edges, and either side of the zip, while others are stitched flat. However they're constructed, none of the seams are irritating in the slightest.

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Vulpine Womens Summer Cycling Capri Pants - waist 2.jpg

I found the capris a very good fit on the bike, shaped by the seams and darts and helped by a bit of stretch in the fabric. They're also cut high enough at the back so when you're cycling you don't expose too much flesh or leave a gaping hole. The fabric isn't hugely stretchy; I'd say they're closer to cotton chinos than 'jeggings'.

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Vulpine Womens Summer Cycling Capri Pants - waist.jpg

They are a slim fit, and although you get zipped front pockets you probably won't want to put too much in them, especially as the fabric tends to show up whatever is underneath – whether that's coins in your pockets, VPLs or the hems of Vulpine's extrafine padded merino boyshorts (review to come).

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Vulpine Womens Summer Cycling Capri Pants - pocket.jpg

What also shows through – after washing and before ironing – are the label/care instructions printed on the inside of the left 'cheek'. The lettering has that slightly rubbery feel and it puckers up in the wash, meaning you have to iron it to smooth it away.

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Vulpine Womens Summer Cycling Capri Pants - belt loops.jpg

Talking of which... the seams down the back of each leg might create a good shape for cycling but they're a bit of a pain for ironing, as you have to fiddle around them so you don't iron creases in where you don't want them.

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Vulpine Womens Summer Cycling Capri Pants - back.jpg

On me, at 5ft 6 3/4in, the hems sit just below the knee and I can feel them grabbing slightly while I ride, but these aren't designed for hours and hours in the saddle, so I really don't think it's anything to worry about.

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Vulpine Womens Summer Cycling Capri Pants - detail.jpg

If you're caught out in a summer shower, the fabric – with Swiss Schoeller 3X Dry technology finish – is slightly showerproof. Vulpine says it will 'repel light showers' and that's about right: water beads on the surface at first, but it does get through fairly rapidly. It dries quickly, though, and also repels stains. This 'Dove grey' colour has certainly washed up cleanly so far.

> Buyer's guide to casual cycling commuter wear

Overall, they're a very nice pair of smart/casual cropped trousers for cycling round town. They are expensive, though – you can buy a pair of chino crops from Asos for about £20-£25, so whether the Vulpines are worth £95 depends on how much you value the diamond gusset, the shower-repelling fabric and the cycling-friendly fit. They're more attractive at their current sale price of £45, and are available in dark navy and black as well as this grey.

Verdict

A good, if not cheap, option for shorter cycling trips while looking smartish

road.cc test report

Make and model: Vulpine Womens Summer Cycling Capri Pants

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Vulpine says: "Elegantly tailored for a subtle cycling fit, made from new fabric, combining durability, smartness, moisture wicking & stretch. Swiss Schoeller 3X DRY technology ensures sweat evaporates quickly, keeping you dry. They repel light showers and stains, there's a diamond gusset to stop chafe, two zipped pockets, all wrapped into a sleek, simple package. Perfect for ladies that cycle to lunch."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Vulpine lists these details:

DIAMOND GUSSET

Diamond gusset removes risk of soreness in the seat area

CUT FOR CYCLING

High raised rear waistband acknowledges cyclist stretch position and provides coverage

LIGHTWEIGHT

Lightweight but durable fabric with a Swiss Schoeller 3X DRY technology finish

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Very well made. A few stray thread ends visible here and there, but nothing to suggest they'll come apart anywhere. Green piping over seam edges on the inside is a nice touch (a bit of a Vulpine trademark?) and makes them look well finished.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Yep, they do they job they're aimed at well: they look smart, are slightly stretchy, and fit well on the bike.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Early days, but so far so good. No seams looks to be coming undone, nothing wearing out.

Rate the product for fit:
 
7/10

A good fit, on and off the bike – in contrast to some other Vulpine clothing labelled the same size.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
7/10

Sized as expected.

Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Easy in that you bung them in the wash at 30 degrees, but they do need ironing to look smart and it's a bit of a faff. First off, the label printed on the inside puckers up after washing so it HAS to be ironed; secondly, because there's a seam down the back of each leg, you can't just iron the fronts easily. And you have to remember to only turn the iron on to one dot.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Did the job well. Just keep them as clean as you can...

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

They're not Lycra but they do fit well on the bike.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Ironing them.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe in the sale.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

They do the job they're designed to pretty well, with a few cycling touches making them more bike-friendly than high street options, although high street options are lots cheaper.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 51  Height: 169cm  Weight: size 10-12

I usually ride: Vitus Venon  My best bike is: Paulus Quiros

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding

Tass is our production pedant, who boldly goes hunting for split infinitives, rogue apostrophes and other things up with which she will not put. She's ridden off-road but much prefers on, hasn't done half the touring she'd like to, and loves paper maps.

9 comments

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Leviathan [2731 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Summer, is that a place in Europe?

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dottigirl [759 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I have these in navy and they've been very useful this summer since April-ish - I've worn them to rugby matches, for days and nights out, for travelling, and all sorts. They fit my bottom half perfectly (unlike Vulpine's top half offering which don't account for the slightest amount of boobage).

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BehindTheBikesheds [616 posts] 2 weeks ago
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OR, buy a pair of ladies Regatta geo Extol trousers (A bit like the M&S cycling chinos) that are full length which have decent levels of water resistance, zipped pockets (including a rear zipped pocket), slightly stretchy and an elasticated waistband.

Take these to eiother a tailor (or your mum as I do when I want some proper sewing doing) to cut the legs off the full length to exactly your specification (so not having to worry about where the hem catches) and have them sewn to look like they came in that length and still have £40 change in your pocket and have a more functional pair of 3/4 lengths that has a bit more room in the leg dept for the ladies plus an extra rear zipped pocket, oh and no stupid seams in the wrong places!

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beezus fufoon [752 posts] 2 weeks ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

 ...a bit more room in the leg dept for the ladies...

yes indeed, they're lighter, airier, and less constrictive than men's trousers, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't make me a transvestite.

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dottigirl [759 posts] 2 weeks ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

OR, buy a pair of ladies Regatta geo Extol trousers (A bit like the M&S cycling chinos) that are full length which have decent levels of water resistance, zipped pockets (including a rear zipped pocket), slightly stretchy and an elasticated waistband.

They're not exactly as smart as the Vulpine offering, are they? It's not the same market, it's a different product altogether.

The Vulpines are pricey, but it's not as if anyone pays full whack, is it?

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BehindTheBikesheds [616 posts] 2 weeks ago
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dottigirl wrote:
BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

OR, buy a pair of ladies Regatta geo Extol trousers (A bit like the M&S cycling chinos) that are full length which have decent levels of water resistance, zipped pockets (including a rear zipped pocket), slightly stretchy and an elasticated waistband.

They're not exactly as smart as the Vulpine offering, are they? It's not the same market, it's a different product altogether.

The Vulpines are pricey, but it's not as if anyone pays full whack, is it?

If you think these are 'smart', fair play to you,  personally I think they are not particularly attractive and in the drab grey colour just uugggh. Add into the fact the  seams are all over the place, they don't look to have much leg space for ladies with bigger legs than the person modelling them, the back section is a normal length rather than coming up a bit higher, and the hem at the lower leg suggest to me they're not all that even for casual cycling.

Each to their own.

 

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Dr_Lex [446 posts] 2 weeks ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

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Each to their own.

 

 

OK, so in pointing Mrs Lex to suggested cyclewear, I have this review, plus a forum member who has bought, worn and likes a pair, or a bloke who takes his strides to his mum for alteration - thanks.

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beezus fufoon [752 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Dr_Lex wrote:
BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

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Each to their own.

 

 

OK, so in pointing Mrs Lex to suggested cyclewear, I have this review, plus a forum member who has bought, worn and likes a pair, or a bloke who takes his strides to his mum for alteration - thanks.

I should point out that I also took mine to BehindTheBikesheds' mum.

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BehindTheBikesheds [616 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Dr_Lex wrote:
BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

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Each to their own.

 

 

OK, so in pointing Mrs Lex to suggested cyclewear, I have this review, plus a forum member who has bought, worn and likes a pair, or a bloke who takes his strides to his mum for alteration - thanks.

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