Vulpine Merino Button jersey  £80.00

8/10

Extremely comfortable cycle-specific jersey that doesn't shout 'bike kit' if you wear it around town too

Weight 200g   Contact  www.vulpine.cc

by Mat Brett   June 6, 2012  

The Vulpine Merino Button Jersey is soft and comfy with good cycle-specific features, although it's subtle enough not to look too out of place off the bike.

It's 100% wool – fine, medium-weight, non-itchy merino. Even a few washes down the line, it feels good without any prickliness at all, and flat-lock stitching throughout adds to the comfort. Plus, as usual with merino, it wicks moisture away from your skin well and is very resistant to odours. That means you can sit indoors at a mid-ride café stop without feeling guilty about putting other customers off their cappuccinos.

The Merino Button Jersey is quite unusual in that... well, it has buttons. The clues are all there if you think about it. That means opening the neck to let the breeze in is more difficult than it is with a zip, but we're guessing that most people who use this jersey aren't going to be too bothered about that; it's a casual riding jersey rather than a top for people who are training or racing. The buttons are actually on the left-hand side – you know, the women's side – which makes things more tricky if you're a bloke and you're used to them on the right, but you'll probably leave them done up most of the time anyway.

The cut is slim – not skin-tight racer style, but certainly close to the body – so there's not a whole lot of excess fabric to waft about as you ride. The rear is long so there's no risk of you showing any bare flesh back there. If anything, I'd say it's maybe a touch overgenerous. I'm 1.90m tall and had the medium sized jersey and it still reached way down. The hem is elasticated and there's a silicone gripper inside so there's no danger that it's ever going to ride up.

There's plenty of storage space around the back although the pocket arrangement is unusual. You get a deep, slant-topped pocket on each hip, and between them a zipped pocket that'll take a wallet, phone or MP3 player. This one sits much lower – it's only 9cm high. Why have Vulpine done that? It's to keep your stuff out of the way if you're wearing a backpack. It's a good idea and it works well.

You get reflective trim back there too, and a loop from which you can hang an LED – again, out of the way of a backpack. Embroidered logos are a stylish finishing touch.

Who should buy this jersey? Although I love the feel of merino, I'm not a massive fan of it for high-intensity riding in the summer. Yes, it wicks sweat really well but if you do manage to get it sopping wet in the heat it gets heavier than synthetics. Anyway, the relaxed design of this jersey suggests it's more suitable for leisure riders, commuters, tourers... people who are perhaps going to carry on wearing it once they reach their destination. If that's you, this is a really high-quality choice.

Verdict

Extremely comfortable cycle-specific jersey that doesn't shout 'bike kit' if you wear it around town too.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Vulpine Merino Button jersey

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 say:

"Incredibly comfortable, with extraordinary attention to detail. Odour-free, sweat-wicking, cut long and slim for cycling. Made from 100% highest grade mid-weight Merino, faultless flatlock stitching, with three well thought out rear pockets, a light loop and reflective detail at rear.

100% merino wool

Extraordinarily odour-resistant

Very breathable

Cut long for cycling

Fast-drying

Flatlock stitching for comfort

Two rear-angled pockets

One rear zip pocket for valuables

Reflective band and light loop

Embroidered branding

Silicon waist gripper

Engraved buttons with V stitching"

There's nothing to take issue with there.

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

Merino wool naturally wicks sweat and is antibacterial so it doesn't easily pick up unpleasant odours.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Very well made from super-soft merino with flat-lock stitched seams, embroidered logos and a good silicone gripper inside the hem.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Although Endura do a merino jersey at £45, most are considerably more expensive than that. Shutt VR's are around £80 and Rapha's are more than that.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The comfort and the lack of odour.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The buttons are on the left-hand side which I found awkward. I never remembered.

Did you enjoy using the product? Definitely.

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,

 

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would be interested if it came in something other than dayglo black.

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posted by TheHatter [808 posts]
6th June 2012 - 22:17

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Hi Hatter! I've done it in blue too. More colours as we get bigger and can afford more fabric. Cheer, Nick.

www.vulpine.cc
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posted by aslongasicycle [248 posts]
6th June 2012 - 22:36

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Whoa, looks good but that is a lot of cash for a casual riding jersey.

posted by astrapower [4 posts]
7th June 2012 - 13:52

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Hi Astra. We've put the same care and performance characteristics into a casual jersey,as a racing jersey, if not more. In a way you need it more! No odours, comfort and looking good off bike isn't easy!
The fabric is 100% Tasmanian merino, not a blend. It costs us a bomb! Plus really high end stitching and detail. No messing!
I hope that's fair comment.
Nick.

www.vulpine.cc
@aslongasicycle
@vulpinecc

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posted by aslongasicycle [248 posts]
7th June 2012 - 15:40

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hmmm personal taste alert. im really not sure about this jersey. i think its the buttons cant put my finger on it.. like your other products though Smile

posted by russyparkin [550 posts]
7th June 2012 - 19:03

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This jersey is great.

I was unsure of the style initially, I usually go for jerseys with collars, but as soon as I slipped it on I loved it. I often wear mine to work and have had several compliments from non-cyclists. It's amazingly comfortable in a hot British office with no air conditioning too. I could wear it for the whole week without it getting the slightest bit smelly - however, I'm not sure my colleagues got the memo on Merino wool, so I have to rotate it with other stuff so they think I've washed it!

I love it. More please, Mr. Vulpine.

posted by Mr. Rossi [37 posts]
11th June 2012 - 20:42

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