The Vulpine Men's Merino Button Jersey looks good, feels lovely and expresses a light and easy attitude to summer riding.
When parting with your hard earned cash you want to ensure your shiny new purchase is fit for purpose and looks good. This certainly applies to jerseys and even more so when you're paying £80.
There is an increasingly bigger selection but none has created such a buzz as UK based brand Vulpine. Launched in March 2012 the range has grown and the plaudits followed suit.
So what is the fuss all about? Attention to detail in styling and choice of materials are top of the list. You can tell there is a level of application in the creation of these garments and the end result is a joy to wear.
In this case it is the Merino Button jersey, a collar-less jersey with - you guessed it - buttons replacing the traditional zip on the front and a wealth of nice, well thought out additions.
The fit is good and more importantly the Tasmanian merino wool provides a really nice feel when worn next to the skin.
The cut is cycling-specific with an elongated tail. The silicone waist gripper ensures everything remains in place.
There are two large open pockets on the rear, sandwiching a smaller zipped pocket. The thought process behind the pocket pattern is aimed at creating a more casual riding jersey. Most traditional style cycling jerseys have the pockets higher up. If you want to use this without a pack and are used to stuffing your pockets you'll find the jersey tail then hangs down quite low and you're missing the essence of the jersey. This is for riding free and light.
One of those neat additional touches I mentioned earlier can be found on the middle zipper pocket, a reflective light loop emphasising the easy nature of this top.
The jersey handles a heavy workload with aplomb. No matter how hard you work, the jersey wicks very well, disperses odours really efficiently and leaves you dry and your friends still talking to you. There is no irritation from seams or stitching so you are left to concentrate on riding.
The buttons on the front are engraved with a V and there are no scratchy labels to cause discomfort. There are four colours to choose from, besides the fern green you can select astral blue, claret or grey
In summary, the Vulpine Merino Button jersey captures what summer riding should be; comfortable, effortless with plenty of style.
Stylish and efficient jersey that adds to your wardrobe options. Looks good on or off the bike.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Vulpine Men's Merino Button Jersey
Size tested: Medium, Fern Green
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?
Can be worn either as a casual jersey on the bike or for a bit of extra style off it. It features a number of clever innovations that you don't get with other options.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The use of tasmanian merino wool allows the jersey to fit well but work extremely hard at keeping you comfortable and odour free.
The button jersey offers you a robust top, with some clever innovations. The removal of any material labels prevent scratching, the reflective light loop and the angled pockets are well thought out.
The merino used in this jersey is really efficient at wicking away sweat but having done that it doesn't hold on to it so keeps you on good terms with your mates.
Wears well and the merino is a decent thickness so shows no sign of proving fallible.
The jersey isn't the lightest but then it doesn't set out to be. The material used has other qualities which make the button jersey more impressive.
Using merino products generally has most people commenting on how comfortable they feel next to the skin. This is no exception.
Some may baulk at the price given that it could be used more as a top to be worn off the bike but don't discount it until you seen what it has to offer.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really well, it proved to be really comfortable with some technical know-how thrown in.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style and good at what it should do, it's a winning combination.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The length is more of a personal choice. At first I filled the pockets as I normally would and then found the back of the jersey hung down far to low. Don't and it's fine.
Did you enjoy using the product? Very much and attracted a few impressed comments.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Merino wool has been around for a while but Vulpine show you can still surprise people.
About the tester
Age: 44 Height: 178cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three My best bike is: As above
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT