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Vulpine's range of clothing encompasses more race orientated apparel through to more casual looking kit. Their collaboration with Britain's most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, combines Vulpine's technical know-how and attention to detail with Sir Chris's years of experience, and one result is the Hoy Vulpine Akita City jersey.
The Akita City is a jersey with a contemporary slant. At first glance it's similar to many others on the market, but the difference is in the finish and the feel.
Made from a super-soft brushed jersey fabric, it has a very soft feel when worn next to the skin without a base layer. Anti-bacterial properties help combat odours (no problems here, unlike the women's version tested a few weeks previously) and deal with moisture transfer; it copes well in harsh conditions, when you sweat a lot, and doesn't leave you feeling too damp. Worn for consecutive days doesn't faze it either.
Flatlock stitching on the inside helps with the comfort, and the jersey fabric has plenty of stretch, avoiding too racy a fit and feel. It's cut long at the back to provide enough coverage when you're in the drops, and the looser feel allows you to move around without it feeling restrictive.
To reduce any risk of itching, the information normally consigned to a label is printed onto the jersey, something more manufacturers are doing - a simple but effective way of dealing with this age old issue.
The collar and cuffs have a ribbed finish and the short YKK zip looks stylish and works well for easy use. (Again, no problems here, unlike with the women's jersey.) Track stripes on the zip pull are another nice detail, in reference to Sir Chris's success in that arena.
There are no obvious pockets on the rear as you get with a traditional cycling jersey, but there is a concealed side pocket for your valuables. The only tell tale sign is the YKK zip pull.
The Hoy Vulpine Akita City Jersey isn't cheap at £54.99, but you can pay a lot more for similar designs, and on the plus side you get a top that can be worn with plenty of style on and off the bike.
Quality and stylish jersey that is equally at home on and off the bike
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Make and model: Hoy Vulpine Akita City 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: "A modern take on cycling jerseys of the 1950s, this wonderfully soft style classic is fast drying and odour defeating.
"Suitable for commuting, touring and ordering drinks.
"Suggested temperature range, 12°C - 30°C."
For those who perhaps want a different jersey when riding locally or around town or maybe just casually off the bike.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Super soft brushed jersey fabric
Anti bacterial, odour fighting and moisture wicking
Flatlocking stitching throughout for comfort and stretch
HOY V contrast embroidered branding
Trackstripes authenticity tab
No scratchy labels, all information is printed onto inside of garment
Ribbed funnel neck collar and cuffs
YKK collar zip with trackstripes zip pull for ease of use
Concealed side seam valuables pocket with YKK zip
A well made jersey that has maintained its shape and feel after many wears and washes.
The Hoy Vulpine Akita City Jersey has worn well and copes with warmer conditions. It absorbs sweat without feeling too heavy and deals with odours or other nasty niffs well. Zips work well too.
After many wears the jersey has maintained its form and shape. It has been through several washes and the material is box fresh. The zips are still working well with no obvious hiccups.
The Hoy Vulpine Akita City Jersey is not going to feel the same as your lightweight Lycra race jersey. But it offers a better option for off-the-bike use as it feels more substantial without being a burden.
The super-soft brushed jersey fabric is soft and smooth. Comfort is enhanced by the flatlocked stitching and lack of labels.
Not the cheapest, but you are paying for quality and detail. The jersey is on par with, if not cheaper than, many other 'off the bike' options that are now coming to the market.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Top notch in that it wears well on or off the bike and has proved very durable.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and style.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Although it is available in three colours, none of them are hugely inspiring.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
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?
Quality and style are to the fore in this simple but effective jersey.
Age: 45 Height: 178cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three My best bike is: As above
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mountain biking, and looking to dip my toe in the world of TT