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After Vulpine, purveyors of fine technical cycling apparel, announced plans back in April to expand their women’s range, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for the collection to be released.

Nick (hiding centre), Jools aka Lady Velo (right) and XXX

Last week on Twitter they teased us with a few tantalising close ups of the delights in store. Now we've got the kit in hand ready to showcase it to the world!

Since launching Vulpine in March 2012, founder Nick Hussey has built a reputation for superb quality, attention to detail and he’s a true advocate of women's cycling, backing Matrix Fitness Racing Academy! This dedication to producing top of the range clothing has seen his stylish, technical cycling apparel receive rave reviews from both the industry and mainstream media, and more importantly their customers.

It’s clear Nick has poured his passion and love for all things two-wheeled into this new womenswear collection. This is a clothing range you wouldn’t feel out of place wearing in Shoreditch, the Shetland Isles and everywhere inbetween.

Integrating British tailoring with performance fabrics and design details gleaned from decades of experience in cycling and design, as proven by the established men’s range, these garments don’t just look great, they work and last.

So without further ado, click through to see what wonders Vulpine have created, we've even included a super duper gallery at the end to whet your appetite further.

Be warned... you may just want to lock your purse away!

[part title='Vulpine women's original rain jacket']

VULPINE SS20131

The first piece out of the postman's bag is the women's original rain jacket, based on the men's phenominally popular version, one of company's founding products. We were sent the indigo version, with contrast yellow zippers, logos and flashes of Vulpine green hidden under the pocket flaps.

The original rain jacket is teeming with cycle specific technical features, it's hard to know where to start. Cycle commuters are well protected from the elements with the jacket's "Epic Cotton"; silicone-coated cotton fibres seeing off any rain and wind, and a foldaway drop tail will keep your derriere dry if you ride sans mudguards.

You'll never struggle with storage as pockets abound, in places where you actually need them. We love the flapped zippered pocket on the left arm with carabiner inside to stash your keys for easy access. No one wants to rifle through a bag in the pouring rain to open your front door. It really is the little touches that count!

Features not to be missed on Vulpine's women's original rain jacket:

  • All pockets are zippered, finished off with flaps that close with magnetic buttons for extra security
  • Subtle reflective detailing on shoulders, fold-up cuffs with highly reflective Scotchlite interior provide good visibility
  • Ventilation is provided by an open back between the shoulders with breathable mesh fabric
  • Adjustable neck, waist and hip with discreet Vulpine toggles, help fit the jacket to your own shape
  • Reflective light holder tab on rear of jacket

Sizes available: XS (UK size 8), S (10), M (12), L (14)

Colour options: Indigo, Military Green

Price: £195 (Pre-orders start 28th August for delivery late September)

More information: Vulpine

[part title='Vulpine women's Harrington rain jacket']

VULPINE SS20133

Next up on the Total Women's Cycling catwalk is the Harrington rain jacket. It's quite a contrast to the original rain jacket, with a different cut and subtler colour scheme. Other than hints of reflective detailing and contrasting grey buttons to help cinch the waist in, the external jacket is one tone.

After a quick try on, you can feel the jacket has been designed for cyclists by cyclists. Ample material and clever darts in the shoulders allow for unrestricted movement in the arms. Although there's no droptail included, the jackets length means you're more than suitably covered. As a solid size 10, with curves shall we say, the bust area wasn't restrictive at all - win!

Another sartorial success in our eyes!

Features not to be missed on Vulpine's women's Harrington rain jacket:

  • Two zippered front pockets, with one buttoned chest pocket, plus rear pocket with magnetic button closing flap
  • Subtle reflective detailing on adjustible button waist and light loop on rear pocket
  • Ventilation is provided by an open back between the shoulders with breathable mesh fabric
  • High soft collar with zip dock and magnetic neck closure help keep the chill out
  • "Epic Cotton"; silicone-coated cotton fibres to keep water and wind at bay

Sizes available: XS (UK size 8), S (10), M (12), L (14)

Colour options: Indigo, Sahara

Price: £180 (Pre-orders start 28th August for delivery late September)

More information: Vulpine

[part title='Vulpine women's cotton rain trousers']

VULPINE SS2013

Vulpine haven't left your legs out of the party; enter their women's cotton rain trouser. A smart, chic pair of cycling trousers that wouldn't look out of place in a casual office, down the pub with friends or for leisurely cycle touring on the weekend.

With articulated knees, silicon waist gripper and high cut shape at the rear these trousers were certainly made for cycling! Scotchlite tape is sewn on the seams inside both legs - roll up the hem and you'll reveal the reflective detailing, perfect for additional visibility.

Achieving a comfortable fit for cyclists thighs in trousers is tough. On a first trial, there's no screaming thigh seams, just unrestricted movement - bravo Vulpine, I can feel my credit card starting to worry.

Looks like we’re going to have to update our ‘10 women’s commuter cycling trousers’ article now!

Features not to be missed on Vulpine's women's rain trousers:

  • Breathable, water-resistant "Epic" fabric that sits crisply all day and can cope in storms, light rain and puddles
  • Zipped fly with button waist and belt loops
  • Articulated knees, silicon waist gripper and high rear cut for cycling
  • Button ankle adjuster on chain side (right leg)
  • Reflective seams inside both legs, light loop on rear pocket

Sizes available: XS (UK size 8), S (10), M (12), L (14)

Colour options: Indigo, Sahara

Price: £140 (Pre-orders start 28th August for delivery late September)

More information: Vulpine

[part title='Vulpine women's cotton rain shorts']

VULPINE SS20132

Pulling the women’s cotton rain shorts out of their packing, it’s clear to see the level of design detail that has gone in to them. Beautiful neat stitching, Vulpine emblazoned buttons, neat subtle reflective detailing, darts and seams in all the right places – these guys don’t do anything by half!

The shape-holding “Epic Cotton" fabric is used again, which helps the shorts sit nicely it all the right places. You’re not left sitting on seams, gusset panels are included and cut to prevent any chafing or wear points.

Pockets can often be uncomfortable if situated in the wrong place on shorts, but this doesn’t feel like it will be an issue. We quickly tested the two main pockets and found that a mobile and keys stayed firmly in place, as the pockets are cut high. There’s even a small zipped pocket within a pocket on the left side, and a hidden key carabiner on the right.

Other cycle specific features include silicon waist gripper and high rear cut so you keep everything covered. In terms of leg length, I’m 5’4" so that will give you a good indication on where the shorts may come up to on your legs.

Features not to be missed on Vulpine's women's cotton rain shorts:

  • Breathable, water-resistant "Epic" fabric that sits crisply all day and can cope in storms, light rain and puddles
  • Subtle reflective tape on side seams
  • Silicon waist gripper and high rear cut for cycling, plus button waist tabs to fit the shorts to your size
  • Reflective light look
  • Zip valuables pocket and key carabiner hidden in main pockets

Sizes available: XS (UK size 8), S (10), M (12), L (14)

Colour options: Charcoal, Military Green

Price: £115 (Pre-orders start 28th August for delivery late September)

More information: Vulpine

News just in from Nick, we're set to be inundated with even more Vulpine kit come the Autumn, with softshells, gilets and long sleeve merinos all to be included in the women's range.

Gosh, we're full of exclusives today. Now tease yourself some more and flick through our gallery of the Vulpine range below!