As I am sure all you readers know, waterproof trousers are an ugly necessity of being a British Cyclist – especially at this time of year when you can be guaranteed a good few soakings! And thankfully, Vulpine have delivered their usual stylish touch to the necessities in their EpicTM Cotton Rain Trousers.
The trousers come in a smart grey colour which will go nicely with any cycling jacket and have smart tailored seams which give them that expensive edge over other waterproof trousers. The seams and tailoring mean they cut into a slim line ankle, perfect for those who are more used to skinny jeans than waterproof sacks. Although I love the tailored fit they give, I tried an XS at first which I could barely get over my leg. The small ended up being the perfect fit for me size wise, however I feel they are a little too baggy in the mid leg area!
Unlike the standard types of waterproof trousers (the unflattering, unfashionable type) you find in the cycling market, they don’t have elastic bottoms. In one aspect this is great as they feel more feminine, on the other hand, it does mean they offer a little less protection from the splash off the road. Something you compromise for added style here.
The Vulpine Cotton Rain Trousers have high cut pockets on the front which are slightly impractical for storing anything in but do add to the style. On the back they have two more pockets, one with a magnetic clasp which you can use for storage. Again, this is another nice touch Vulpine garments often offer – the ease of a magnetic clasp makes the pocket a great place to store your lock key as you can easily grab it out (perfect if the heavens have truly opened!).
The bottom of the trouser leg can be turned up to reveal three reflective strips. As the grey colour does prevent you from being seen in the dark, this is a nice touch. On the flipside, turning up the bottom does allow even more splash back from the surface water on the road.
At £139 the Vulpine Cotton Rain Trousers are priced significantly higher than other waterproofs available. This said, you can feel where you extra money is going with the cotton and style of the product. And, last but by no means least, the material isn’t called Epic for no reason! As with their Soft Shelled jacket, the waterproofing is outstanding! The rain does quite literally run off of them, leaving the material almost dry behind it. So, for once, when you arrive, you don’t look like a total drowned rat!
Price: £139, available from Vulpine.
Pros: Tailored fit. Sleek grey colour. Incredible waterproofing.
Cons: The price. Non-elasticated bottoms – remember to pack a spare pair of socks!
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