HOY Vulpine clothing launched early this year, offering a range of apparel for performance and leisure cyclists with an understated style and a wallet friendly price tag.
Of course, those who adored the reasonably priced El Toro Bib shorts and Valldemossa Race Jersey will no doubt be looking for kit that will cater for them in the changing British climate, and HOY Vulpine are ready with a wardrobe full of practical, winter ready style.
[related_articles]Probably our favourite thing about HOY Vulpine’s brand is their approach to making women's kit. Every item comes in men’s and women’s fit, with the same fabric and attention to detail, and the same colour scheme. Pink and Shrink does not exist in the universe of Hoy or Hussey (Vulpine's founder).
When we interviewed him in February, Sir Chris told us: “We don’t want to patronise women and say you should be wearing pink shirts, pink shorts and fluffy things. It is about making cycling appeal to everyone, why should it be different? Obviously there are anatomical differences in the bib shorts and different cuts to make sure it fits the shape [of a woman] but it is more about making it appealing to everybody."
The equality of availability continues in the Autumn/Winter range, which includes waterproofs, softshell jackets, as well as arm and leg warmers and causal clothing.
The only exception, we can’t help notice, is the Cortardo Fleece Hoody. This would be a shame, since there’s nothing better than sipping a Cortardo in a café somewhere when it’s too wet to ride. However, if we're honest hoodies are one of those items which we’ve been stealing off our dads, brothers, boyfriends and husbands since the year dot.
Men's fit hoodies are actually pretty perfect for women looking for a cosy-day-jumper and it’s probably about time we bought our own…
HOY Vulpine Women's Long Sleeve Roubaix Jersey
Available in a colour pop Cobalt blue that we love, and a more understated Graphite, this Roubaix jersey offers next to skin comfort and plenty of stretch. We've got one of these in to test, and can confirm it slips on like a glove and the fabric feels plush and premium; we'll get back to you on its performance on the bike but judging by previous garments we've got high hopes.
Hoy Vulpine Randa Women's Randa Softshell Jacket
This outer shell is available in Cobalt Blue and Orion Blue (greyish), and it's wind and rain proof as well as well as placing a heavy focus on the all important breathabilty. Large under arm vents should keep you cool and one of the rear pockets is waterproof and zipped so your Precious (emergency help line/interactive map/ride recorder) stays safe.
HOY Vulpine Women's Portixol Waterproof Jacket
This is a roll-up-able waterproof for the worst of conditions (sorry, they are coming). It uses a lightweight, breathable fabric and has under-arm and shoulder vents, plus a snug fleece collar so you can kid yourself you're cosy when the going gets tough.
Available in red and black, this one is £99.
HOY Vulpine Women's Roubaix Bibs
These Graphite bibs are constructed from a Roubaix fabric that offers insulation and breathability, whilst a pro level CyTech pad means you should be comfy in the saddle. We've got a pair of these in the office and will taking them out for a few spins soon (weather today is looking pretty perfect for it..)
HOY Vulpine Women's Trail Trousers
Vulpine is a brand with a history of catering for commuter cyclists who want to ride and live in their clothing - without the need to change between activities. These 4-way stretch Ribstop fabric trousers can handle mud, tarmac, and that half pint of coffee you insist on throwing down yourself every Monday morning.
HOY Vulpine Men's Cortado Fleece Hoody
The description say's "Men's" but most of us have been ignoring the barbed wire fences and mini-alarms fitted to our men friend's jumper and sock drawers for years, so why stop now?
This hoody is made for cosiness to the max - has a slim fit hood and Coolmax material on the inside which promises to absorb odors if you do actually ride in it.
The range also includes base layers, arm warmers, knee warmers and some additional t-shirts so you can stock up for the winter.