The new merino women’s cycling top from Vulpine (below) is a stylish alternative for women who ride that’s designed to be worn on or off your bike.
Lovely top worn by lovely model. Photo: Paul Mitchell
Here’s a confession: I’ve hate most women’s mountain bike clothing. This is an opinion I tend to keep to myself because it’s already hard to be taken seriously in a mostly male sport. Getting my padded knickers in a twist because I can’t decide what to wear for my next Strava session is unlikely to help.
The problem is that most women’s cycling ranges can be summed up as a bright pink re-cut of the mens’ top. It’s either that or an after-thought that looks as though its been designed by someone who’s never actually met a woman, but thinks they might quite like wearing swirls. I wouldn’t wear a skin-tight pink top with a floral motif when I’m off my bike – so why would I want to ride in one?
Thankfully there are a few emerging brands that make being bothered about what you look like on your bike an okay thing. Vulpine is a new British brand who make stylish technical apparel for cyclists. To be honest they target the smart ‘cyclopolitan’ world of Shoreditch more than the muddy ditch that is mountain biking, but this button top above certainly has no problem crossing over.
For a start its made of high grade merino, which is the greatest fabric to cycle in, ever. Merino is stretchy, soft and hydrophilic, which means it will keep you cool when its hot and toasty when its cold. Its also naturally odour-resistant so, mud permitting, you don’t have to wash it very often. By which I mean not for weeks, even if you ride hard.
It’s cut for women, is long at the back for cycling and features three low rear pockets (positioned to allow for a Camelback or backpack) and a small reflective band. There’s also a silicon waist gripper to stop the top from riding up. Cleverly, these details are subtle enough to allow you to wear this top when you’re not on your bike, lending a ‘does she cycle or not?’ intrigue that will give folk something to think about as you queue for your weekend latte or walk the dog.
And it’s not pink.
£75 Available in black or blue, sizes 8 – 16, on line here