HOY Vulpine launches ‘modular’ autumn/winter 2016 range, for changeable British conditions
Range covers every stop throughout autumn and winter, with layering garments and reflectivity top of the agenda
HOY Vulpine have launched a new autumn/winter 2016 range, designed to be as flexible as possible in the changeable conditions of the two seasons in Britain.
By taking a ‘modular’ approach, the brand – a collaboration between Sir Chris Hoy and British apparel specialists Vulpine – hope to provide options for use through to the end of winter.
Focused on layering garments, and also offering a high level of reflectivity, the AW16 Modular Range was tested on the Col de la Bonette, one of the highest mountain roads in the French Alps, well known for its changeable conditions.
From the long-sleeved Senko Jersey and packable Signal Gilet for warmer days, to the Fortress jersey – crafted from thicker water resistant fabric and provided with arm warmers as standard – HOY Vulpine hopes to help riders through the shoulder seasons.
And when the temperature drops, the fleece Roubaix Jersey and thermal Roubaix Bib Shorts come into their own, alongside the Randa Soft-Shell Jacket, while the Beacon Jacket is built to withstand the worst the winter weather can throw at you.
Thermal Bib Shorts, a Storm Cap, Softshell Gloves, the Portixol Waterproof Jacket and a seamless base layer complete the full range.
Sir Chris Hoy said of the range: “We all know that autumn and winter seasons in Britain can be challenging and unpredictable.
“Throughout my riding, I’ve always taken the approach of layering up in the colder months; having key items of kit that stay with me and are added to as the temperature drops.
“Me and Nick [Hussey] share the same principles in this respect, but we knew there were so many improvements that could be made in this area, so I’ve worked with Vulpine to design a brand new Modular range for autumn/winter that we’re both really proud of.”
HOY Vulpine bids to create kit for ‘real world riding’ and the Signal Gilet, available in graphite or mandarin colour for £110, is one such example of their innovation.
Nick Hussey, Vulpine CEO, explains: “Neon, reflective, tough, warm, ventilated, to survive hours of riding in driving sleet. We couldn’t find this kit, so we made it.”
The Fortress Jersey, meanwhile, is constructed from fleece-lined softshell fabric and also boasts a highly water-resistant outer shell, alongside large reflective panels. The panels have also been perforated to boost breathability, without impacting upon the water resistance. Yours for £140, with arm warmers.
“A lot of Autumn weather riding is about adaptability,” Hussey says. “It may be a cold start, warming up, with rain showers, wind, the lot.
“So we created further outfitting modules such as our gorgeous Fortress Jersey, which come with arm warmers as standard. This is also covered in reflectivity, in case the skies fall in. We thought about, discussed, tested and re-tested this to worrying levels of obsession.”
When the mercury drops, the Roubaix Bib Tights will see plenty of use too – boasting a market-leading CyTech pad, the tights are also sans zips and foot loops to make for a more comfortable fit.
And the Beacon Waterproof Jacket (£160), crafted from a tough, three-layed neon yellow/grey ripstop fabric, is also for the worst of the weather.
The fluoro colour scheme is further boosted by large, reflective solder and rear panels, while the jacket is rated 15K waterproof and breathable – thanks in no small part to its large, dorsal vents.
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