Clothing

REVIEW: Vulpine Thermal Storm Cap Recommended

by Nick Gregory

GB Flag
Price £35.00
Size Medium
Colour Black and Green
It really is an incredible piece of kit. The only fault I could possibly find is that the cap does such a brilliant job you might end up getting TOO warm. Sure, it's not cheap, but in this case you really do get what you pay for.

Launched almost exactly three years ago, London-based high-end cycling apparel company, Vulpine have taken the market by storm. Founded by ex-racing cyclist and film producer, Nick Hussey, Vulpine combine technical fabrics with subtle British elegance to create "stylish apparel you can wear for life on and off the bike." 

2015 represents a landmark year for the company as they have recently launched HOY Vulpine in conjunction with Britain's most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy.

The aim of the venture is to provide greater quality, comfort and style to classic cycling clothing at an accessible price point. Hoy himself has been involved in the development of the range at all points, and Vulpine is already planning to extend the collection to include Autumn/ Winter and kid's apparel.

Vulpine in Bergen, Norway - Autumn Winter 2014 from Vulpine on Vimeo.

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And it is to the more meteorologically hostile seasons that this review turns its attention... 

The original Vulpine Storm Cap - a classic cycling cap packed full of clever added extras such as showerproof quick-drying fabric - proved an instant hit when it was first released. 

Knowing that cyclists are a hardy bunch though, the smart folks at Vulpine realised there was a need for a more extreme weather-friendly version of the cap, suitable for use when the conditions are more 'Captain Robert Scott' than 'Robert Millar'. And so the Thermal Storm Cap was born. 

Suitable for all types of cycling in 'Cool to Extreme Cold' conditions, it takes the best parts of the original cap and adds to it some winter-proofing - Vulpine claim it's effective down to -10c. Note: I'll concede now, in case you feel it compromises the journalistic integrity of this review and wish not to read on, I did not test it to -10c. 

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However, not only is it wonderfully warm, it's also incredibly comfortable. The quick-drying fleece lining extends down to the top of your neck and over the ears. Should you need or want to though, both these additional panels can be folded up. 

Furthermore, the fleece lining is lightly elasticated, meaning that despite all this added insulation the cap still fits snugly under your helmet. Like all traditional cycling caps, the peak on this one is foldable - however, the tough triple stitching makes it rather stiff. 

Thoughtfully, all care instructions printed on the inside, so even the most domestically inept such as myself can't ruin it. The design and colour scheme is in keeping with the company's ethos: stylish, iconic and yet typically understated. Size wise, there are three options - Small (less than 57cm), Medium (57cm-61cm) and Large (greater than 61cm). 

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For those who ride sans-helmet, Vulpine have added a reflective centre strip for low-light or night riding. The water resistant outer fabric provides extra weather proofing and wind resistance. No, it's not 100 per cent waterproof, but unless you plan on going scuba diving in it you'll struggle to notice even the heaviest rain showers penetrating through. It really is an incredible piece of kit. 

The only fault I could possibly find is that the cap does such a brilliant job you might end up getting TOO warm. Sure, it's not cheap, but in this case you really do get what you pay for. Also, if you've ever had the misfortune of enduring a rain and snow-lashed six hour ride in January, as frostbite and hypothermia gradually consume what little remains of your soul, you'll know £35 is an absolute steal. 

Finally, although you won't find it listed on the Vulpine website as an advertised benefit of the cap, this reviewer also found it extremely adept at keeping one's head warm during sub-zero strolls home from the pub over Christmas... Who says it's all about the bike?

For more information on this and all other Vulpine and HOY Vulpine products visit www.vulpine.cc.





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