Made from a high quality, lightweight stretch cotton poplin fabric, they have the casual looks of a pair of more fashion orientated capris, but are designed to be breathable and stretchy enough for comfortable cycling.
It's not only the fabric that Vulpine have used that has a more active lifestyle in mind, but the shape and features too. There are two generous zipped side pockets, two rear button up pockets and loops for a belt. Inside, the seams are lined to maximise comfort and the gusset is diamond shaped to help avoid chafing when cycling.
I found the shape absolutely spot on. A nicely raised rear waistband prevents unsightly 'cyclist's bum' moments, the cut is flattering to all shapes and sizes, even the sturdier of thigh, and they're a good length, finishing just below the knee. The zipped side pockets kept the lines clean at the hips, and although I probably wouldn't often use the rear button pockets, they do add to the style of the shorts. I loved the colour choices of bright blue or navy too.
These were genuinely comfortable on and off the bike, and with or without liner shorts they did a brilliant job at achieving quite a difficult task. The fabric has just the right amount of stretch for even quite sporty riding to not feel a chore, yet they don't scream out cycling shorts when you get to your destination.
Vulpine suggest trying their own merino padded boxers as a liner option to go with these, but any liner would do. I found a belt a good option, but they work fine without too. I'd certainly put these on my touring kit list, and they'd be great for cycling holidays with walking days too.
Good quality, well-shaped and genuinely stylish capri shorts that work just as well on the bike as off
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Make and model: Vulpine Women's Summer Capri
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"A classically styled lightweight tailored capri, with subtle cycling details that work.
For 2015 we have made our Summer Shorts more flattering and feminine with a supremely comfortable 3/4 length knee. We've added greater stretch for comfort across life and cycling. These are perfect not just for cycling, hiking and sundowners on posh holidays.
There's secure storage with two zipped front and two buttoned rear pockets. The waist is cut higher at the back, so nobody sees anything more than they should. The seams are lined for extra against-skin comfort and our diamond gusset prevents a harsh ride sitting on seams.
Wear these in the warmer months for lightweight breathable comfort in the heat or on mild days. Designed as much for the open country road as a meeting room or Madrid tapas joint."
Do just what they are supposed to.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made from 98% cotton/2% elastane lightweight poplin fabric with 4 way stretch
2 zipped side pockets
2 button rear pockets
Hidden diamond gusset to avoid seam/saddle interaction
Second internal fly button for strength
Taped and bound seams for comfort
Available in sizes XS-XL
Rate the product for quality of construction:
Superbly made and really high quality components and fabrics.
Rate the product for performance:
Performed really very well for casually styled riding shorts.
Rate the product for durability:
Should last very well as the fabric is high quality cotton and quite tough.
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
Surprisingly lightweight for cycling capris.
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
Very comfortable on the bike, even for medium length rides. Great off the bike too.
Rate the product for value:
Very good value as they are so versatile. Can be worn for cycling, walking or just bimbling about. Look like they will last well too so a safe long-term investment.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Shape, stretch in fabric, sleek zipped side pockets, on-bike comfort.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Very much
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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Very well designed and with all the features you could want from stylish casual summer riding capris.
Age: 42 Height: 1.65m Weight: 73kg
I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking
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