Written by Toby Orton.
The Vulpine Harrington Rain jacket is a high quality, style classic that will keep out the wind and the wet.
What they say: The Harrington Rain Jacket is a tailored, rain-resistant outer garment based on the British Mod classic design. Designed for year-round wear, it is ideal for commuting and urban riding.
What it is: Vulpine have made a name for themselves for their combination of functionality and fashion, a balance they strike perfectly with the Harrington Rain Jacket. This is Vulpine’s best selling jacket and having ridden it through a cold, wet winter you can see why.
Styled on the classic Harrington shape, there is plenty to like about the heritage-inspired design. Cut low at the back, the front doesn’t ride t the extent of some race-specific jackets, which appeals for use off the bike. Where ‘scrunching’ can be a problem for some rain jackets, the Harrington’s detailed construction and buttoned waist adjusters keeps the fit flat to the body when bent over the bars. Built from ‘Epic Cotton’ – a combination of silicone-coated fibres – Vulpine claim that their jacket is rain-resistant, windproof and breathable. Having endured heavy showers and come out almost completely dry and ridden in howling wind and felt cocooned, the only issue is with breathability. It’s a struggle to find negatives but the rear shoulder vents couldn’t prevent some significant moisture buildup on long commutes.
The jacket comes with all the astute functional features people have come to expect from Vulpine. The rear pocket’s magnetic fastening is great for easy access on the move, the two zipped and fleece-lined waterproof pockets on the front are big enough for phone, gloves and a few energy bars (or fig rolls, if you prefer) and the long fleece cuffs and high, magnetic, draught-excluding collar did all the draught-excluding required.
Who it’s good for: The Vulpine Harrington Rain Jacket excels in both off the bike style and on the bike functionality. Designed with no shortage of attention to detail, as a multi-use, all-weather city jacket, it is one of the best fits around.