Vulpine's Disc jacket is ultra-light and ultra-packable, but does it do the biz when the mercury drops?
Vulpine is very much a brand on the ascendancy and with its collaboration with Sir Chris Hoy and its successful fund raining at the end of 2015 that looks likely to continue.
The Disc is its ultra-light windshell jacket and weighing just 80 grams and small enough to fit into half a jersey pocket, it’s a piece which you can easily take with you against all eventualities if the weather looks anything but settled. it packs up into its own zipable pocket, so it’s just a matter of unzipping and unfurling for it to be ready to put on.
It’s also good for early starts when it can be a bit chilly, as it’s windproof, there’s a high collar and the elastic around the bottom hem keeps it in place well. There’s also good length for rear end coverage and the arm length means that it is not tight across the shoulders. It’s not loose either, so there is not much wind flap, which can be a bugbear with ultra-light jackets.
The Disc is made from Schoeller Nanosphere technical fabric, which gives it its light weight and also a degree of water resistance, although a serious shower will get through. It doesn’t tend to steam up inside either, helped by diamond-shaped slits under the armpits to ensure a bit of extra ventilation.
So it’s a jacket which you can comfortably wear all day. But if you do decide to undo the zip or take it off, you come across the Disc’s few drawbacks: since the zip is short there is limited potential for ventilation. And to take the jacket off you really need to stop and remove your helmet first as there’s limited clearance.
A really compact jacket that’s great to have along for cold starts and if there’s a threat of showers