let's face it, there are times when a common dress sense is, if not obligatory, at least sartorially desirable. aside from the common or garden, work-related need, there can be public performance to be considered. though we have hopefully moved on from the boy band syndrome, making a favourable impression upon one's audience can be more than half the battle before even a single note has been played.
recently constituted as the islay jazz quartet (having decided that the lack of an old islay jazz quartet meant that appending the word new to the above would be potentially redundant) means that even to the regular islay jazz festival concert-goers, we'd be something of an unknown quantity. appearing in a fashion that would present something of a jazz-inflected gestalt was thus discussed a matter of days prior to our first public performance.
in the finest, yet questionable tradition of the graphics industry, we had unilaterally adopted a black demeanour; shirts and trousers, or in the case of our female saxophonist, a black dress. i had unequivocally agreed to this, but that was prior to the arrival of a pair of vulpine's excellent urban cycling jeans, a garment which excused itself from the pre-agreed uniform by dint of a natural blue denim colour.
however, leveraging one of the advantages attached to being a drummer, i figured few in the audience would catch sight of my lower half while it indulged in the percussive co-ordination demanded by a bass drum pedal and that of the hi-hat. embarrassingly, i had forgotten that, as the group's denoted leader the responsibility for vocally berating the audience between numbers fell squarely on my own shoulders. or rather, that of my new denims.
i doubt that it's passing on an untold secret to inform you that i'm pretty sure no-one noticed. in fact, i have serious doubts that my sartorial discrepancy had even occurred to the other members of the band. no-one ever notices the drummer.
what, you might ask, has any of this to do with cycling? well, tenuously, to play a drumset it is necessary to sit astride a (larger) saddle-styled throne with both feet on a pair of pedals. believe me, for gigs longer than an hour, the absence of that seam in close proximity to one's nether regions is most welcome.
for those that are even remotely interested, the gig was a great success, thank you for asking.
vulpine's jeans feature two deep front pockets and a smaller drum-key sized pocket above the right-hand pocket. there are also two, decent sized rear pockets. if i have any criticism, it would be over the button-fly; nice originality in a sense, but a bit of a faff that, in these days of perfectly adequate zips, is really a tad anachronistic. it's a style feature known only to the wearer and thus ever so slightly redundant, however functional it might actually be.
you would, however, think far less of me if the above were the total extent of my product review. and i would not disagree with you one whit. but fear not, for i am well aware of my obligations in this respect and thus made sure that a later velocipedinal perambulations to watch and listen to my jazz betters, featured those very denim jeans astride a brooks b66 leather saddle. in those instances, they were accompanied by a very fine pair of vulpine merino boxer shorts, featuring a thin and almost inconspicuous cytech pad, alleviating any discomfort that may have sneaked in while i wasn't looking.
this is, to place not too fine a point on it, the ultimate combination for the less ostentatious amongst us. let's face it, a brooks b66 and a sturmey archer three-speed are scarcely fine bedfellows for a race-fit jersey and even a quality pair of racing bibshorts. the boxers, constructed of 100% superfine merino wool, feel as if they aren't there at all. the jeans come in a variety of sizes; my 30" waist resulted in being sent the medium/regular size, offering a range between 30" - 32". according to vulpine, the small-size ought better to fit 28"-30" which may or may not have been a smidgeon on the tight side for yours truly. i'd to wear a belt with the review pair. no hardship, mind.
the relaxed fit is quite excellent, meaning that even uphill exertions are coped with admirably and no loss of circulation to any moving parts was observed. yet even immediately after dismounting, i was still prone to appearing, as my late father would have said, respectable. obviously enough, there is no compulsion to purchase both jeans and boxers; if that's not the way you roll, who's to criticise? but if you're open to persuasion, i'd place both in your online sales basket. the jeans are a most amenable £120 augmented by £50 for the boxers. that's hardly an ominous amount to pay if you want combine your jazz with unremitting velocipedinal activity.
vulpine's urban jeans are available in standard indigo denim in sizes xxs to xxl with long and regular versions available in each size. the extra fine merino padded boxers can be had in racing red, black or grey. sizing is xs to xxl.
monday 12 september 2016..........................................................................................................................................................................................................