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Ben Delaney
Rapha winter wear: Much of the winter line uses Sportwool, a 52% merino/48% polyester blend

Rapha winter wear: Much of the winter line uses Sportwool, a 52% merino/48% polyester blend

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This article originally published on BikeRadar

For the 2013/2014 winter season, Rapha expanded its range of luxury jerseys and jackets. With heavy doses of the tried-and-true Sportwool — a merino/polyester blend — plus an influx of breathable but windproof fabrics like a Polartec custom softshell, the Rapha winter line has many options for staying warm and looking good on the bike.

Rapha has no less than 19 jackets, ranging from light rain shells and hardshells to off-the-bike jackets and even a suit jacket. While the high-zoot pieces — for example, the $450/£300 Rapha & Raeburn wind jacket made from used parachutes — continue to draw attention, it's the jersey/jacket 'tweener options that caught our interest. The Pro Team Jacket, in particular, looks and feels very much like a midweight long sleeve jersey, but with a highly breathable windproof membrane on the arms and chest. And the Winter Jacket is an even more robust version, with two long chest vents zips on the front and one horizontal vent on the back. On both jackets, the fit and feel is much more soft, fitted jersey than flappy, overdone jacket.

Much of the long sleeve jersey selection is made of Sportwool, a 52% merino, 48% polyester blend that offers some of the insulation and odor-resistance of the sheep's coat without the fussy care required for all-wool jerseys. The fabric is soft and comfortable, but not as light and stretchy as a standard, modern long sleeve jersey. The country jerseys, made of in Sportwool, also have just a partial zip, opting for a certain aesthetic over full function. Each of the country jerseys — Norway, Holland and the United States — also have matching winter hats. Note that the one-size-fits most caps fit on the smaller size; riders who wear Large helmets will likely find them uncomfortably tight.

BikeRadar will be reviewing a few of the pieces in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the photo gallery at above right.

What would Rapha be without the little stories stitched into the pocket?

What would Rapha be without the little stories stitched into the pocket?

go crazy More than 1 year ago
$450 cycling jacket. That is so freaking ridiculous. Cyclingnews is correct...it drew my attention, and my laughter!
mr. tibbs More than 1 year ago
Absolutely my thoughts. Who buys this stuff? Thanks for the marketing puff piece, CN. I think these "articles" would be much more journalistically sound if you indicated the absurdity of such expensive wheelsets, shoes, frames, and tuxedo cycling jackets. Or at least publish corresponding articles highlighting reasonably priced, yet still quality, equipment for the more budget-minded cyclist. For example, I've noticed some changes in the Sora shift levers on 2013 model bikes. It's not as sexy as the all the zany new "innovations" being birthed annually by the industry, but understanding the pros and cons of a redesign of one of the most common groups on the market could actually impact many more buying decisions.
DjangoFurioso More than 1 year ago
Seriously.
DAVE P More than 1 year ago
Yep way overpriced, mind you their target audience are posers so they will anything if it's trendy.
Silver Bullet More than 1 year ago
we are spelled poseurs you farkin pleb
tommy_nickels More than 1 year ago
I am surprised that Rapha gear is made in China. I assumed it was handmade in England, for the price they are asking.
Matt Cartwright More than 1 year ago
Before you get your bib knickers in a twist, here we go again, please remember - what's expensive to you is not always so for others and just because you can't afford it doesn't mean it’s rubbish. Rapha's Pro Team Kit is fantastic, the pro team jacket and Thermal Shorts might just be the best two items of cycling kit you can own. They do good work and charge accordingly, is that not what successful companies do? Also saying someone is a 'poser' because they ride a better bike than you, wear more expensive kit or drive a better car for that matter is dumb and says as much about you as it does they guys you are hoping to offend. You think they care?
Robert Harper More than 1 year ago
Matt, You're exactly right, how can someone moan because they think something is too expensive! If that attitude was true throughout amateur cycling then everyone should buy a £500 bike that would be suitable for almost every scenario. Keep moaning, enjoy your flat pedals and mountain bike shorts.........I'll be wearing Rapha!
FabiquesAnquetillara More than 1 year ago
I agree with your point that b*****g about price is silly. From Rapha's point of view (only one that really matter) it is not overpriced if it sells and if it finds its customers which it obvoisly does, otherwise they would not be offering it. That is simple. On the other hand (I do not have any Rapha clothing, it is way to "fat" in cut for me - what I tried on) is it twice as good as e.g italian stuff (Nalini, Giordana, Sportful, Santini? - which most of these is "made in italy" not "china" - it matters to me, I like to support local (European) labour and local work and craftmanship). I mean really? is it twice as good? twice as nice? To me (and personal taste is just personal) Rapha looks dull and boring. What makes you decide to buy Rapha? (I am just curious about your decision - no judging, no labeling here).
Brian Handy More than 1 year ago
I've got bib shorts by Rapha, Assos, Castelli, Pearl, Bontrager and Giordana. My rapha bib shorts are BY FAR the most comfortable out of them all. Likewise, I much prefer my rapha tights to my Pearl Gavia tights or Castelli Sorpassos.
Matt Cartwright More than 1 year ago
One man’s dull and boring is another man’s understated and stylish. I personally buy Rapha kit for the look - which I like - and the quality, in this aspect I think it wins hands down over the suppliers you have mentioned. I have had jackets from Castelli, MOA, Giordana and ASSOS, after just a few washes they begin to look old and worn out. I ride all year round and the Rapha kit always washes up perfect time and looks great each time, for me that's worth paying for. I like to support a British company and it's great to see them doing so well around the world and in the pro tour.
simple simon More than 1 year ago
It is over priced. You can get just as aesthetically stylish and more durbale/breathable merino based clothing from places like New Zealand (eg; Ice Breaker) or solocc. This stuff is over the top and yes I can afford to buy it. In fact check-out wiggle solo equipe long sleeve. I figure if cyclingnews is going to do a free advertorial for Rapha you should all know there are just as good, if not better, alternatives out there...cheers.
theshiznizzler More than 1 year ago
Rapha is worn by fat people.
Silver Bullet More than 1 year ago
very true. the proof is: at least in my local rapha shop, they are trying desperately to change that image by offering a 50% discount on your 2nd purchase if it is a size smaller than your first. i am not joking.
runninboy More than 1 year ago
Personally I would never be caught dead in this stuff. I fly into Milano and have all my cycling kit bespoke tailored by Giorgio...
sibex9591 More than 1 year ago
I will admit that the price of this stuff is high, but then, so is Assos, and between the two of them, I don't think there is better stuff manufactured anywhere. I would love to be able to afford some of these things, but I just can't bring myself to pull the trigger. I think Rapha has the right idea, and if you can't afford the stuff, then don't knock the product. Go to Rapha and watch any of their videos, and you will see that this company is serious about their product, and putting their product where it does the most good. Viva Rapha!
go crazy More than 1 year ago
Rapha gear is akin to the people I see EVERY season at the ski resort with the brand new, most trendy ski outfits. Skiing is the ultimate sport in terms of the number of posers, and almost without exception, these people with the bright and shiny outfits are some of the worst, most clueless skiers on the mountain. And in MY experience, the guys wearing the Rapha kits (I don't see so much Assos...that is even more ridiculously priced) are the biggest posers. Dudes wearing their $1000 kit riding their $8000 Colnagos are usually the slowest. There is nothing wrong with spending money on whatever you want, but I'm just telling you that most other riders laugh at that stuff (and you), especially considering how slow most of them ride. No need to get fully kitted out to roll 5 miles to the coffee shop then ride the MUP.
Matt Cartwright More than 1 year ago
We were out only a few weeks back and got well and truly dropped by a guy wearing full Rapha kit, oh the shame, only we didn't laugh at him like you would have. As right away we knew it was Kristian House and he's a bit good. Not sure if he was on a 5 mile coffee ride or not.
aeromono More than 1 year ago
he gets it for free and HAS to ride it, pro cyclists (and cycling journalists) wear free stuff, big surprise.
ycpjoh More than 1 year ago
What a load of garbage that people wearing Rapha gear are fat, slow, poseurs riding bikes that are too good for them. I can only assume the people writing this are of a similar type, so that's who they see. On my local club ride (in south London) there will as always be a mix of kit but a fair amount of Rapha among the 'A' group and racing riders. I'm pretty sure most of them would more than hold their own against anyone here, and they aren't bringing up the BMI average either. If you like it and can afford it then ride it... if you don't or can't then what's the point in sharing a useless opinion.
boombastic More than 1 year ago
spot on. and i'm skinnt :D

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