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This updated version of Rapha's Classic not only tweaks design but is also 20 percent cheaper than its original incarnation.
- Highs: Relatively light, fitted, windproof, hydrophobic coating
- Lows: Zip fiddly, initial outlay
- Buy if: You want a lightweight, functional training and racing gilet
Its stretchy fabric provides a fitted flap-free cut and being Rapha has a race fit. Rapha has used more substantial windproof panels on the front and back which do a good job of keeping the elements out. These panels also feature a hydrophobic coating that sees rain bead off during a shower.
The small front zip is reversed to keep drafts at bay but can be fiddly to use with gloves on.
Rapha has added a mesh rear and side panels so there's never an issue with overheating even during hard training intervals.
The rear stash pockets and front zip pocket are a useful addition, and when not in use easily fits into a jersey pocket.
While this lightweight gilet isn't cheap it rides well and delivers high on quality and function.