Rapha Classic Gilet II review

Lightweight, windproof protection

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

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. 

Full Specifications

BikeRadar verdict - 4.5/5
"Good fit and material make for a top performing gilet" 


  • Name: Classic Gilet II
  • Built by: Rapha
  • Price: £100.00
  • Windproof: Yes
  • Weight: 75g (Size S)
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Colours: Black, Blue, Chartreuse


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