Rapha Brevet Jersey review

Hardwearing, comfy and with enough storage for a weekly food shop

A yellow jersey hands inside a greenhouse
(Image: © Will Jones)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A brilliant option for bith long-distance and multi-day riding


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    Extremely comfortable

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    Tonnes of storage space

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    Hardwearing materials


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    Can get stinky

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    Arm hems a little tight

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Pack light, travel far” has been the strapline for the brevet collection from Rapha for some time, a collection that includes bib shorts, jackets, gilets, hoodies, an insulated mug, and several jerseys. This one, the Rapha Brevet Jersey is one of the first items the brand released with the aim of servicing the long-distance cycling community, and set the trend for the rest of the collection regarding additional storage, reflective detailing, and a focus on comfort over aero. 

This is my second Brevet jersey too, my first back in 2015 lasting a good few years before it met an unfortunate end at the hands of a too-hot iron. This one I wore for four days straight on a disastrous bike tour through France (no fault of the jersey, I should add). It saw frosty, foggy mornings, 12hr days in the saddle, midday heat, and enough pastries to make even the most unflappable boulangier blush. How did it fare, then? Does it deserve a spot in our list of the best cycling jerseys, or is it style over substance? 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aestheticsI think it's the best looking of Rapha's good looking range, with plenty of classy details and a great colour palette 10/10
Thermal managementSurprisingly adept across a wide range of temperatures, but struggles in high heat8/10
StorageYou'll struggle to find a jersey that can pack more in, but it can twist about when heavily laden9/10
Comfort and fitThe fit is only let down by tight arms, but you'll need a base later to avoid itchy bits8/10
ValueConsidering the performance and durability it represents very good value, but it's still at the upper end of the Rapha range8/10
OverallRow 5 - Cell 1 86

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.