Rapha Core Rain Jacket review: Stylish and well made, but the fabric performance doesn't match the premium aesthetic

Stylish and well cut, but a little clammy if you’re a rider who runs hot

A yellow rapha core waterproof jacket
(Image: © Will Jones)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Styling and comfortable, and at a good price. Not for the sweaty among us though, as it's not the most breathable


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    Looks good

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    Fits well

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    Solidly waterproof


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    Quite clammy during high output efforts

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When it comes to wet weather, particularly in the winter, you have a few options. You could do the cycling equivalent of hibernating and just go and ride Zwift in your shed (no, not your ‘pain cave’, please), but this isn’t for me. You could commit to riding the same amount as usual, come rain or shine, and kit yourself out with one of the absolute best waterproof cycling jackets money can buy, along with some of the best bike lights. Alternatively, as our Buddhist readership will no doubt be ahead of me on, the ideal may be The Middle Way. 

You may not want to hear this, but if you don’t regularly ride in the rain then you probably don’t need the absolute best in terms of waterproofing and breathability. When the time comes to ride in foul weather, having a top-tier shell will certainly make life more comfortable, but if it sits in the cupboard for most of the year then it’s money wasted.

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Testing scorecard and notes
FitFor this price point its the most considered and premium cut of the bunch9/10
ProtectionHeavy rain isn't going to be an issue, though it's not on a par with premium options8/10
FeaturesMarked down for a single ended, sticky zip, and no pockets or access to jersey pockets7/10
BreathabilityIt's a clammy jacket if you run hot, there's no escaping that7/10
ValueI think for the cut, comfort, and protection it offers the price is spot on8/10
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 78%

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Will Jones
Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. There are very few types of cycling he's not dabbled in, and he has a particular affection for older bikes and long lasting components. Road riding was his first love, before graduating to racing CX in Yorkshire. He's been touring on a vintage tandem all the way through to fixed gear gravel riding and MTB too. When he's not out riding one of his many bikes he can usually be found in the garage tinkering with another of them, or getting obsessive about tyres. Also, as he doesn't use Zwift, he's our go-to guy for bad weather testing... bless him.

Rides: Custom Zetland Audax, Bowman Palace:R, Peugeot Grand Tourisme Tandem, Falcon Explorer Tracklocross, Fairlight Secan & Strael