Rapha Women’s Classic Winter Gore-Tex jacket review

A premium hardshell winter jacket with a premium performance?

Rapha Women's Classic Winter Gore-Tex Jacket review
(Image: © Mildred Locke)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Cosy, comfortable and performs well, but the pockets are shallow and it’s not cut for curves


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    Excellent wind- and waterproofing

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    Durable fabrics

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    Lots of reflective elements for low-light visibility

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    Relaxed fit for layering underneath

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    Two-way zipper helps to regulate body temperature

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    Double layered cuffs keep the warmth in

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    Plays well with gloves

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    Pockets are easy to access


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    Rear pockets are very shallow

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    The cut isn't very curve-friendly

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    Limited size range

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    Very pricey

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While the sun has been making the occasional appearance here in the UK, we’re still very much in the throes of winter for now. It’s a time of year when we’re still having to pull on our best winter cycling jackets and head out into the cold, so it’s important to have the right tool for the job.

Rapha needs no real introduction these days, as one of the biggest and arguably best cycling clothing brands in the world. It’s known for producing clothing for all weather conditions, and its winter offerings tend to do very well in reviews. So this winter I’ve been testing out the Rapha Women’s Classic Winter Gore-Tex Jacket, to see how well it performs against the best women’s winter cycling jackets. While it’s not marketed as fully waterproof, I’ve also considered whether it deserves a spot on our list of the best women’s waterproof cycling jackets, because the very fact that it’s made from Gore-Tex Infinium fabric suggests it might. Read on to find out how it went.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike