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Rapha Winter jersey

rapha winter jersey

Rapha’s latest garment in their ever-expanding range is the Winter jersey, a long sleeve item at home as a mid-layer or, when it’s cold and clear a top layer. Pop a base layer underneath and a waterproof shell in one of the three rear pockets and you’ve got the perfect winter setup for current British conditions.

Merino wool has made welcome inroads into many items of clothing over the past few years. It’s a lovely material, soft and warm: perfect for cycling. Rapha are a fan of Sportwool – 26% merino wool, 70% polyester and 4% Elastane – and it’s not hard to see why: you get the best of both worlds; the high performance of polyester with the added comfort of merino.

We’ve been wearing the Winter jersey on a number of rides and in range of different conditions, and it’s proved to be a valuable item. Its beauty is the sheer warmth it provides. And if it gets a little stuffy inside, two long zipped vents with mesh lining open up the chest to tons of cool air. With a light windproof shell over the top we’ve found the right setup for when it’s really cold, much like it is right now then.

As we’ve come to expect from Rapha, there’s some great features and fantastic attention to detail in this latest garment. The shape and fit is great, it contours to your body and is very snug. There’s a dropped tail out back, and the front is slightly higher than normal so you don’t get that annoying excess material rumpling up when you’re on the drops. The tall fronted collar means more of your neck gets covered, particularly, again, when you’re on the drops, and a small piece of material covers the cold metal of the lock-down zip. Finally, the cuffs are cut longer on the tops of the arms so they slightly extend over the top of your hands. A nice touch. Three deep pockets will carry more than you’d dare to take with you, and one is zipped for storing valuable items – like your mid-ride cake perhaps…

Verdict

Getting your clothing spot on through the winter is something of an art. There’s many different approaches, and everyone has their own take on winter clothing and layering. One day someone will invent a magical one layer that will perfectly regulate your temperature in all conditions. But until then, the Winter jersey offers the perfect layer for the British winter.


good Stylish, extremely comfortable, must have addition to your wardrobe, well designed cut and fit, looks good off the bike too

bad None really, needs care when washing – can’t be machined washed with all your other clothing

performance 10

value 9

overall 9


Additional Information

  • Price: £125
  • Colours: Black
  • Sizes: XS to XXL
  • Contact: Rapha 0207 485 5000
  • Website: Rapha.cc

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    We like a bit of pink

    Chest vent ports

    Those angled cuffs
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