Rapha have just re-launched their Bomber Jacket or winter 2010/11 in a new colour, the technical urban model now coming in charcoal grey.
This breathable jacket started life as the Fixed but was updated and renamed last year. It comes with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish that resists stains as well as rain and road spray, and the front panels are lined with a brushed polyester for extra protection from the wind. The shoulder panels are made from soft-touch Cordura so they should stand up to any rubbing from your bag straps without any trouble.
The Bomber Jacket is aimed at town/city riders and is intended for use off the bike too. It doesn’t look especially cycle-specific to the untrained eye but articulated shoulders provide extra reach, the wide, ribbed waist is designed to avoid any riding up as you pedal, and you get reflective strips both front and rear. There are several pockets for stashing all your stuff away too, including a zipped one on the right forearm that includes a key lanyard and clip.
The Bomber Jacket costs £210 from www.rapha.cc. We got our test one this morning, so we’ll report back with our verdict as soon as we’ve given it a thorough test.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.