Rapha reveal new autumn/winter clothing range

New Hardshell waterproof jacket, Lombardia jersey, more accessories and new high-visibility clothing

by David Arthur @davearthur   September 10, 2012  

There's no denying it, it's 'that' time of year when the temperature starts dropping and the evenings are drawing in. And just as I'm starting to dig some warmer clothing out of the wardrobe for the colder mornings, London-based clothing brand Rapha have revealed details of their new autumn/winter range.

What can you expect from Rapha this winter then? The highlights include an emphasis on proprietary fabrics, increased visibility and new colours with a bigger range of accessories and updated tops, shorts and base layers.

First up is the new Hardshell Jacket (£240), a brand new addition to Rapha's Training and Racing range. They've developed their own fabric which they claim offers “absolute protection against the elements” with a fully waterproof and windproof design. It's Rapha's first every fully waterproof jacket and uses a laminate membrane in the fabric, which was developed in Japan. The feature-set has been kept to a minimum so you just get three rear pockets, a full-length zip and reflective logos. Choose from navy, dark red and chartreuse colours.

Chartreuse is apparently the colour the eye can see at the lowest light levels. Various seams are taped with reflective material and the logo is reflective, so if it’s pitch black headlights would pick up these clearly.

The new Transfer Jacket (£190) is intended to be a warm insulating top to wear when you're travelling to a race or sportive, when you're waiting around in the car park before the start or packing the bike away in the car after a hard ride. Using a Primaloft ONE synthetic down, it's lightweight and has Thermoroubaix side panels/cuffs and two front pockets. It's compact enough to pack away into a back pocket. Available in early October and in two colours (black with pink detail / navy with chartreuse detail).

Based on the Winter Collar (one of my personal favourite Rapha items) the Deep Winter Collar (£40) is, as the name suggests, ready for the coldest of cold days. A heavier weight Merino is used and is has two sections, so it can easily be pulled over the face, and it's deeper at the front as well.

Rapha's base layers are among the company's most popular products and the new Winter Base Layer (£80) features a longer roll neck to stop chilly cold air sneaking inside. Combine with the Deep Winter Collar for the ultimate protection.

Another of Rapha's best-selling products is the Winter Jersey (£160). For the new season the rear pockets have been tweaked to make them more usable as well as increasing their capacity. Choose from a dark red with white detail or a new black.

The Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts have been updated with an improved fit, using the same Cytech chamois as the Classic Bibs. The fabric has been improved as well with a Thermoroubaix fleece lining and longer short length.

The new Deep Winter Hat (£50) is based on the Belgian-styled Knitted Hat. It's lined with soft merino wool with breathable side and rear panel, and a windproof and water-resistant front panel and peak. The eyewear arm loops are neat.

See any pro rider training during the winter and chances are they'll be wearing a hat very much like Rapha's new Merino Drawcord Hat (£30). It's a versatile garment, can be worn as a collar or hat, and the breathable and insulating fabric is available in three colours (black with pink stripe / chartreuse with black stripe / cream with candy stripe (Rapha-FOCUS version).

We know many people dislike wearing darker hues when cycling in the winter and to recognise this Rapha are taking an interest in visibility with their new range. So there are a couple of new garments designed to be highly visible during daytime riding and nocturnal training or commuting.

The Long Sleeve Brevet Jersey (£195) is long sleeve jersey made from Sportwool and it comes with a matching hi-vis pink Brevet Gilet. Intended for long-distance rides when you need the best visibility on the dark country roads, it also features hi-vis chestbands, armbands and large pockets for carrying plenty of food. The front of the jersey also has a zipped chest pocket for carrying a brevet card.

The distinctive Hi-Vis Gilet (£100) comes with hi-vis pink and large central reflective stripes that should ensure all other road users can see you. A durable fabric is used so it can withstand the toughest months of the year and it's windproof, so you could wear it over a long-sleeve roubaix top, for example. A DWR (durable water repellent) treatment should keep most of the rain off.

The Long Sleeve Pro Team Jersey is “designed for high-tempo training and racing” says the Rapha blurb. It's made from a high-stretch moisture wicking fabric exclusive to the company with a racey fit and low-cut collar. Seams are bonded and there's two colours available (black/cream and navy/chartreuse).

Rapha's women's range has been expanded, with new options and colours. There's a new Long Sleeve Base Layer (£65), a 100% merino wool top with flatlock seams and all the benefits (breathable, high drying) of the natural wool.

Rapha's celebration jerseys have always been well received and the latest special edition jersey Lombardia is named and styled in homage to the Giro di Lombardia, a classic season ending road race around Lake Como in Italy. Breton-style buttoned collar (three buttons on the left shoulder) are used instead of a zip opening and the red, orange and fig colours give a very autumnal 'falling leaves' feel which is very apt. It'll cost £160.

And that's not all, there's a new City Riding collection on its way too. Details as and when we get them.

All very exciting and we'll be getting a closer look at the new products soon. Rapha's online lookbook showcases the new clothing range and you can view it for yourself here. You can see the new range in detail at Rapha's website www.rapha.cc. Most of the new range will be available early October.

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The lombardia jersey's lovely.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3707 posts]
10th September 2012 - 12:37


Can I kick it off? "how much !" Devil

posted by Pickypong [55 posts]
10th September 2012 - 12:55

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Liking the merino Baselayer.

For 80 squid though.

Christmat list perhaps? Big Grin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
10th September 2012 - 13:09

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+1 on the Marino base layer Raleigh. Think of it like this, due to the roll neck style you get a Winter Collar (£40) included... Big Grin The higher visibility approach for winter is certainly appreciated.

posted by Celeste08 [38 posts]
10th September 2012 - 14:47

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Been hoping for a new colour in the winter jersey - red it is! One of those is going on the Christmas list...

posted by step-hent [716 posts]
10th September 2012 - 15:21


We can only speculate on the likely cost of Team Sky stuff Thinking

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1347 posts]
10th September 2012 - 15:53



onward ever onward

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posted by bikecellar [261 posts]
10th September 2012 - 17:57


I still don't understand why Rapha don't offer their Rain Jacket in Chartreuse/Glow Yellow.

I want to have a rain jacket that will slip into my jersey/gillet in a sensible colourway. I have a nice grey Rapha Rain Jacket now but I don't like wearing it because basically it's "camouflage" on the road ! When it rains it's generally dull so a bright colour is essentail.

Come on Rapha sort it out !

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posted by Brummmie [56 posts]
10th September 2012 - 18:51


Not liking the offset zips.

The base layer looks awesome though. (I will stick to my DHB however as my wallet is not that deep)

posted by ALIHISGREAT [117 posts]
11th September 2012 - 0:25


I have a DHB jacket, was reviewed on here... think its called Southsea and apart from the wind proof zip it seems the same in cut and performance.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1347 posts]
11th September 2012 - 11:47


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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1347 posts]
11th September 2012 - 11:49


Just adding reflective stripes isn't good enough, it's the dull or rainy days most people care about and drivers often won't have lights on so brighter colour fabrics are what you need.

posted by fuzzywuzzy [68 posts]
13th September 2012 - 9:02


I'm sticking with brighter colours so that I stand out from a drab/dull street backdrop.

I'm not sure about vertical reflective stripes. Surely we want drivers to give as much room as possible, so horizontal bands/hoops would be more effective in giving an impression of width?

posted by Campag_10 [153 posts]
16th September 2012 - 5:55