Rapha launch spring/summer 2013 clothing range +videos

New women's and hot weather clothing, trade team specials and updated classics

by David Arthur   February 27, 2013  

It’s already been a busy year for Rapha, kicking the year off with the announcement of the Team Sky partnership thrusting them into the spotlight of the professional peloton. Today they’ve revealed details of their 2013 spring/summer racing and training range. Highlights include some bold new colours, an expanded women’s range and new hot weather clothing and all accompanied by some suitably 'epic' videos (scroll to the end for them).

With three new jerseys Rapha is marking the year, 1962, when trade teams returned to the Tour de France and roadcc's editor was born though that bit probably isn't part of the Rapha celebration - well, not officially at least. From 1930 until 1961 only national teams could compete in the race - in 1930 organisers even made riders compete using identical yellow bicycles supplied by them. In 1962 though the trade teams were allowed back in and that race Jacques Anquetil claimed the yellow jersey, with Joseph Planckaert and Raymond Poulidor second and third respectively.

These three Trade Team Jerseys (£110) celebrate each of these riders and their teams, Flandria & Planckaert (red and white), Mercier & Poulidor (yellow and purple) and St Raphaël & Anquetil (Light blue, white and red).

The three merino jerseys are finished with embroidered icons , drawcord hems and gripper elastic and three pockets.

There’s also matching caps as well for the complete look. They feature rider emblem graphics and are made from 100% cotton.

The new Hot Weather collection, clearly not designed with the UK summer in mind, is designed for the “hottest, most humid climates” proclaims the Rapha press release. Guess if you’re planning some nice trips abroad this year you might be interested, we can certainly imagine some of the demands from Team Sky will be kit that works in the hottest races. In this new collection are two items, the Lightweight Bib Shorts and Super Lightweight jersey. As their names suggest, they’re based on the regular Classic Bib Shorts and Lightweight jersey, but boast better breathability when the going gets, errm, hot.

The Super Lightweight jersey (£100) is made from a combination of three lightweight fabrics.

They reckon is a lot more breathable than the regular Lightweight jersey, and very good at wicking sweat. It’s going to be available in three colours, blue, red and white.

The Lightweight Bib Shorts (£140) that uses a much lighter weight fabric than the Classic bibs and the fabric has been treated with a sun-block finish giving up to Factor 50 protection. The mesh sections in the jersey lighter than before and there’s a larger cutaway at the back. Inside the shorts is a totally new chamois exclusive to Rapha. To prevent the pad getting soaked in sweat, it has a perforated construction, which also makes it lighter.

They’re finished with a left leg band available in red, blue or white.

To complete the Hot Collection there’s a new Lightweight cap. A quick drying poly cotton with stitched eyelets and available in blue, black and white.

There’s new offerings for women, as well as new colour options for the Wind Jacket (£170), purple and red, and a choice of purple, cream or grey and hi-vis pink Lightweight Jerseys (£110), they’ve introduced the all-new Soupless Jersey and Women’s Classic Bib Shorts.

The Souplesse Jersey (£125)  has been designed from the outset to address the differences between men and women with a female-specific cut, including shorter sleeves and separate cuff fabric for a comfortable fit.

There’s two rear pockets and a central pump pocket, plus a zipped pocket. There’s contrast stripes and polka dot collar linings. Three colours to choose from, mauve, dark blue or light blue.

The same approach has been applied to the new Women’s Classic Bib Shorts (£150). The men’s Classic bib shorts are excellent and perfect for comfort on longer rides, and a similar approach has been applied to the women’s version. they have a fit designed specifically for women of course, with a soft mesh upper with a full-length zip front. The back panel is an open-knit mesh for maximum breathability and the lightweight fabric is extremely breathable.

The Women’s Classic Wind Jacket (£170), follows similar lines to the men’s version, with a windproof and water resistant fabric, but with a cut tailored for women. It’s available in Purple, Cream and Red.

We always expect Rapha to have something a little quirky up their merino sleeves, and this year it would seem the Polka Dot Silk Scarf (£50) is it - the polks dots are the quirky bit, the scarf itself is a hardy Rapha perennial - we reviewed it a few years back. It’s hand stitched in England from 100% silk, and the material has been treated to make it sweat and shower resistant.

There’s a new short sleeve women’s base layer (£60) as well, made from 100% merino, naturally, and with a female-specific cut. Available in light blue or grey marl, with a v-neck and flatlock seams.

The Women’s Grand Tour Gloves are a leather thing of beauty. Handcut from African Hair Sheep Leather, they’re stunningly beautiful as much as the price is eye-watering. Double-stitched in the areas prone to high wear to make them more durable. Choose from black or cream, available in March.


A new colour option is added to the Classic Wind Jacket (£170), their lightweight stowable windproof and water resistant top.

It’s now available in the same Chartreuse as the Hardshell we tested recently, and there’s an orange and black colours too. It still feature the same offset zip, long dropped tail and small zipped pocket.

The Classic Jersey (£130) has been Rapha’s best selling product and was one of the iconic jerseys, all black design with simple white arm band, that launched the brand eight years ago. It’s been constantly fettled and tweaked over the years, and many colour options have come and gone.

This year they’ve refined the fit even further and will offer it in two new colours (red and blue) with corresponding arm warmers and Rapha Caps to match. Details include large cargo pockets and a zipped valuables pocket, a fully lined zip with lockdown puller and is sold with arm warmers.

The Rapha Cap (£25) is now available in corresponding red and blue to match the Classic Jersey. A windproof and water resistance cotton construction protects the head while still being breathable, and it’s finished with a strip of anti-bacterial tape. 

The Club jersey (£110) picks three heroes of the sport Tommy Godwin, Ramon Hoyos and Gastone Nencini for the three new colour options, fig, light blue and black respectively.

The Lightweight jersey (£110), a classic choice for riding anywhere hot and sunny, is now available in two new colours, fig and papyrus

The Pro Team range hasn’t been ignored, there’s the all-new Pro Team Race Cape. Rapha now get a lot of feedback from Team Sky and the Rapha Condor JLT team, and they’re channeling this into revised Pro Team garments. The Race Cape came out of just such a discussion, it uses a proprietary stretch fabric that is completely waterproof and claims to be breathable. It also interestingly eschews the usual off-set zip in favour of a simple centrally aligned zipper. It’s not due until mid-March, and will be sold in grey or blue.

The Pro Team Bib Shorts (£170) use a new Lyrca-based fabric that is proprietary to Rapha. It uses a coldblack technology to keep the heat off and are now available in high-vis pink and chartreuse.

You can pair those shorts with the updated Pro Team Jersey, now available in Grey/high-vis pink, Chartreuse/grey, White/azure, Black/chartreuse.

No word on pricing yet, they’ll be available in mid-March.

The Pro Team socks (£15) are now available in High-vis pink and Chartreuse.

And now for some video… a woman nearly smiles in the first one:

www.rapha.cc

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I'm a fool and my money will soon part... Love Struck

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posted by gazpacho [80 posts]
27th February 2013 - 16:04

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I like Rapha stuff. I wish it was cheaper and I wish they did more regular sales one their products. It seems there are a lot of jealous types out there (who Blanche at the price). But we all place a value on things depending on our own life demands. I can understand that. If I won the lottery tomorrow I'd certainly upgrade my kit and bike.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1089 posts]
27th February 2013 - 16:14

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Amen to that @notfastenough

posted by boardmanrider [67 posts]
27th February 2013 - 16:17

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Why are Rapha-lovers pissing and moaning about Rapha-haters pissing and moaning about the prices. It is a free country, if you don't want to hear others ridiculing the way you spend your money, then move to Beverly Hills, chum, or any of the parts of Cheshire, Essex or Surrey that aspire to a similar ethos, and savour the conspicuous consumption. What, can't afford that? Well too bad, it's called choice. Other places to live are available, you know, and at different prices.

Of course, in reality, the rich have driven house process up for everyone in recent decades, as they are now for cycling equipment and clothing.

posted by ubercurmudgeon [168 posts]
27th February 2013 - 16:21

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boardmanrider wrote:
Sweet lord! Why is it that Rapha gets such a hard time over their prices? Their kit, of which I have several pieces, is seriously high quality in terms of fit, attention to detail and style.

I'll draw the following parallels - nobody gives about the price of any of the deep rim carbon wheelsets you see around. Nobody gives out about the price of high end .

2nd that boardmanrider Applause 'Assos - Castelli'!!

All expensive kit but no one ever queries their quality, price yeah.. but once you actually purchase one of their items you never question it again because you see the difference. Rapha/Assos/Castelli they just do not compare to DHB or whoever - do what i do buy their winter gear in summer & vice versa - you'll see what the fuss is about & save your pennies for better standard gear

posted by bfslxo [118 posts]
27th February 2013 - 16:26

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bikeboy76 wrote:
MAMILS are ruining the clothing market, too much money to splurge, just save up for a Ferrari and get out of the way.

You must be really fast then…

Does the 76 in your name refer to your date of birth? Do you wear lycra? MAMILs eh? Thinking

I haven't got any Rapha kit btw, but I do have some Castelli stuff which cost considerably more than the equivalent Rapha item, and which is made in China, but they never seem to get any grief about how much it costs or where it's made or who wears it, nor Assoss - not that you ever see any reviews - but then I suppose that's what 'proper' riders like bikeboy76 wear Wink

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posted by Denzil Dexter [140 posts]
27th February 2013 - 16:29

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The other bit that justs make me laugh is how Rapha are always brought up on how their stuff is made in China, evil vindictive company that they are. Then go an hop on their bike which is made (unless it's a custom made) in China or Taiwan along with the comouter they used to type the rant.

posted by boardmanrider [67 posts]
27th February 2013 - 16:55

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Of course, in reality, the rich have driven house process up for everyone in recent decades, as they are now for cycling equipment and clothing.

don't agree, at least not on the bike part. the quality and selection of bikes and clothing in the low- to mid-range price points has never been better. they're pushing the higher end, granted. but if you don't want to spend that much, then don't.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7257 posts]
27th February 2013 - 17:19

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DHB for me thanks Wink

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1221 posts]
27th February 2013 - 17:30

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bfslxo wrote:
boardmanrider wrote:
Sweet lord! Why is it that Rapha gets such a hard time over their prices? Their kit, of which I have several pieces, is seriously high quality in terms of fit, attention to detail and style.

I'll draw the following parallels - nobody gives about the price of any of the deep rim carbon wheelsets you see around. Nobody gives out about the price of high end .

2nd that boardmanrider Applause 'Assos - Castelli'!!

All expensive kit but no one ever queries their quality, price yeah.. but once you actually purchase one of their items you never question it again because you see the difference. Rapha/Assos/Castelli they just do not compare to DHB or whoever

I disagree I think it is more a case of no one likes to admit they spent big cash on a pup..

I have bought plenty of Rapha kit full price and in the sale that was as good/bad [delete as appropriate] as any other mainstream cycle clothing manufacturer.

I recently had to return two pairs of fixed shorts, both had serious stitching failures. An early jersey that went from black to purple, a recent jersey due to laddering from the seams, a soft-shell due to seams failing… Other stuff I put up with or sold on the Bay.

I can't believe I am just unlucky…

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posted by Fixie Girl [115 posts]
27th February 2013 - 17:48

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jimmythecuckoo wrote:
The Claw wrote:
DHB for me thanks Wink

post of the day

+2

Kept me entertained.

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posted by mingmong [191 posts]
27th February 2013 - 18:46

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I love posts about Rapha. Didn't even read this one and skipped straight to the usual comment mud slinging. Wasn't dissappinted either.

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posted by mr-andrew [294 posts]
27th February 2013 - 19:00

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They are brilliant though. Makes me laugh. Even when the subjects not Rapha they'll be sure to sledgehammer it in.

Haters going to hate.

posted by iL Soigneur [8 posts]
27th February 2013 - 19:16

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That was a record though, this time it only took 1 post to start the usual I hate Rapha but love my Aldi bibs, even though the pads in a funny place.

posted by iL Soigneur [8 posts]
27th February 2013 - 19:19

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Polka Dot Silk Scarf (£50) Oooooooh lovely!

Get out and ride

posted by davidtcycle [62 posts]
27th February 2013 - 19:33

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Love their stuff. I'm still wearing a long sleeve t-shirt I bought in 2008. During winter it gets washed a couple of times a week. And worn nearly every day. Colour still good. It has kept its shape as well. All the stuff I have fits well, better than other brands to be honest. People buy me gift cards. That helps. The kit simply looks smart rather than garish with large logos. I hate logos.

Still smiling politely at a persistently flat chain.

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posted by velophilia [38 posts]
27th February 2013 - 20:09

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Fixie Girl wrote:
bfslxo wrote:
boardmanrider wrote:
Sweet lord!
I can't believe I am just unlucky…

Fixie Girl - I think your are just that unlucky!! Sad

Have a jacket by both Assos & Castelli and they are both top notch - in fairness my Rapha extend is a merino vest which has served me perfectly - oh & one of the ordinary winter neck scarfs bought in the sale which has been brillant all through my daily winter commuter.

Mind i think i gotta agree £50 for a polka dot ladies scarf Surprise

posted by bfslxo [118 posts]
27th February 2013 - 21:42

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I myself am not a huge fan of this seasons colours but i do like the hommage to the past concept.

Remember Rapha's mission is also to celebrate cycling culture and make it the most popular sport in the world.

Its funny how some brands can create such a split in the public. Swap the word Apple for instance with the word Rapha at the start of these posts and you could be on a tech webiste in 2007!

posted by Nzlucas [88 posts]
27th February 2013 - 22:20

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Serious question - wonder if there's a reason the women in Rapha's videos wear helmets and the men don't?

(Not to cross the streams of two more obviously polarising issues or anything)

posted by nicstevenson [30 posts]
27th February 2013 - 22:21

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There's a pic of a bloke in a helmet near the top of the page. That one who looks like he's trying to eat his energy bar without taking it out of his jersey pocket first.

Noli porcum linguere

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posted by captain_slog [263 posts]
27th February 2013 - 22:29

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Denzil Dexter wrote:
Does the 76 in your name refer to your date of birth? Do you wear lycra? MAMILs eh? Thinking

It does in fact, however I claim exemption from the MAMIL tag as I have been riding around since 1999 age 22, so I am a 'young' 36. I have plenty of kit collected over the years, nike, nalini, craft and yes Castelli, but I wait and buy stuff off ebay once it has come down to a reasonable price. A plain Rapha summer jersey will still cost you £65 on ebay so auction competition and the prices are also inflated there.

The point is the mark up doesn't reflect the true quality of the kit even if it is better. Rapha is Waitrose but thinks its Harrods.

Between the S and the LOW

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posted by bikeboy76 [1188 posts]
27th February 2013 - 23:17

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I've used stuff from DHB, Altura, Endura, Shower Pass, Craft, Gore and Ground Effect (favourite) and some random outdoor brands.

Any piece of kit that I don't think about while cycling, that doesn't fall apart after a season or two and that doesn't make me look like a "...spaceman from a low budget Sci-Fi movie..." is good enough in my books. What else would one want from their kit?

Just like with many other products on a market up to a certain price point you're buying quality that makes a difference (better cut, longevity, breathability etc.)

Above that there is only a stratosphere of aspirational BS exploiting anxieties and insecurities (at least cycling wise) of a modern over-analysing OCD consumer.

I don't follow trends. Trends follow me.

posted by BBB [172 posts]
28th February 2013 - 0:20

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I like Rapha kit.. It's well made and looks good. BUT! I can't abide the way market the stuff.. Trying to bottle up the essence of cycling heritage and selling it back to us... Ramming it down our throats in black and white ads. No pal.. Not for me thanks..

posted by partsandlabour [32 posts]
28th February 2013 - 0:22

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Hell,Road CC- a Rapha and a helmet article on the same day-were the numbers of comments on the site getting a bit too low for your liking...?! Wink

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posted by Otis Bragg [105 posts]
28th February 2013 - 0:45

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fretters wrote:
£50 for a silk scarf?

This could get interesting Thinking

I guess folk where you live haven't heard nuffin' of this "Hermes" stuff neither.

posted by Nick T [763 posts]
28th February 2013 - 1:04

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I wonder if Aldi will be presenting a beautifully lit short film full of earnest hipsters looking solemnly into a sunset with their mouths open when they next announce their cycling Thursday Specials?

posted by Some Fella [722 posts]
28th February 2013 - 1:21

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bikeboy76 wrote:
Rapha is Waitrose but thinks its Harrods.

Guess you never saw the Harrods cycling kit in its various iterations? None of them particularly pleasing on the eye... Sick

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7932 posts]
28th February 2013 - 1:31

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Love the kit, not selling the bike to buy it though...

BCC

posted by BearstedCC [47 posts]
28th February 2013 - 8:17

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Nick T wrote:
fretters wrote:
£50 for a silk scarf?

This could get interesting Thinking

I guess folk where you live haven't heard nuffin' of this "Hermes" stuff neither.

course we 'ave. it's like them blister things i got on me bits when i slept wiv 'er from chippy last year. i ain't a total moron Wink

posted by fretters [30 posts]
28th February 2013 - 9:13

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I've often wondered the same: this is a pretty good answer.

http://www.rapha.cc/faq#faq9

posted by boardmanrider [67 posts]
28th February 2013 - 10:44

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