Spring is just around the corner, we have it on good authority, so it’ll soon be time to strip off the winter layers and wrap up with some lighter weight clothing, like Rapha’s newly released Pro Team bib shorts, socks and jerseys, which are now available. We've seen details of the rest of Rapha's 2013 range which you can read here.
The Pro Team range launched back in 2011, and signalled a new direction for the company to offer very high performance clothing. The development continues, with the use of high-tech fabrics and a racing cut.
The Pro Team jersey (£140) was developed in partnership with the Rapha Condor Sharp team, giving the designers plenty of real-world racing feedback to hone the design. It’s a jersey designed for racing and high performance cycling, and has a fit to reflect this, described as ‘skin-tight aero'. We've reviewed the Pro Team jersey in the past, you can read it here.
The fabric is a lightweight polyester/polyurethane fabric with a coldblack technology which means it absorbs less heat, so you can wear the black jersey on hot days without fear of overheating. Ventilation comes via mesh side and rear panels, there are three rear pockets and one zipped pocket, and the seams are all bonded for durability.
For 2013 it’s available in four colours, black, chartreuse (the bright yellow), white and grey, all with contrasting sleeve hoops. Choose from six sizes.
You can also choose the Pro Team jersey in Team Sky colours. It’s an identical jersey, and costs the same at £140, but it's finished in Sky colours so you can show your support for Wiggo and Froome on your next club run or sportive.
If you’re getting the Pro Team jersey, you may as well pair it with the matching Pro Team Bib Shorts (£170). They’re now available in a choice of colours, white, yellow and pink. Made from Lycra and treated with the same coldblack dye as the jersey, so they don’t overheat on hot days by reflecting the sun’s rays. Inside is a Cytech chamois.
The white shorts are even available in two leg lengths - standard and 30mm longer.
And, finally, you can complete the pro look with the Pro Team socks (£15), which are now available in high-vis pink and chartreuse. So you can completely colour match your wardrobe for your next ride.
More details at www.rapha.cc
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.