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Very limited edition clothing from Rapha and fashion designer Christopher Raeburn

Rapha have launched a limited edition collection of city cycling clothing with designers Christopher and Graeme Raeburn, this Wind Jacket being made from recycled military parachute canopies. The prices are going to make a lot of you whistle through your teeth.

Cyclist Graeme Raeburn is product designer at Rapha while his brother, Christopher Raeburn, is a well-known fashion designer who uses re-appropriated military fabrics in his work… hence the nylon parachute canopy fabric that’s used for the front and back panels here.

As its name suggests, the Wind Jacket is windproof, and it’s lightweight and packable too. The spots on the arms and the yoke are reflective, and the hood can be rolled up and fastened away. You get front pockets, one of which doubles as a storage pocket for the jacket as a whole. Each jacket is individually numbered – that’s the reflective race-style number on the back.

Like all of the Rapha & Raeburn products, it’s made in England. For the full story on the collection, go to Rapha’s website

The Wind Jacket is available in green and white versions at, um, £300 (orange versions appear to be out of stock). 

The Rapha & Raeburn range also includes a Short Sleeve Henley merino shirt (£120) and jeans (£180).

According to Rapha, the jeans are made from ‘abrasion resistant and flexible fabric made from nylon, cotton and eslastane blend yarns’ that’s milled especially for them. Only 500 pairs are being made.

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 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.

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bashthebox [751 posts] 3 years ago
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Leaving aside the expense - you'd expect that, the debate has ground on forever....

This stuff just looks awful. Who would want to wear it?

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rivitman [9 posts] 3 years ago
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My mate Lanfranco would wear it. But then he's a jockey.

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davidtcycle [66 posts] 3 years ago
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I get enough sarky comments from family wearing my bike gear - god knows what they would say if I turned up in this!  20

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wwfcb [85 posts] 3 years ago
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bashthebox wrote:

This stuff just looks awful. Who would want to wear it?

errr, possibly people who have bought it, just guessing.  3

The jackets don't look the best, but the jeans and top look ok. IMO

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CraigS [129 posts] 3 years ago
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That jacket is horrendous!

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bendertherobot [1146 posts] 3 years ago
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It is limited and, last time I checked, there's no point checking on Rapha's website as you won't see it, not unless you're an Imperial Works Customer.

I am, for my sins, but wouldn't go near this. It's truly terrible.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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London

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bike_food [172 posts] 3 years ago
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I think I'd rather wear the parachute, open, into a head wind than wear that jacket.

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mooseman [87 posts] 3 years ago
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WTF?

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Metjas [362 posts] 3 years ago
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The wind jacket is a stark design piece - you either hate or love it. I'd love to see it in action.

No shortage of takers though as most of these pieces have already sold out. Hats off to Rapha for creating things that sell in these dire economic times.

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NeilG83 [301 posts] 3 years ago
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Usually I don't bother commenting on Rapha articles because people should spend their money how they want, plus I think most Rapha clothing looks quite good. But how can that awful looking jacket, made out of recycled material cost £300! Is it sewed together with gold thread?

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Fixie Girl [125 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh dear lord no!

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Dr. Ko [192 posts] 3 years ago
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The question is - what happened to Paul Smith?
Has Rapha switched to a different designer?

Are my Paul Smith items now getting collectors items?  4

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Jonny_Trousers [276 posts] 3 years ago
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Awful.

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varderik [4 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh dear, Rapha has just jumped the shark. Shame, their stuff was original in a good way when they started, now it's just the King's clothes. Looking forward to the next company that will take their crown. Such is the way with innovation.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Nauseating. Oh and don't carry a bag, or the pattern will rub off. (Rapha website).

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joemmo [1164 posts] 3 years ago
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Those jeans would be ideal for cycling to the Masonic Lodge I imagine.

It might be the large amount of cheese I've just eaten but putting aside the pretentiousness and price I quite like the big reflective dots on the arms as a detail.

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Tony Farrelly [2869 posts] 3 years ago
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We've got the jacket in the office, I like it, it is beautifully made and it certainly gets attention. Short run, high fashion stuff costs money. If you don't like it don't buy it.

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The Claw [8 posts] 3 years ago
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Not sure about that jacket but a pair of Diesel jeans are £120 so if the Rapha jeans are much better made, seems ok to me. The problem with Rapha is they seem to do some stuff which leaves me thinking "well you get what you pay for" and other stuff which seems like a gratuitous rip off.

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kiwiglider [23 posts] 3 years ago
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God awful at crazy prices. Sticking with Gore.

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WolfieSmith [1326 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm sick of skinny jeans - so noughties and so Max Wall. If Rapha made boot cut jeans I'd buy a pair. A Velcro tab to serve as a bike clip... Maybe I should make them.

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sorebones [139 posts] 3 years ago
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I have a pair of the standard Rapha jeans, and can vouch for the fact they are incredibly hard-wearing as well as looking great. They are a tad dearer than the likes of Levi, but from my experience I get through regular jeans in a few months.

Not a fan of these jackets though and not something I can imagine being worn outside of Soho! I would like to see one in the flesh though

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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tony_farrelly wrote:

If you don't like it don't buy it.

But you didnt. You got given it.
Would you honestly pay £300 of your own hard earned for it, beautifully made or not?

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notfastenough [3708 posts] 3 years ago
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Well I'll stick my neck out and say I like that jacket, it's funky and original. As for £300, no I wouldn't at the minute, but I suspect that the purchasers of this found it easier to drop £300 on a luxury item than I would right now. The value is subjective (as are the looks).

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Al__S [1051 posts] 3 years ago
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With this sort of thing, stop even trying to put into the context of value and practicality. As already pointed out, this is expensive fashion instead- and in that context, is priced appropriatly. Would I spend the money? No. Will others? Clearly. Does that mean that it shouldn't exist and that Rapha is evil incarnate because it has created something I neither like the look of or can afford? No.

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Tony Farrelly [2869 posts] 3 years ago
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Some Fella wrote:
tony_farrelly wrote:

If you don't like it don't buy it.

But you didnt. You got given it.
Would you honestly pay £300 of your own hard earned for it, beautifully made or not?

Nope, I wouldn't cos I can't afford it, doesn't mean I think it's a rip-off though. Any short run, designer label jacket is going to cost that sort of money or a lot more. Oh, and it's going back cos there isn't much point in testing such a limited edition item.

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Lord_Impaler [8 posts] 3 years ago
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MY EYES! THEY BURN...!  13

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themartincox [514 posts] 3 years ago
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I think that i probably might quite like it

I like the wife and kids more and I feel I may be separated from them should I be joined to the jacket!

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colinth [191 posts] 3 years ago
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tony_farrelly wrote:

If you don't like it don't buy it.

thanks for the advice, even though I think the jacket is horrendous I was just about to order a dozen....

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11speedaddict [75 posts] 3 years ago
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I like and own Rapha clothing
but, sometimes i think....Nathan Barley...if you dont know what i'm referring to.....Cock,Muff Bumhole.

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