Rapha launch new training and racing collection

Rapha offer new designs and new colour options for the autumn and winter

by Mat Brett   October 11, 2013  

Rapha have now launched their autumn/winter training and racing clothing, adding to the range updates we told you about earlier in the week.

Rapha have added more colour options this time around. Whereas at one time pretty much everything from Rapha was black or pink with the odd splash of something else thrown in, they’ve cut loose with a whole bunch of different choices available now.

There’s a lot more chartreuse in the range than before, for example, the vivid yellow colour really catching the eye in low light conditions. When Rapha came visiting road.cc a few weeks ago, they told us that one of their aims for this collection is to offer extra visibility for those who want it. They’ve also introduced more subtle ‘old gold’ options for the first time this autumn/winter.

The main picture is that old gold colour in action on the updated Hardshell Jacket (£240). This one is designed to be both windproof and waterproof, with taped seams throughout and a water-resistant zip. It’s also available in chartreuse and black colour options.

The Sportwool Long Sleeve Jersey (£140) comes in old gold too, along with light grey and dark fig (a dark purple). Women get to choose between grey and purple.

The Merino Hat (£35) is available in an old gold option as well. It’s designed to be worn either with or without a helmet over the top.

The Long Sleeve Brevet Jersey (£195) will be available later in the month. The idea here is that you have plenty of storage for all the gubbins you need on a long ride, so you get the usual three pockets in the lower back as well a chest pocket and what Rapha call ‘a zipped ballast pocket’ in the middle of the back for carrying the hi-vis, windproof Brevet Vest (or gilet) that comes as part of the package.

The Brevet jersey is made from Sportwool (a combination of merino and polyester) while the stripes are designed to get you noticed. The grey version, for example, comes with white and chartreuse stripes, and the vest that goes with it is chartreuse too.

The Classic Wind Jacket (£170) comes in a couple of bright options too – chartreuse and orange – as well as in a black version. Those stripes down the arms are reflective, and the jacket rolls up small enough to fit into a jersey pocket when you don’t need to wear it. A women’s version is also available in cream, red and purple options.

The Long Sleeve Country Jersey (£140), made from Sportwool, comes in three different designs, the brightest of which is the Netherlands version – orange with red, white and blue chest stripes. The blue US version comes with red, white and blue stripes too, although there are little stars on the blue stripe. It looks pretty cool to us.

The same colour options are available in the new Country Winter Hat range. They’re priced at £35 each. Again, the US one gets our pick.

If that’s not for you, the same hat is available in those classic Rapha colours, black and pink.

Rapha are also offering a new Women’s Knitted Winter Hat which looks similar but it has a 100% merino outer with cable-knit details. It’s £35 too.

The polyester/elastane Long Sleeve Pro Team Jersey (£150) is made from a heavier weight fabric than the short sleeve summer version, and it’s now available in bright blue and hi-vis pink colours, as well as black.

The Souplesse is essentially the women’s version, with a stripe running the length of the back and a polka dot lining to the collar. And it’s a tenner cheaper at £140.

The Thermoroubaix Classic Winter Tights (£170) are back, of course. For the men, from early November there will be an option with chartreuse details, while the ladies will have a version with hi-vis pink highlights. As before, these come without a seatpad – you wear them over a pair of shorts.

The oversocks (£25) come in chartreuse too, as well as black and white, and there’s a new hi-vis pink option added this time around.

Rapha have added a couple of new products to the line-up for the really cold weather. The Deep Winter Sock (£20) is long, mostly merino wool, and comes with a wind-resistant front panel and toe. We’ve reviewed windproof socks here on road.cc before but I’m not sure we’ve ever tried socks with windproof panels. Don’t you go wearing these without tights over the top, will you?

Rapha are now offering some new Deep Winter Overshoes too (£60) that look pretty hardcore. Unlike most overshoes that are made from neoprene, these use a three-ply laminate fabric with a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment and fully-taped seams. 

For details on the entire range go to www.rapha.cc.

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Starting my watch. 3, 2, 1...

(I really like the new range, the 'old gold' is lovely and the original Rapha orange is making a comeback!)

posted by othello [291 posts]
11th October 2013 - 13:15


Not sure about that old gold, really like the Rapha Orange though, the Pro Jacket is really nice.

posted by RacePace [19 posts]
11th October 2013 - 15:12


Would really like to see someone wearing those deep winter socks with shorts, that would be special!

posted by RacePace [19 posts]
11th October 2013 - 15:15


RacePace wrote:
Would really like to see someone wearing those deep winter socks with shorts, that would be special!

Seen one or two riders recently sporting a very long socks and shorts combo. I just assumed they were triathletes. Wink

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [268 posts]
11th October 2013 - 15:26


How much. I get by with a second hand bin bag from Lidl that cost me 20p plus some old bread bags from Asda for my feet at 1p each. Bloomin ridiculous prices. Anyone would think they are selling them to make a living.

I thought I'd get it in before anyone else. Party

I love the Brevet jersey. Now where's my Christmas list......

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [268 posts]
11th October 2013 - 15:27


That long sleeve brevet jersey is lovely. Having one of those.

posted by ajmarshal1 [327 posts]
11th October 2013 - 15:58


Oh no too much puke brown or hi viz for my tastes..

Happy to see a US Country Jersey at last!!

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posted by Fixie Girl [119 posts]
11th October 2013 - 16:11


"...chartreuse stripes".

F@ck off. Its lime.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [305 posts]
11th October 2013 - 16:19


Anyone else looking at that 'old gold' and reminded of Star Trek?!

Apart from the lush Brevet jersey, I like the ladies merino hat, actually.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3329 posts]
11th October 2013 - 16:20


The old gold colour is very, very nasty and reminiscent of something you'd see in a curry house that hasn't redecorated in 30 years. Sick

Love the orange! Applause

posted by ourdave [33 posts]
11th October 2013 - 18:55


Ok no one buy the chartreuse brevet top until I get one this time....missed out last year.
Love the hi vis pink pro team top but I don't see me man enough to wear it. The old gold is a marmite colour, but at least you won't see any splashes on it.

posted by Spooks [61 posts]
11th October 2013 - 19:03



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posted by imaca [46 posts]
12th October 2013 - 4:38


Oh bugger it, I have the short sleeved brevet, and I may be forced to grab the long sleeved one now... Some lovely stuff there for the winter.

posted by hagbad [6 posts]
12th October 2013 - 10:43


Lovely stuff as ever. If I could change one thing with Rapha, i'd have them make their clothes in the UK. But apart from that, "Dear Father Christmas, i'd love pretty much anything from the above"... (not the women's stuff though)...

posted by bikerdavecycling [71 posts]
13th October 2013 - 8:46


Has anyone else look at the Country winter hat page on the Rapha site (http://www.rapha.cc/country-winter-hat/) and though 'they are ALL wearing them back to front'? Or is it just me?

posted by othello [291 posts]
8th November 2013 - 17:45