Sorry, but no. This is a square bit of silk. For 50 quid.
That’s all you need to know really, but if you want more details it’s got a paisley pattern made up of bikey motifs – chains, wheels, stuff like that – the edges are hand stitched, and it’s apparently been given a ‘perspiration solution’ to make it resistant to sweat and showers. Rapha reckon it’s 50cm x 50cm but ours measured 45cm tops.
Rapha reviews usually follow a set pattern. Yes, it's very nice. Yes, it's very expensive. This review of their Merino Crew Neck jersey isn't going to buck that trend. Hey, if it's not broke, don't fix it...
The crew neck jersey is made from a slightly heavier grade of merino than Rapha's standard base layer and a little more expensive. As we all know, merino is about as good as wool gets, with no itchiness and miraculous powers that keep you warm when it's wet and free of whiffy smells when the going gets tough.