Very comfortable, with a relaxed fit that is ideal for long summer rides, the Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey is a very nice thing. It's relatively inexpensive by Rapha standards but there are cheaper jerseys out there offering similar performance. If you want Rapha, though, this is a good option – and it comes in a range of fetching colours.
Training rides, for the pros at least, are usually very long so a bit more comfort than the second-skin type aero jerseys they commonly race in is desired, and that's what the Pro Team Training Jersey is designed for: all-day comfort with a more forgiving fit.
I'm a long way from a pro, but I found the general comfort and fit of the jersey very pleasing. It's all very well having the most aero jersey for those times when you are really putting power to the pedal, but often you just want a comfortable fit with a bit more room to breathe.
The jersey is made from a mid-weight fabric that is soft next to the skin, breathable, stretchy and sweat-wicking, with mesh side panels for dispensing extra heat to keep you cool on warm summer rides.
Although the fit is a bit more relaxed, it's still fitted enough to avoid being excessively baggy. For reference, I tested a size small and that's me in the photos.
There's a full-length Vislon zipper for extra ventilation and out back are reflective tabs for late evening ride visibility. You also get very generously sized pockets for carrying all the food and spares you'll likely need for an all-day ride. And, joy of joys, there's a zipped pocket – ideal for safely storing the house keys and keeping paranoia at bay.
Load the pockets up too much and they will sag a little, the downside to the looser fit of the jersey, but it's not excessive. A grippy silicone lining the rear hem helps keep the jersey in place.
There's a choice of colours with contrasting armbands and 'Convict Stripes', a style detail I'm personally less sold on – I think the story behind those has been forgotten a bit so might appear a bit random to the uninitiated. I do like that you can choose from a raft of colours, though.
It might be more laid back than Rapha's aero jerseys from the Pro Team collection like the Pro Team Aero Jersey, but as the name indicates it's still aimed at pros and one thing they all have in common is a slim build. So yes, this is still a slim-fitting jersey, so pay attention to that size guide.
The weather has been a bit haphazard recently, but despite that I've been able to get in loads of rides in this new jersey, and even managed a cheeky trip to Vermont where the hot weather was ideal for testing it. Simply put, it's a really good go-to jersey for fast or long rides, with a good cut, great comfort and understated looks, and it copes well with warmer weather.
It's not as airy as the Pro Team Flyweight jersey I tested, but it's a better choice for typical British summer weather. You won't have to reach for the gilet quite so soon.
It's not going to reduce your drag as much as an aero jersey, the fit and comfort are more suited to less speedy rides over long distances, but there's no reason why you couldn't use it for racing. It's also ideal for off-road exploits thanks to the breathability of the fabric and the relaxed fit.
The price isn't insanely expensive as many Rapha garments are, and a look through the road.cc review archive shows that it sits roughly in the middle between the cheapest and priciest. You can certainly pay less for a similar style of jersey, though, such as the Castelli Entrata 3 FZ (£70), Santani 365 Classe SS (£70) or the Lusso Dash SS (£65) – or even Rapha's own Core jersey (now £60).
Nice breathable summer jersey, with good fit and comfort
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for
Rapha says, "The Pro Team Short Sleeve Training Jersey is a superb training piece for mild to warm conditions. In a Pro Team fit, the jersey is constructed with a breathable, high-stretch, sweat-wicking fabric, with mesh side panels for further heat regulation.
"Updated graphic elements include outlined Pro Team 'Convict Stripes' on the front and a Rapha logo on the rear pocket. A reflective tab beneath the pockets ensures you'll be visible on the roads during early morning training spins or on your post-work ride. Further features include reinforced rear pockets constructed of a lightweight perforated fabric, a full-length VISLON® zipper and a zipped essentials pocket. With a more relaxed fit than the Pro Team Aero products, this jersey is perfect for adding layers underneath."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Lightweight, high-stretch and breathable fabric
Pro Team fit - cut for an on bike position without being overly tight
Outlined Pro Team 'Convict Stripes'
Mesh side panels for temperature regulation
Rapha logo on the rear pocket
Reflective tab for visibility in low light
Lightweight, perforated material on the inside of pockets
Top notch as usual from Rapha.
Very good for racing and training rides in warm weather.
So far it has proven very durable with no signs of weakness.
It is a little looser than some other Pro Team jerseys which makes it a comfortable top for long rides.
No problems there, the size small fitted as expected.
It doesn't weigh much.
I've been really impressed with the comfort of this jersey.
It's not cheap but it's not as expensive as many other jerseys in Rapha's range. You can get cheaper from other brands though.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Goes through the regular 30-degree wash cycle just fine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Provides good comfort and breathability on long, warm summer rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fit, comfort, understated looks and range of colours available. Also the zipped pocket.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing to really grumble about.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Surprisingly perhaps, it compares well with similar jerseys from other brands but you can certainly pay less for no drop in performance or comfort.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's a comfortable, breathable, nicely fitting jersey at a price that doesn't break the bank, but you can pay less for similar performance elsewhere which knocks the score down a touch.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking
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.