Rapha is launching an all-in-one Pro Team Thermal Aerosuit that’s designed for training and racing in cold weather.
Rapha says that the top half is based on the existing Pro Team Jacket. It has a three-layer windproof and water-resistant softshell fabric covering the arms and the front, and a brush backed fabric at the rear. The idea, of course, is to provide extra protection in the most exposed areas while offering more breathability around the back.
The lower half of the suit is based on Rapha’s Pro Team Winter Tights.
The legs are lined with what Rapha calls a ‘waffle print’ fabric. This has a greater surface area than a flat-faced fabric, the idea being to trap warm air next to the body and wick sweat efficiently away from skin.
The chamois is the same as in the Rapha Bib Shorts and Pro Team Bib Shorts.
The Pro Team Thermal Aerosuit is designed to keep bulk to a minimum by reducing the need to wear a gilet or jacket, or to carry one just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
It’s available in sizes XS to XXL and is priced at £320.
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