Here’s a glimpse at Rapha’s Fall/Winter City line-up…..
One area where Rapha has really focussed their attention toward is the urban Cyclist. Their City range of clothing is designed to be worn both on and off the bike. The idea is that you commute to work in bike clothing, or ride into town for for a social occasion a drink, means you don’t need to change when you get there.
Rapha’s new Merino Gilet comes with a windproof stretch lining to keep the cold air out, and the side panels are ribbed so you can get a close fit without any discomfort.
The Merino Hoody’s main fabric is 100% merino (as opposed to Sportwool which has a polyester component), and you get windproof panels over the top in the most exposed areas – the front, sides and shoulders.
The hood is windproof too, and it’s stowable when not in use – you roll it up and button it down. That hi-vis tab on the back, by the way, is detachable, so you look a little less conspicuous when you’re off the bike (take care not to lose it). That’s a feature that Rapha carry over to many other City products.
The Track Top is made from fine merino but in quite a heavy weight.
The Long Sleeve City Jersey is lighter and has just a quarter-length zip.
The Women’s Long Sleeve Jersey is made from the same mix (90% merino, 7% nylon, 3% elastane), but it has a four-button collar.
Merino Roll Neck – subtle knitted stripes across the chest, and there’s a pocket around the back.
Lapelled Jacket – is designed to be a business-type jacket, but made from technical fabrics and incorporating some bike-friendly features. The main cotton-nylon fabric includes elastane so you can stretch on the bike, it’s antibacterial and rain repellent. You get vents on the shoulders, and the storm collar is finished with hi-vis tape that you can’t see when the collar is folded down.
Cross Transfer Jacket – insulated with PrimaLoft One synthetic insulation – it’ll be about mid-November.
The Winter Gloves use a windproof, water-resistant, breathable and stretchy fabric with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating – high-density foam padding across the palms, and reinforcement from Pittards goatskin leather on the palm, thumb and first two fingers.
The Deep Winter Gloves – for really cold conditions – they come with a waterproof/breathable membrane – along with PrimaLoft insulation to add the warmth.
Deep Winter Gloves are designed to be worn with Rapha’s Merino Liners
Merino Gloves – with goatskin leather on the palm and fingers/thumb, and high-density foam padding.
Overmitts – made from a waterproof fabric – seams are fully taped. They’re a lobster-claw design, the idea being to provide additional warmth while still allowing you to brake and change gear with just your first two fingers.
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