Rapha has joined forces with the US-based recreational brand Outdoor Voices on a mission to “Get The World Moving”.
“At Rapha, we ride together. Outdoor Voices believes that Doing Things – moving your body and having fun with friends – is the surest way to a happy and healthy life,” says the British brand.
According to Rapha, after meeting two years ago on a cycling adventure in Mallorca, they decided to start working on a women’s collection that was quite unlike any other in the past.
“It’s a collection for both dedicated riders and recreationalists, for brand new cyclists and specialists alike. The collection combines years of expertise in performance fabrics and fit with a fresh, new perspective and added practical features. There are extra pockets and pouches for riding essentials, a women’s specific chamois pad, and pioneering new patterning for a contoured fit,” explains Rapha.
Rapha’s Maria Olsson, Head of Design said, “together with OV we set out to achieve a positive and inclusive experience for all women who love cycling, and also break down some of the barriers which can be a bit overwhelming. We wanted to bring everyone along on the journey through the graphics and colors of the range, without compromising on the technical aspects that we are known for.”
“Since the collaboration stemmed from a riding trip in Mallorca, terrazzo floors and walls were an influence from the outset,” says Agata Jasinska, one of Rapha’s designers. “By creating garments with layers of overlapping fabric and transparent panels, we aimed to recreate the visual effect of terrazzo. The depth of color and the multi-purpose, utilitarian pocket arrangements make these products different.”
Explaining the choice of colors, Jess Money, graphic designer adds, “we wanted an earthy palette to complement the terrazzo print, so throughout the collection you have all of the elements: earth, wind and fire. These elements come together to create rocks, just like the garments in this collection come together to form the layered effect of the terrazzo.”
The collection consists of a Jersey, Wind Jacket, High-Waisted Shorts, Cargo Bib Shorts, Bar Bag, Light Support Bra, Cap, Socks and a Cropped T-Shirt.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Jersey
All the hallmarks of our much-loved women’s jerseys are here: a streamlined silhouette, lightweight and breathable fabrics and internal taping for stability even when your pockets are fully loaded. With OV, we’ve added a subtle coin pouch to complement the three rear pockets and a zipped loop pocket that is perfect for storing the Wind Jacket. These two items are designed to combine – the jersey is available in a range of three colors chosen to complete the jacket’s terrazzo design.
Available in Dark Green, Pale Blue and Terracota.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Wind Jacket
The centerpiece of the collection features a striking terrazzo print inspired by Mallorca and a host of practical features. The overlapped design of the back panel makes for excellent breathability and a sleek silhouette while a spacious dump pocket, snap pouch for coins, and an elastic loop for an extra layer allow you to carry all you need and more. There’s even a hidden drop tail with a reflective speckle pattern for added visibility.
Available in White and Multicolour. The Multicolour version is limited edition and can be only purchased from Rapha.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Cargo Bib Shorts
Utility meets comfort in a game-changing pair of bibs with a pocket on either leg and one on the back for maximum storage. Just like the jacket, the bib section uses an overlapped design to complete the layered terrazzo aesthetic while the chamois pad has been designed and shaped specifically for women, on their very first ride or their longest yet.
Available in Dark Navy.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices High Waisted Padded Shorts
For those who prefer to ride without bib straps, our all-new shorts provide the same comfort and stability as a bib short with a double-layer waistband for a secure fit. The high cut waistline complements the collection’s Cropped T-Shirt while the shorter leg length prevents embarrassing tan lines just above the knee. The chamois pad is the same used in the collection’s bib short – designed and developed by women.
Available in Dark Green and Dark Navy.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Cropped T-Shirt
Whether on or off the bike, this 100% cotton t-shirt is perfect for Doing Things. It pairs perfectly with the High Waisted Shorts to offer everyday comfort and style on your next outdoor endeavor.
Available in Lilac and White.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Light Support Bra
Based on Outdoor Voices Tech Sweat Bra, this high-coverage piece is made with cycling in mind, wicking well when you’re working. It pairs well with bib shorts and is cut to offer support in an on-bike position. Color matched with the accompanying collection, this light support crop top forms the perfect foundation for your activity outfit.
Available in Dark Green and Pale Blue.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Cap
Cotton cycling caps have long been iconic cycling attire, unless you have a ponytail. Then it becomes more of an inconvenience than an icon. Not any more. This cap has been designed specifically for women, and incorporates feedback from our professional women’s team. There’s a gap for your ponytail and the overlap patterning that ties the collection together.
Available in Pale Blue/Dark Green and Dark Blue/Dark Navy/ Dark Green.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Bar Bag
A transforming, compact bag that can be attached via sturdy clips to your bike’s handlebar, or worn over the shoulder on spontaneous roadside stops. The jacket, jersey, and shorts in this collection provide plenty of storage space, but sometimes you need a bit more. Keep an extra layer, supplies, and even a disposable camera in here to make sure you’re never without.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Socks
These socks are based on our popular Pro Team pair and made with a lightweight and breathable material and an open structure for excellent temperature regulation. The socks use a yarn created to feel very soft against your skin and also wick moisture efficiently, to ensure comfortable feet. The footbed also has a soft finish for comfort, while handlocked seams and flatlock stitching throughout ensure the socks won’t chafe, no matter how hard or hot the ride.
Available in White and Dark Green.
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