Road riding is tough enough without having to compromise on quality. Rapha products use only the finest materials, components and detailing to create exceptional apparel and accessories.
Every Rapha product is conceived and developed by experienced road riders and technical innovations are combined with rider-inspired features, each carefully developed to ensure you get the most from every ride.
Rapha’s believes style should be classic and understated. From the tailored fit of Rapha jerseys to the pared down styling of Rapha gilets and jackets, every item is designed to be as elegant as it is flattering. And because we think that performance technology should speak for itself, you’ll find that, unlike most clothing brands in the sport, Rapha branding is discreet.
Tried and tested
All Rapha products are tested extensively in the field, through hundreds of hours of hard riding and racing. Our work with Team Sky also means that our Pro Team collection benefits directly from insights from some of the world’s leading riders.
The expertise gained from creating the world’s finest road riding apparel goes into Rapha’s other collections, too. The same commitment to design and testing that makes our Pro Team, Road and Classics collections the finest available also informs the fabrics, fit and features found in our City apparel.
Responsibility through Quality
Rapha’s commitment to quality extends to all aspects of design and production and Rapha’s unique network of manufacturing partners has been chosen with the utmost care. Rapha works closely with skilled craftsmen around the world and has developed long-standing relationships to ensure that not only are Rapha products produced in a responsible way but that they also continue to meet and exceed the exacting standards demanded by serious road riders. Rapha use only the finest fabrics and components in their apparel and accessories, sourced from around the world and from suppliers with a reputation for excellence.
In the Far East, for example, Rapha’s manufacturing partners offer some of the most technologically advanced machinery and processes in the world. Offering superior levels of quality control at every stage of production, the laser cutting and bonding techniques they have developed enable Rapha to provide unrivalled levels of finishing in its performance roadwear.
In Italy, Rapha works with a highly specialist mill that produces the finest stretch fabrics available, including the Roubaix fabrics used in Rapha shorts, tights, arm and knee warmers.
In the UK, our leather gloves are hand crafted in Somerset, expertly cut and stitched by a family firm with more than 60 years experience. Whether investing in new technology or trusting to age-old craftsmanship, Rapha visits all our partners on a regular basis to ensure that we deliver products of the very highest quality.
Note on merino sourcing
Merino wool is a staple of many Rapha products, from 100% merino jerseys and base layers to merino-blend technical fabrics such as Sportwool. A luxurious and versatile natural fibre, merino is not only extremely soft and comfortable but also highly breathable. This means it helps regulate body temperature in both hot and cold conditions. The merino wool used in Rapha products is ethically sourced and certified ‘non-mulesed’ – in some cases it can even be traced back to the farms in New Zealand where it was produced.
Mulesing is a controversial procedure in which strips of skin are removed from around the breech (buttocks) of a merino sheep to protect the animal from ‘myiasis’. More commonly known as ‘blowfly’, , this is an infestation of parasites attracted by the urine and faeces that build up in the breech area. If untreated, the infection can lead to septicaemia and ultimately death. Though undoubtedly effective in combating blowfly, animal rights campaigners claim mulesing causes unnecessary suffering, a view endorsed by an increasing number of wool farmers.