A wise man once said that “bad weather always looks worse through a window” and we couldn’t agree more: the forecast should never be used as an excuse to stay inside.
The best way to stay comfortable is by layering your clothing. Rather than wearing one huge overcoat, thin layers trap air between themselves, keeping you warmer, and high wicking garments take sweat away from your skin to the next layer. Picking the right combination isn’t always easy to get right, particularly on your upper half, so to help you out we have put together a short guide for layering during those pesky seasons between summer and winter, when autumn’s morning chill can stop you at the front door, and spring showers can spoil a perfectly enjoyable day out.
A mainstay of any cyclist’s wardrobe, these arm warmers are designed for use with any Rapha Jersey and are made of a durable, soft Italian fabric with a fleece backing for on-skin comfort.
How to layer your upper half
Clothing combinations for any spring/autumn ride.
A base layer is the solid foundation for any successful seasonal ride. Our breathable merino and mesh base layers are ideal for changeable, cool conditions as they stay warm even when damp. Building from there, a short sleeve jersey with arm warmers offers flexibility, while a long sleeve jersey works for when you’re sure it’ll be colder. Your final layer could be a gilet or warmer jacket, whether waterproof, fleecy or otherwise. The combinations are myriad, but the solution for your ride is out there - you just have to find the one that works. Finally, remember the rule of the 'fifth mile': if you're feeling warm as you leave the house, you're probably wearing too much.