Photography: Michael Bodiam (studio) & Graham Watson (race) | Words: Harry Dowdney
Pro Team Shadow is a whole new racewear proposition for foul weather, developed with, and worn at the Classics by, Team Sky after they asked for a breathable garment to wear for entire races in changeable conditions. Made possible by a pioneering stretch-woven fabric, the Shadow Jersey and Bib Shorts offer the ‘triple crown’: performance, protection and comfort in a lightweight single layer. The rain beads off, the wind is kept out and excess heat escapes.
“We wore this jersey on the worst weather days of the Classics last year and it was top notch throughout. Gent-Wevelgem was one of the windiest, most horrible races I've ever done, but the Shadow kit kept me in excellent shape at the front of the bunch.”
– Luke Rowe, Team Sky (Above centre, wearing the jersey at Gent-Wevelgem in March 2015)
The Shadow kit was developed as an innovative response to the demands of WorldTour cyclists racing in changeable conditions. The kit offers all-day protection in wide-ranging comfort, eliminating the need for Team Sky’s riders to go back to the team car to pick up or drop off jackets. They don’t have to change their clothes, so won’t ever lose their position in the bunch, and can conserve energy and be ready to act, or react, when the race is made.
The Shadow fabric is treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating twice during its construction, which, when combined with its extremely high density, gives it excellent ‘hydrophobic’ qualities, almost comparable to a Pro Team Race Cape. The fabric’s compact structure also provides excellent wind resistance, as well as durable protection from abrasions.
Rainproof and windproof is never sweatproof. Rapha Pro Team Shadow challenges convention by keeping the weather off but letting excess body heat out via tiny air holes in the stretch woven fabric. The inner of the fabric is brushed, meaning you can wear this racewear directly onto skin.
Since the 1970s, the outdoor industry’s foul-weather garments have centred around laminate technology. A water-resistant and somewhat breathable membrane is sandwiched between a durable outer fabric and a lining that feels comfortable against the skin. Pro Team Shadow dispenses with a laminate and is constructed from a woven, rather than knitted, fabric, which offers the same protection without the need for this membrane. The result leads to superb, contouring garments that keep foul weather out whilst allowing heat to escape.
- VISLON® zip with chunky, ergonomic puller for ease of use
- Three rear cargo pockets with 'drill holes' to let rain out
- Brushed inner throughout and mesh fabric on collar for comfort
- Taped seams on shoulders for extra water resistance
- ¾ length sleeves for added weather protection
- Reflective rear tab for visibility
With a streamlined race cut in a high-stretch fabric that compresses to your body shape, this jersey is as fast as it is formidable. Don’t compromise performance for protection.
- Same leg length, fit and chamois pad as Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts
- Looped bib straps and Pro Team gripper on hems keeps the shorts in position
- Twin-pocket built into mesh bib loops
- Inner fabric is brushed for on-skin comfort
- Reflective tab on both legs for visibility
Whether in the rain or wind, these bibs deliver WorldTour performance and protection for your legs.