Rapha Insulated Racewear
Warmth without weight
Warm and breathable, protective and lightweight; the new Rapha insulated racewear is for cold weather training and racing. Made using active insulation, you’ll stay warm and comfortable no matter how hard you ride.
INSULATE // REGULATE
How active insulation works
Rapha first used active insulation in the Brevet Insulated range, which launched in mid-2016. Designed to perform in the wide range of temperatures typical of long-distance riding, the jacket and gilet became two of our most popular products. For this season, we have adapted the insulation to make the first racewear that keeps your temperature consistent regardless of tempo, from the start of your ride to the end.
Pre-ride // Warmth
Active insulation has an extremely high warmth-to-weight ratio – far better than puffy down insulation – so even if you’re outside waiting to start your ride, you’ll be warmer than in any other jacket or gilet of equivalent weight or bulk.
Setting off // Protection
The outer fabric of the jackets and gilets is windblocking and water-repellent, keeping the worst of the weather off your core. Perfect for starting out in harsh conditions.
Mid-ride // Temperature control
Active insulation is engineered for consistent comfort. Air is trapped in the insulation (which sits slightly raised from your skin), and circulates around your body to keep you warm. At the same time, the jacket or gilet regulates your body temperature by continuously releasing excess body heat before it builds. Our decision not to include an inner lining further improves this process. You won’t have to add or shed layers – a huge boost for racers on the move.
Intervals and races // Moisture management
The active insulation further shines during hard efforts. Since the synthetic fibres are inherently hydrophobic and the insulation has an open construction, the jacket or gilet resists all moisture and dries incredibly fast. You won’t wet out with sweat, even at full gas. This also means that when you’ve stopped your effort, you won’t freeze from cold air hitting a sweaty garment.
Long rides // Packability
If you’re on a long ride in the Spring or Autumn, the morning chill might turn to warm sun. Our active insulation is packable, so if the temperature gets too high you can easily roll the gilet or jacket up and store it in your back pocket.