Rapha’s guide to being seen
Whether it’s an early start or late finish, a grey winter day or a foggy spring morning, road cyclists are especially vulnerable when the light dips. Bright colours combined with carefully-positioned reflective detailing are crucial for being seen on the road. Subtle features on Rapha's most distinctive clothing attract attention when you need it most and hide highly visible elements in daylight. Through more than a decade of innovation, and in tens of thousands of miles on the road, we’ve developed visibly different roadwear designed to perform day and night.
What to wear
The three considerations above sit across a wide range of Rapha products. Year round, you can stay seen – and safer – with reflective and hi-vis clothing from top to toe.
Brevet Insulated Jacket
Extremely lightweight, insulating layers with reflective details throughout.
Women’s Brevet Gilet
The perfect outer shell on your low-light road-rides, or dark commutes through the city.
Wind-resistant oversocks, introducing a pioneering reflective yarn for increased visibility.
Women’s Brevet Long Sleeve Jersey
An extremely visible long sleeve jersey tailor-made for endurance rides.
Women’s Brevet Bib Shorts
Supportive and comfortable cycling bib shorts with reflective features designed for the rigours of all-day riding.
Entirely reflective for maximum visibility, these overshoes are essential for anyone who trains or commutes through the dark winter months.
Pro Team Race Cape
Fully waterproof and breathable outer shell to get you through the toughest rides.
RCC Pro Team Winter Tights
Technical winter tights with RCC reflective detailing keeping you visible from all sides.
Winter Windblock Jersey
A highly versatile jersey combining a windproof front and a breathable back with reflective tabs on the wrists and pockets for added visibility.
Reflective Climber’s Shoes
Worn by riders in the world’s greatest races, the Climber’s Shoes are now available in a highly reflective version.
See through the seasons
Bright colours and bold reflective stripes ensure you’re seen through the gloomier months.
Both reflective and hi-vis materials are used in Rapha clothing to improve visibility on the road, but both work in different ways. Hi-vis or fluorescent fabrics interact with the sun’s ultraviolet rays making them appear luminous in gloomy conditions, when other colours would be muted. Reflective fabrics are employed in the dark, and only work when illuminated by a light, reflecting to stand out against the surrounding dark.
Rapha uses retroreflective elements in many of its garments. This material reflects light directly back into the source, rather than dissipating it into the environment, working in the same way a mirror would. As a result, the material shines much brighter than those without these qualities. Rapha uses only the highest grade retroreflective material, not only for its effectiveness but also for its durability.