Rapha’s guide to changing conditions
Enjoying your ride shouldn’t come down to a game of chance. Plan ahead, check the forecast and make sure you’re ready to ride through the best and the worst of the weather ahead with versatile clothing that allows you to be flexible.
What to wear
When changeable conditions are forecast, dressing correctly can be a hard combination to master. The below products offer you versatility for adjusting on the fly.
Brevet Long Sleeve Windblock jersey
Visible protection and comfort across a huge range of conditions.
Women’s Brevet Gilet
Windproof, high-visibility gilet, with reflective stripes and breathable mesh side panels.
Pro Team Long Sleeve Shadow Jersey
Offering the protection of a jacket and the comfort and fit of a jersey.
Women’s Short Sleeve Merino Mesh Base Layer
A staple for any cyclist's wardrobe. The Merino Mesh Base Layer offers warmth without weight.
Pro Team Shadow Leg Warmers
Exceptional wet-weather protection for your legs, made from Rapha’s revolutionary Shadow fabric.
Prepared for anything
With versatility a key consideration, our Brevet collection performs in a wide range of conditions.
Alpha synthetic insulation, made by American fabric producer Polartec, was first developed for the US Special Forces to be used in combat uniforms. They requested a fabric that was versatile enough to eliminate the need for shedding layers during activity, by providing warmth and breathability at the same time as being lightweight.
Karen Whittier, Polartec’s insulation product manager, said: “The Special Operations Command came to Polartec for an insulation that matched the start-stop nature of combat, and performed in the extreme temperatures of mountainous terrain. Polartec Alpha was engineered as an active insulation that regulates core body temperatures during both dynamic and static activities. The adaptive breathability helps eliminate the need of shedding or adding layers while on the move, making it ideal for cycling.
“By placing patented low-density fibres between air permeable fabric layers, we created a more efficient product for regulating warmth and transferring moisture. The fabric is highly compressible, made with a stable core of lofted knit fibres that prevents fibre migration and keeps a uniform consistency, even after heavy wear and repeated laundering.”