Rapha’s guide to staying warm
Staying warm when out on the road is all about effective layering. Being comfortable makes enjoying a ride that much easier, so use our guide and learn the principles for dressing correctly for the cold road ahead.
What to wear
Building from the base layer, Rapha products follow the principles above to ward off the cold without flapping in the wind or weighing you down. Here are a few key pieces for this season.
Long Sleeve Tricolour Jersey
A warm and comfortable long sleeve jersey inspired by the classic ‘tricolore’ designs of the early 20th century.
Merino Short Sleeve Base Layer
Rapha’s Merino under vests wick moisture superbly and are extremely odour resistant.
Women’s Brevet Long Sleeve Jersey
The popular Brevet Jersey, designed for staying visible during long-distance adventures.
Classic Winter Jacket
Our most versatile bad weather jacket. Breathable protection from the rain, wind and cold.
Women’s Classic Winter Jacket
The ideal garment for winter base miles, with the ability to withstand the coldest conditions.
A three-layer insulated hat with a windproof outer layer, ear covers and a soft merino lining.
Pro Team Softshell Jacket
Made with an innovative Polartec fabric that strikes the perfect balance between rain protection and breathability.
Souplesse Thermal Bib Shorts
A winter version of Rapha’s award winning Souplesse Bib Shorts, giving warmth and comfort.
Wind-resistant oversocks, introducing a pioneering reflective yarn for increased visibility.
Pro Team Winter Hat
A winter hat constructed from a thin, breathable softshell fabric with water-resistant treatment.
Insulating, naturally antibacterial and odour resistant, merino is a wonder wool for winter riding.
Merino features extensively in Rapha’s range, from winter caps all the way down to socks. In studies conducted by the Clothing and Textile Sciences Department at New Zealand’s University of Otago, a group of significantly fitter than average athletes were monitored during a range of exercises in varying conditions. To determine the extent to which the fabric worn when exercising affected performance, the athletes were tested first wearing merino garments and subsequently wearing performance garments made from 100% polyester. In an effort to prove the versatility of merino, both athletes and garments were tested in both cold and hot conditions, at 8C and 32C respectively.
The results were striking. While all the athletes displayed a lower heart rate during periods of exertion wearing merino compared with polyester in cold conditions, their heart rates in hot weather were lower still. Similarly, the onset of sweating happened much sooner when the polyester garments were worn although, interestingly, the difference was more pronounced in cold conditions than hot. Lastly, the percentage increase in core body temperature was lower for the test subjects wearing merino than synthetics, markedly so in hot conditions.