Rapha Emergency Gilet review

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60.0 out of 5 stars

"Lightweight and compact with some nice features but so expensive"

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 11.00pm By

Billed as the lightest gilet on the market - which it isn't - Rapha's Emergency Gilet is still light and compact, especially in its sausage-shaped stuffsack, which fits under your saddle.

It's made from Pertex Quantum, a thin wind- and shower-proof synthetic that feels very like the fabric of the Optik. The sides and most of the back are mesh for breathability; the hem is elasticated, and the slightly dropped tail has a Pertex panel for spray protection.

The collar is adjustable, thanks to Velcro, so it can be made quite snug. There's reflective piping across the upper back and a little breast pocket that would easily fit a phone. The cut is quite close, although I wore Small rather than Medium at Rapha's suggestion. When packing the gilet, be careful to avoid snagging the mesh with the Velcro.

Rapha pitch this as a get-you-home garment rather than all-day wear. It'll do that just fine, but so will the Adidas, Optik or Conti gilets, which are £40-£60 cheaper.

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Specification

Name:
Emergency Gilet
Brand:
Rapha
Price:
£85

Additional Zipped Pocket:
t
Elasticated Hem:
t
Extendable/Drop Back:
t
Mesh Inserts:
t
No. of Pockets:
1
Reflective Piping/Accents:
t
Vented:
t
Water-Resistant:
t
Weight (g):
91
Windproof:
t
Clothing Sizes Available:
L M S XL
Available Colours:
Black Silver
Available In (Mens/Womens):
Mens
Fastening Type:
Full-Zip
Pocket Types:
Phone

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