Mini review: Rapha Softshell Gilet£150.00

Stylish and practical, but at a price

BikeRadar score3/5

Rapha's gilet comes with the de rigueur long-cut back. It’s also windproof, warmer than many other gilets and, thanks to a layer of Hytrel, it’s pretty breathable too. 

The full-length zip is offset so you can easily get to layers underneath, although it’s worth noting that Rapha’s medium comes up smaller than most) 

Neat touches include loads of pockets, zipped, reflective piping, pink cable loops for iPod cable routing  and – in one of the pockets – a narrative about Andre Tchmil in the ’94 Paris-Roubaix! 

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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