Rapha Touring Shorts review£70.00

Cheerful but not cheap

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Rapha's touring shorts are for roadies who aren’t keen on tight Lycra. They’re pad-free and, according to Rapha, ‘designed specifically to be worn over your favourite bib-shorts’.

To that end they’re comfortable, well made, featherlight, have a flattering non-baggy cut and excellent wicking properties. Two small zipped pockets on the front and rear don’t offer much stowage space for anything more than a mobile, your Platinum card and the keys to the Jag.

As much as we like them, we can’t quite shift the feeling that we’re paying £70 for, well, just a pair of shorts and, although they cost £50 more, we’d be inclined to opt for the brand’s Fixed shorts instead.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 188cm / 6'2''
  • Weight: 92kg / 203lb
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 112cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Big, fast descents and rough surfaces like cobbles or strada bianca
  • Current Bikes: Decade Tripster ATR, Dedacciai Temarario, Cannondale Synapse, BMC Granfondo Disc Di2, Genesis Day One CX, Parlee Z Zero Custom, Storck Scenario Comp Custom, DMR Trailstar, Bianchi Pista, Cube SUV 29er e-bike
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Oltre Disc, Bianchi Specialissima, Cannondale Slate, Buffalo Bike
  • Beer of Choice: Brew Dog Punk IPA
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK

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