Rapha Transfer jacket £190

Warm-up, on/off bike jacket

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The Rapha Transfer jacket uses PrimaLoft One machine-washable synthetic down, and has stretch panels running down the arms and on each side of the body.

The pockets are lined with soft, super-snug Tricot, with the waterproof full-length front zip offset. It weighs 490g and will fold into its rear pocket at a push.

The down does a great job of keeping your body heat in and the wind out, with raindrops beading on the surface. It stays insulated when wet and is quick to dry too, though for heavier rain we'd still wear a dedicated waterproof. The hem is cinched and elasticated to keep draughts out.

We'd have preferred a longer tail for cycling, because on wet roads your bum'll get covered. It's a very cosy jacket when you're riding, but you could easily overheat. The left shoulder is quilted for carrying a courier bag.

The Transfer looks the part when you're in civvies. Well, the black one does, the 'Tango-ed' orange might be just a little too loud for the pub or cafe – probably its most natural environment. But it's ideal for pre-ride warm-ups, cold and dry rides or for the first few minutes on a turbo.

It's a moot point as to whether we need another style of cycling top, but Rapha has at least put a lot of thought into the Transfer.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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