Rapha has reduced a huge number of products by up to 50 per cent including jackets, jerseys, tights, gloves, accessories and more, and it ends on Thursday 27 August.
Let’s not forget that internet retail giant Wiggle also stocks Rapha and is currently running an online archive sale of old stock, some with added discounts on top of the previously reduced prices, making some discounts up to an impressive 70 per cent off.
Okay, they may look ridiculous but there’s merit in this ‘lobster claw’ style overmitt, and that’s serious warmth.
They may look bulky but they’re claimed to offer great dexterity for shifting and braking, and keeping your fingers next to each other helps to generate warmth.
At a quarter of the retail price, these are a bargain not to be missed in preparation for winter weather.
Rapha Brevet Insulated Jacket
Rapha’s Brevet collection is aimed at long-distance riders and randonneurs. The Brevet Insulated jacket contains Polartec Alpha insulation to keep you warm when the weather turns against you, while remaining light, breathable and packable.
Rapha Classic Winter Jacket
Arguably the brand’s most versatile jacket, the Classic Winter Jacket is cut from Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric to provide breathable insulation that is claimed to be waterproof and windproof.
The Chartreuse colour – an eye-catching bright yellow – will keep you visible all day and sees the biggest discount.
Rapha Commuter Jacket
We gave this jacket four stars when we reviewed it; it provides great visibility, has a generous fit and is really practical for any commuter cyclist.
It features a hydrophobic membrane to repel water and is packable enough to fit in your jersey pocket. Plus, it’s extremely comfortable to boot.
Rapha Souplesse Thermal Jersey (women’s)
This jersey is designed to be less bulky than its competitors while still keeping riders warm. Cut in Rapha’s race fit and finished with a soft fleece brushed-back inner lining, it’s bound to please.
Rapha Souplesse Gloves
These gloves are designed for between-seasons cool weather, when your hands need to be covered but not overheated.
Their dual-layer construction includes the same water-resistant and breathable fabric that’s used in the Pro Team Race Cape, for low-bulk and low-profile gloves with good dexterity. What’s more, the polka-dot design looks great.
Rapha Souplesse Long Sleeve Aero Jersey (women’s)
Rapha claims that this is its fastest race jersey ever, thanks to the blend of smooth fabrics with rough textures and bonded seams, which it says provides an aero advantage.
The fabric is light and stretchy, with interior pockets constructed from a breathable mesh.
Rapha Classic Shorts (women’s)
These longer editions of Rapha’s classic shorts (also available in a shorter cut) are an understated staple of the British company’s Core collection. We gave them four stars when we tested them for their supportive, supremely comfortable fit and well thought-out construction.
As well as flat-lock stitching and the use of panels, typical of Rapha’s designs, the shorts include a high extended fitting band at the back and leg grippers to prevent them riding up.
Rapha Short Sleeve Pro Team Base Layer (women’s)
Designed with input and feedback from pro cyclists, Rapha’s Pro Team collection was built with aerodynamics and performance in mind.
The sleeved baselayer is made from a lightweight open-mesh fabric for breathability on long hot rides, and there are super-stretch side panels made of soft fabrics for a close fit. Bonded seams at the back and flat-lock twin-needle seams elsewhere are used to minimise rubbing.
Rapha Explore Gloves
These full-finger gloves are built to offer a lightweight, durable protective layer for warm to hot days of riding.
The palm has a suede section for grip (also used on the fingers and helpfully compatible with a smartphone). There are also gel pad inserts to absorb the bumps and vibrations of riding off-road, while a rolled cuff should help prevent chafing at the wrist.
Rapha Pro Team Bib Shorts
As Rapha’s top of the range cycling bib shorts, it’s no surprise that these come with a hefty price tag, even with a 30 per cent discount. These are the shorts worn by the riders of EF Pro Cycling and are designed with multiple panels, bonded mesh shoulder straps and a dual-density Pro Team chamois pad for improved fit and comfort.
The radio pockets are offset from the spine and the legs are equipped with extra-wide silicone grippers to keep them in place.
Whether you’re after every-day riding gear or something in which to tackle the pro peloton, the Rapha Pro Team are a strong choice.
Rapha Pro Team Lightweight Rain Gilet
Perfect for cold, rainy weather we’ve found the Pro Team’s three-layer fabric construction offers outstanding waterproofing and a race-ready fit.
There’s a rubber-like film on its large rear pocket for added spray protection, plus a top Velcro tab and two-way zip for cooling options.