Rapha Emergency Gilet review

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.

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
£85.00 RRP
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Our review

Lightweight and compact with some nice features but so expensive
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Emergency Gilet
Brand Rapha

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