Rapha Cross Jersey and Pro Team bib shorts review£325.00

Kit designed for 'cross season

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Rapha has supported cyclocross with its limited range of themed clothing for several years now, and the 2018–2019 season sees a new jersey design, which we’ve matched with some usefully extended road shorts to get you through the worst weather.

Rapha Cross Jersey

The fabric is extremely stretchy, and fits as close as a skinsuit
The fabric is extremely stretchy, and fits as close as a skinsuit

Termed as the Cross Long Sleeve Race Jersey — there’s a short sleeve version too — this jersey’s fit is based on the Pro Team race jersey, with cyclocross additions. If you’ve not tried Pro Team gear before, check Rapha’s fitting guide because it’s less forgiving than normal.

This year’s pattern mixes teal, red, white and pink with the black base colour in to a geometric design, criss-crossed by parallel lines.

Rapha’s Cross colours are easily recognisable in this striking pattern, and there’s a full-length zip with a curved, moulded pull that’s easy to grab quickly while riding, a thin embroidered pad integrated into the right shoulder to assist bike shouldering, and a silicone gripper across the rear for retention.

The fabric is extremely stretchy, and fits as close as a skinsuit, but with a lightly brushed inner face and sufficient thermal properties to keep you warm without overheating.

Flap-free sleeves end in tight cuffs that don’t interfere with gloves, and the average height collar isn’t too tall. The three rear drop pockets are designed to stay flat so as not to catch the wind or a carried bike, and there’s a small zipped valuables pocket too.

Rapha Cross Jersey specifications

  • Material: 81% Polyester / 19% Elastane
  • Pockets: Three low-profile rear / one zipped
  • £130 / $180 / AU$230

Rapha Cross Shorts

Multiple panels provide great support
Multiple panels provide great support

Rapha’s Pro Team Bib Shorts II build on the durable comfort of the originals, and add a much improved leg gripper. The wide, slim Lycra band with internally printed silicone dots grips effectively and spreads the pressure over a greater area.

The mesh bibs have folded and bonded edges, reducing jersey show-through and increasing long ride comfort, and the dual density pad is externally contoured and extremely comfortable.

Multiple panels provide great support and this version is longer in the leg for extended thigh coverage that’s very welcome on cold days, and not at all restrictive.

Rapha Cross Shorts specifications

  • Material: 78% Nylon / 22% Elastane
  • £195 / $270 / AU$340
Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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