Rapha rolls out new cool-weather styles

New additions to City, Pro Team, Souplesse collections

As the northern hemisphere heads into the colder months, Rapha unveiled a few new pieces of clothing, and a few new styles for current designs.


Rapha’s head of product design Alex Valdman came from designing product at Giro, and, before that, Levi’s. When he came on two years ago, he first reworked Rapha’s trousers, then moved into tops like the new Longsleeve Merino Polo, which has a light, perforated wool back.

Rapha Merino Oxford and Merino T-Shirt
Rapha Merino Oxford and Merino T-Shirt

The Crew Mesh Knit, shown here, has bright pink cuffs with a reflective yarn tucked under the outer cuff, which can be rolled back for high visibility when riding.

Rapha calls the cuff style Signal, and it features on all the new longsleeve city tops.

The Pack Jacket, as it sounds, is a wind jacket that packs down into a small, self-contained pouch.

Rapha City Crew Neck and Pack Jacket
Rapha City Crew Neck and Pack Jacket


Rapha launched with its now distinctive, left-arm-band Classic jerseys 12 years ago. This year Valdman reworked them — “12 changes for 12 years,” I was told — but the original Sportwool material of 60% polyester / 40% merino remains in the jerseys.

For jackets, Rapha used to have softshell and hardshell jackets. Now the Classic Softshell II is a hybrid of the two.

Rapha Pro Team Race Cape and Classic Tricolour Jersey
Rapha Pro Team Race Cape and Classic Tricolour Jersey

Pro Team

Alongside socks, the Pro Team pieces are Rapha’s best sellers. New this year is a Polartec addition to the Pro Team Softshell Jacket.

Besides the jacket, yellow is now an option for base layers, bib shorts, and long and shortsleeve jerseys.


Rapha Women's Cross and Souplesse Jerseys
Rapha Women's Cross and Souplesse Jerseys

The women’s collection gets new thermal bib shorts plus new styles for existing pieces. 

You can see more at http://pages.rapha.cc/feature/new-season-collections.

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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