Rapha Classic Gilet II review$160.00

Lightweight, windproof protection

BikeRadar score4.5/5

This updated version of Rapha’s Classic not only tweaks design but is also 20 percent cheaper than its original incarnation.

Its stretchy fabric provides a fitted flap-free cut and being Rapha has a race fit. Rapha has used more substantial windproof panels on the front and back which do a good job of keeping the elements out. These panels also feature a hydrophobic coating that sees rain bead off during a shower.

The small front zip is reversed to keep drafts at bay but can be fiddly to use with gloves on.

Rapha has added a mesh rear and side panels so there’s never an issue with overheating even during hard training intervals.

The rear stash pockets and front zip pocket are a useful addition, and when not in use easily fits into a jersey pocket.

While this lightweight gilet isn’t cheap it rides well and delivers high on quality and function.

  • Weight: 75g (Size S)
  • Sizes: XS–XXL
  • Colours: Black, Blue, Chartreuse

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

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