There is something special about Rapha products that I can't quite put my finger on. For some reason when I pop on a Rapha product, I instantly feel good in it.
Rapha's new commuter range for Spring 2014, has had me drooling and to be honest I am touch ashamed of myself. Put to the test though, I have to say that some of the items in the range have definitely favoured style over substance. Here are my thoughts on the Rapha Bomber Jacket.
With a silky finish, this jacket screams premium when you pick it up. Made from a water-resistant, breathable fabric, this has become my commuting jacket over the past couple of weeks.
The bomber style and colour (I opted for the bright orange but there is a more subdued navy one too) are right up my alley and despite the bike specific features within the jacket, I feel completely comfortable going from bike too bar in it.
I took a size medium which was just about big enough for my size UK10 frame, although I do have a very long body so a little extra length wouldn't have gone astray.
On the bike, the jacket performs well. It is breathable but beware this jacket will not see you through a typical British downpour unscathed. I was extremely grateful of the drop-down storm guard which saved me from a wet bottom post downpour on my way home the other evening though. This is so discreetly stashed away, nobody will ever even know it exists!
In addition to the drop-down the jacket also features windstopper cuffs, and discreet high vis trims. The jacket also has two concealed zipped pockets in the front and a button-down patch pocket on the back.
Lastly and probably most important for me, the jacket washes really well. I managed to spill gravy the whole way down the front of the jacket (don't ask!). A quick handwash later and the jacket was as good as new - PHEW!
There is no denying that this jacket is a delightful luxury if you have the cash to spare. It will take you from Spring commuting through to autumn and looks as good off the bike as it does on it.
This jacket is perfect for fair weather commuting. It looks fantastic and feels great to wear.
It has a hefty price tag and could do with a slightly longer length. It would have been great if the jacket was fully waterproof due to our unpredictable weather but I realise this would take away from the look and feel of the jacket.
Sizes: XXS - XL