The brand offer a huge range of clothing, as well as accessories right down to the classy leather ‘essentials case’ which is probably the least essential item in cycling but by far the most luxurious. However, there are four stand out collections.
We checked out the 2016 range with a full overview of everything that’s new here
The original, twelve year old Classic range with its subtle colourways and unmissable single white stripe has remained almost unchanged up until this year. For 2016 the brand updated the options with the Classic II Jersey which features slightly lighter, softer, more breathable merino fabric with a reworked fit and reduced bulk. The subtle collection is a sportive favourite with a more forgiving fit and can be paired with a wide range of bibs, waist shorts, tights and three quarters all with various splashes of colour to match.
At the racier end, is the Souplesse range – light, aero-fit tight, and available with some bolder patterns for those after something stand-out. This year the range excited us with amazing nautical stripes in a feat of reflectivity that’s both eye-catching and practical for those low light mornings and evenings. With Rapha now sponsoring one of the top women’s UCI pro teams with race kit and skinsuits based on the Souplesse, we can only expect the offering to get even better based on rider feedback.
More recently, Rapha added the ‘Core’ range, designed to offer an affordable entry into their wardrobe. Jerseys start at £75, and shorts at £80. The shorts use the same chamois as much higher end versions, and the jerseys are super stretchy and breathable. Small corners have been cut to reduce the cost, such as fewer panels, fewer stitching styles, and cheaper material used to produce grippers at the cuffs.
On a note completely other from the Classic and Souplesse ranges is the City selection. Stunning kit for day-to-day life, all with cycling inspired features that are designed to make commuting more inviting, it could well be tempting to build an entire capsule wardrobe based on Rapha’s designs. From relaxed leggings with reinforced fabric and high waists to avoid mid-ride flashing, to our absolute favourite, the Deconstructed Blazer with breathable fabric and reflective stripes, every piece is created with the needs of a cyclist in mind.